Group Walks

walks1dThe 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.

walks1cBelow 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. or

 

 

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!

 

The walks programme will continue in the afternoons of the last Sunday in each month. All walks start promptly at 14:00 unless otherwise indicated. We have decided not to continue with the morning walks, as there has not been sufficient interest shown in the past six months to make both a morning and an afternoon walk a viable proposition. Walks numbers 14, 21 and 44 were previously scheduled but due to bad weather and England footballing success did not take place. Walks for February, April and July 2019 have been chosen to try to take advantage of fine displays of snowdrops, bluebells and lavender respectively on or near the chosen routes. Reminders are sent out a week ahead to those on the walks email list. If you are not on this list already but would like to receive walks reminders or if you would like to request or lead a particular walk please contact us (details below). Well-behaved dogs and children are welcome on the walks. Copies of the walks booklets can be obtained from a variety of outlets including the Sevenoaks Bookshop.

 

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.

Meet at public car park in Cudham, 50m south of Blacksmith’s Arms TN14 7QB (map reference TQ446597) in time for a 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, then 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 TQ 553551) in time for a 14:00 start. The walk heads east on good tracks and paths to Stone Street and Ightham 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.

 

Sunday 24 February 2019 (Walk 19) 

Meet at Chevening Church, on the drive at the back of the churchyard (map reference TQ 489577) in time for a 14:00 start. From the church the route runs north and east, with excellent views over Chevening House and Park, to Sundridge Lane and the North Downs Way where we will hope to see a fine display of many thousands of snowdrops in bloom. The walk runs along the chalk downs before descending to Turvins Farm and returning to Chevening Church. The walk is 4.5 miles in length and hilly. There may be some mud, but very few stiles.

 

Sunday 31 March 2019 (Walk 14)

Meet in time for a 14:00 start at the car park in Styants Wood (map reference TQ 578558), which is just off the A25 on the opposite side of the road to the Crown Point Inn. 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. Built in the 1stcentury BC in a strategic position overlooking routes through the Kentish Weald Oldbury Camp is the largest Iron Age hill fort in south-eastern England. There is an early Stone Age rock shelter just off the route that we can visit if anyone would like to do so.

 

Sunday 28 April 2019 (Walk 13)

Meet at Kemsing car park west of church (map reference TQ 555587) in time for a 14:00 start. Having ascended to the North Downs the route travels east to Cotmans Ash and Summeryards Wood before heading north to Drane Farm and Knockmill, returning west and south via Woodlands Manor and the Rising Sun pub to Otford Manor and back to Kemsing. The walk from Kemsing up onto the North Downs is hilly but those willing to make the effort at this time of year should be rewarded with a magnificent bluebell display. We will inspect the route a few days ahead and modify it if necessary to ensure Sunday walkers get the best of the bluebells. 

 

Sunday 26 May 2019 (Walk 44)

Meet at Dryhill Nature Reserve off Dryhill Lane, Sevenoaks (map reference TQ497552) in time for a 14:00 start. The walk runs west towards Sundridge Church passing a monks’ well and chestnut trees planted to celebrate the 1588 victory over the Spanish Armada before heading south east to Manor Farm, Back Lane and (recently revitalised) Shrubs Corner topiary elephant and birds, then heading west again to return to Dryhill. The walk is 4.5miles and is easy.

Dryhill nature reserve is an excellent place for a picnic if the weather is fine. There are also several pubs in the vicinity the nearest being the White Horse at Sundridge about 0.8 miles away. Parking is available at the start.

 

Sunday 30 June 2019 (Walk 21)

The walk starts from the eastern end of Leigh village green near the junction of Powder Mills Lane with the Hildenborough Road (B2027) opposite the church (map reference TQ549465). Meet in time for a 14:00 start. The walk, from Leigh to Penshurst and Penshurst Park is 5 miles in length and is easy but rewarding with fine views over The Weald.

Leigh village green is a good spot for a picnic and the Fleur de Lis pub is nearby. Parking is available at various points around the green.  

 

Sunday 28 July 2019 (Walk 29)

Meet at entrance to car park at Otford Memorial Hall, TN14 5PQ in time for a 14:00 start. The walk runs alongside the River Darent and across fields before ascending to the Shoreham Terrace where we may be rewarded with views of lavender fields below. The walk returns back into Shoreham along the river and past the church before crossing the A225 to climb the other side of the valley with further magnificent views and thence back to Otford. The walk is 5.5 miles in length and hilly.

Nick and Lydia Umney

  

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