Since taking over the walks from Nick White in January we have been pleased to meet over twenty of you on the Society’s Sunday walks and enjoy good walking, pleasant company and fortuitously good weather. The March walk from Hadlow along the River Medway, lead by Velma Keys, was particularly well attended with fifteen walkers and a delightful spaniel called Meg. We are also grateful to Peter Ashwell and Howard Beckford for their part in leading walks.

We will be delighted to see you and your friends (and other well behaved dogs and children) on these walks, which are held on the last Sunday of each month. We will also be delighted to receive feedback about the walks particularly if you have suggestions to increase the numbers of us out walking on these occasions or if you would like to lead a walk. We will continue to send an email reminder to those people on our list. If you are not receiving this and would like to do so please send us your email contact details. If you no longer wish to receive this email reminder please let us know and we will remove you from our list.

At the time of going to press, the additional morning walks scheduled from April onwards had not yet started so it is too early to say what the take up will be. However, we will continue these until September. In October 2018 we will return to holding afternoon walks only until March 2019. If the morning walks prove sufficiently popular we will reintroduce them from April 2019.

Sunday 26 August (Walks 52 and 14)

Together, walks 52 and 14 make up the Society’s suggested combination walk G. However, there is no obligation to do both. Please feel free to join the morning walk, the afternoon walk or both as you wish. Both walks will start from the Crown Point Loop just off the A25 at TN15 0HB (map reference TQ 576557). The Crown Point Inn is very close to the start and there is a picnic spot and parking available in nearby Styants wood.

Morning walk  (Walk 52)

Meet in time for a 10:00 start (see above). The walk from Crown Point to Godden Green and Stone Street is 5 miles in length and the going is moderate.

Afternoon walk (Walk 14)

Meet in time for a 14:00 start as above. This is not the normal start for this walk. It is actually point 6 on the Sevenoaks Society Map of Walk 14. The walk, which proceeds through Styants Wood to Oldbury Hill and Fish Ponds Wood before returning to Crown Point is 3.5 miles in length and is Hilly.

Sunday 30 September

There will be a morning walk and an afternoon walk both starting from West Peckham. The green at West Peckham is a delightful spot for a picnic and the Swan is conveniently situated for lunchtime refreshment should this be required.

Morning walk

Meet in time for a prompt 10:00 start from the Swan on the Green pub. The walk will take the form of a southerly loop of around 6 miles of fairly flat walking taking in various points of local interest such as East Peckham church, Roydon Hall, Hadlow Tower and Oxen Hoath.

Afternoon walk (New Walk 62)

This is a new walk recently introduced by Nick White and forms part of volume 6 of the Society’s Walks due to be published in 2018.

Meet at entrance to West Peckham at the junction of Mereworth Road, Church Road and Forge Lane in time for a prompt 14:00 start. The walk heads North West on Stan Lane to Bo-peep Shaw then to Yotes Court, Wold's End Wood, Swanton Valley, and Hurstwood before returning via Rat's Castle and Gover Hill to Oxenhoath, Court Lodge Farm and West Peckham. The walk is 5 miles in length and is moderately hilly.

Sunday 28 October 2018 (Walk 22)

Meet on Westerham Green near the statue of Winston Churchill (map reference TQ 447540) in time for a prompt 14:00 start. The walk takes a Southerly route via Hosey Common, Chartwell and Froghole before returning via Crockhamhill Common and Squerryes. This walk is 5.5 miles in length and hilly.

Sunday 25 November 2018 (New Walk 56)

This is a new walk recently introduced by Nick White and forms part of volume 6 of the Society’s Walks due to be published in 2018.

Meet at public car park in Cudham, 50m south of Blacksmith’s Arms TN14 7QB (map reference TQ446597) in time for a prompt 14:00 start. The walk heads north east to Mace Farm and Norstead Manor Farm before returning south via The Washneys and Newlands Wood to Birches Croft and Cacket’s Farm back to Cudham. This walk is just under 5 miles in length and pleasantly undulating rather than hilly. It can be muddy in parts and dogs, although welcome on walks, may have difficulty with some stiles.

There is no walk in December

Sunday 27 Jan 2019 (Walk 2)

Meet at Godden Green opposite the Bucks Head, TN15 0JJ (map reference TQ553551) in time for a prompt 14:00 start. The walk heads east on good tracks and paths to Stone Street and Ightam Mote returning via Wilmot Hill and Bitchet Green then back via field paths and woods (where they may be some mud) to Godden Green. The walk is 5 miles in length and is hilly in parts.

Nick and Lydia Umney


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