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Group Walks

The popular country walks are open to all. They take place on the last Sunday of each month and are led by an experienced guide. For times and details, see below.

Below is the current programme. The walks are normally between four and six miles in length, lasting for about two and a half hours, and starting and finishing at the same point. Children are welcome, as are dogs so long as kept under control.

Do get in touch with Nick or Lydia Umney if you wish to be notified by email of forthcoming walks, have any queries, or wish to lead a walk. nick@umney.co.uk or lydia@umney.co.uk

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Afternoon Walks start at 2.00pm on Sundays. Combination walks start at 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. See below.

Our walking guides continue to sell well. Out of 3000 copies that we have had printed there are just 770 remaining. No problems with footpaths have been reported in recent months, but that may change when the brambles start growing!

Sunday 28 January 2018. Walk 54
Meet in time for a 14:00 start from the George Inn, Trottiscliffe, ME19 5DR in the centre of the village (map reference TQ641599). The walk via the Pilgrim’s Way and Coldrum Long Barrow is 5.5 miles in length with mainly easy going on minor roads and tracks.

Sunday 25 February 2018. Walk 4
Meet in time for a 14:00 start from the White Rock Inn at Underriver, TN15 0SB (map reference TQ556520). The walk via Budd’s Green and Carters Hill is just over 4 miles in length, almost entirely on footpaths and has one significant ascent from Budd’s Green to the greensand ridge at wilmot ‘s cottage.

Sunday 25 March 2018.
Meet at Hadlow Town Square, TN11 0DA (map reference TQ634498) in time for a 14:00 start. The walk down to Hartlake Bridge via Hadlow Place Farm, then alongside the river to the East Lock and Ford Green Bridge to Barnes Street and back to Hadlow is around 5 miles and is flat.

Sunday 29 April 2018. Walks 47 & 53

Together, walks 47 and 53 make up the Society’s suggested combination walk L. However, there is no obligation to do both. Please feel free to join the morning walk, the afternoon walk or both as you wish.

Morning walk (Walk 47) Meet at Smith’s Lane, Crockham at the junction with Deanery Road and the B2690 (map reference TQ442506) in time for a 10:00 start. The walk to Limpsfield Chart, Froghole and back to Crockham Hill is 5 miles in length and hilly in parts. We should arrive back at Crockham Hill at about 12:30.

You may wish to consider also doing the afternoon walk in which case lunch at the Royal Oak in Crockham Hill may appeal.

Afternoon walk (Walk 53) Meet at Smith’s Lane, Crockham at the junction with Deanery Road and the B2690 (map reference TQ442506) in time for a 14:00 start. The walk to Pootings and north of Edenbridge is 5 miles in length and is moderately hilly.

Sunday 27 May 2018. Walks 12 and 15
Together, walks 12 and15 make up the Society’s suggested combination walk A. However, there is no obligation to do both. Please feel free to join the morning walk, the afternoon walk or both as you wish.

Morning walk (Walk 15) Meet in the forecourt of Shoreham Station close to the A225 in time for a 10:00 start. The walk, mainly on footpaths, runs through the Darent valley to Lullingstone Visitor Centre, returning along the river to Shoreham, a total of 7 miles, graded moderate.

You may wish to consider also doing the afternoon walk in which case a pub lunch or picnic lunch may appeal. There are several conveniently situated pubs in Shoreham.

Afternoon walk (Walk 12) Meet in the forecourt of Shoreham Station close to the A225 in time for a 14:00 start. The walk, which is mainly on paths, passes through the former Upper Austin Golf Course, Romney Street and Dunstall farm before returning to Shoreham is 5 miles in length and hilly.

Sunday 24 June 2018. Walks 9 and 44
Together, walks 9 and 44 make up the Society’s suggested combination walk J. However, there is no obligation to do both. Please feel free to join the morning walk, the afternoon walk or both as you wish.

Morning walk (Walk 9) Meet at Dryhill Nature Reserve off Dryhill Lane, Sevenoaks (map reference TQ497552) in time for a 10:00 start. The walk via Shrubs Corner, Brittains Lane and Bessels Green is 5 miles in length and is easy. Dryhill nature reserve is an excellent place for a picnic if the weather is fine.

You may wish to consider also doing the afternoon walk in which case a picnic lunch may appeal. There are also several pubs in the vicinity the nearest being the White Horse at Sundridge about 0.8 miles away.

Afternoon walk (Walk 44) Meet at Dryhill Nature Reserve off Dryhill Lane, Sevenoaks (map reference TQ497552) in time for a 14:00 start. The walk via Sundridge Church, Manor Farm, Shrubs Corner and Green Lane Farm is 4.5 miles and is easy.

Walks in 2017 archive

Sunday 30 July 2017. Walk 31. Meet in layby at road junction where B2188 forks ¾ mile south of Penshurst. Grid reference 523427. The walk is 6 miles with easy going. It goes to Poundbridge and Speldhurst. Leader Nick White

Sunday 20 August 2017. Walk 17. Meet on the green at Leigh, grid reference 550465. The walk is 4¾ miles to Powder Mills, River Medway and Haysden Lake. The going is easy. Leader Howard Beckford

Sunday 24 September 2017. Meet in the road opposite The Chaser at Shipbourne, grid reference 593523. The walk is 5 miles with easy going to the east and south of Shipbourne. Leader Velma Keys

Sunday 29 October 2017.  Walk 41. Meet in Church Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5BD, on the south side of the church, grid reference 445462. The walk is 4½ miles with easy going but it can be muddy in places. It goes to Delaware Farm and Marsh Green. Leader Peter Ashwell

Sunday 26 November 2017. Walk 43. Meet by the church in Cowden. The walk is 4 miles on the Sussex Border Path then to Cowden Station and Pyle Gate Farm. It can be muddy in places. Leader Howard Beckford