Borough Green to Sevenoaks walk

A Country House, Igtham Mote (NT), Knole Palace and deer park (NT), as well as pretty countryside, and close to London.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date Post # Weather
Sat, 04-Jun-22 Borough Green to Sevenoaks 22 a bit autumnal
Sun, 13-Mar-22 Sunday walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks 4 rain before lunch
Wed, 27-Oct-21 Wednesday Walk Borough Green to Sevenoaks - Basted Village, Plaxtol with its Cromwellian Church, Ightham Mote and Knole Park 19 breezy sunny mostly with some cloud
Sat, 08-May-21 Saturday Walk Borough Green to Sevenoaks - Plaxtol, Igtham Mote and deer in Knole Park - plus apple blossom and bluebells 7 overcast all day with threatening skies and a blustery wind
Fri, 27-Dec-19 Friday Walk Borough Green to Sevenoaks 13 mild sunny winters day
Sat, 17-Nov-18 Saturday Walk: Borough Green to Sevenoaks 10 brilliant
Sat, 08-Apr-17 Saturday walk - An old favourite among apple orchards 30 nice and sunny
Sat, 21-Jan-17 Saturday Walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks 12 very calm and sunny
Wed, 15-Jun-16 Midweek day walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks 3 quite sunny with a couple of brief showers
Sat, 26-Sep-15 Sat 26 Sept Book 1 Walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks 35 warm sunshine
Wed, 14-Jan-15 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 19-Jul-14 Borough Green to Sevenoaks 15
Wed, 09-Apr-14 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sun, 20-Oct-13 Borough Green to Sevenoaks, via Shipbourne 4
Sat, 11-May-13 Borough Green to Sevenoaks, via Shipbourne 19
Sat, 23-Mar-13 Borough Green to Sevenoaks 6
Sat, 01-Dec-12 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sun, 11-Dec-11 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 03-Sep-11 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 02-Apr-11 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Wed, 19-Jan-11 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 17-Jul-10 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 30-Jan-10 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 05-Sep-09 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sun, 28-Dec-08 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 15-Mar-08 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 08-Sep-07 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Wed, 17-Jan-07 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sun, 19-Nov-06 Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Sat, 04-Jun-22
Borough Green to Sevenoaks

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Distance: 9.3 Miles or 15.0 km for those more metrically minded

Difficulty: 4 out of 10

Train: Take the 9:55 AM Ramsgate train from London Victoria (stopping at Bromley South 10:12), arriving at Borough Green at 10:41. Return trains from Sevenoaks are frequent. Buy a day return to Borough Green.

This walk is posted as a special request, as a walk previously led and enjoyed by Bridie. It is a pretty and varied walk passing both Ightham Mote and Knole House. It passes through orchards and pretty woods and has some fine views from the Greensand escarpment. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch venue is either at Ightham Mote or the Chaser Inn, a large pub with an interesting and varied menu, in Shipbourne via a short diversion (in the walk notes).

Tea can be had at the Brewhouse Tearoom at Knole House if you arrive early enough. If not, Sevenoaks has a number of options mentioned in the walk notes.

Enjoy the walk!

  • 02-Jun-22

    Stephen quite liked to offer foraging opportunities on the walks he led for the Ramblers. When this walk was posted in late summer back in the day, it was possible to pick up an apple or two after entering the orchard off Winfield Lane (about a kilometre on from the sleepy picturesque village of Basted). Some had heavy rucksacks as they left the orchard and headed towards Plaxtol!

  • 04-Jun-22

    22 on this walk, with Stephen Backes also one of the party in spirit, referenced in conversation multiple times during the day. The weather was frankly a bit autumnal - windy and cloudy. The sun tried to come out in the afternoon, but only managed it to any degree once we were back at the station.

    During the crossing of the Fairlawne Estate there was a parting of the ways, about half going directly to Ightham Mote and the others taking the extra loop to the Chaser Inn in Shipbourne. This was weirdly empty - I had expected it to be rammed. Appropriately for Derby Day, the five of us who ordered food were given a nice table in “the Jockey Room”. We were later joined by an equivalent number of picnickers for drinks.

    I have in the past criticised the vegan/vegetarian offering in this pub, but the menu has now been revamped. I was very satisfied with my bean chilli and there were no complaints about the vegetarian nachos to my right. A walker who ordered salmon was unhappy with the portion size, however.

    At Ightham Mote three peeled off briefly to have a look at the house: the rest of us carried on through the woods, up the hill, and across the lavender fields (not out yet, but alive with twittering larks). Perhaps it was the flashes of sun, but at this point all looked particularly lush and lovely, and I started to worry we would finish too early (which we did, really…).

    Getting to Knole Park around ten of us braved the tea queue, the well meaning staff a bit of a case study in dither and disorganisation. We went onto the upper deck, whose existence I confess I had previously not noticed, and which we (and the occasional scavenging jackdaw) had to ourselves. Here we had a great view of the old rooftops of the house as we wolfed our scones and debated if it should be jam or cream on top. (Cream, obviously: end of discussion!)

    Then by the park route rather than the town to Sevenoaks station, which we reached at 5pm. The fast train to London was busy. Back in Charing Cross by 5.30pm. How strange…

Sun, 13-Mar-22
Sunday walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks

Length: 15 km (9.3 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Trains: Catch the 10.25 Ashford International train from London Victoria (Bromley South 10.42), arrive Borough Green: 11-09 hrs
Return trains: Sevenoaks to Charing Cross:xx:01, xx:04, xx:31, xx:34 (change at Orpington for Victoria), or xx:58 slow train direct from Sevenoaks to Victoria.
Buy day return to Borough Green (usually accepted for the return journey from Sevenoaks)

The walk starts in Borough Green, and goes south through woods and along streams to the old village of Plaxtol with its Cromwellian church. Then through the park of Fairlawne House to Ightham Mote, a beautiful moated medieval manor, and lunch in its National Trust restaurant.The route onwards is up a bridleway, through orchards and alongside a new lavender farm and along shaded woodland paths leading to the 1,000-acre Knole Park and its 365-roomed Knole House, then up by footpaths to tea in Sevenoaks, with the station some way downhill from the centre.

Lunch: The suggested lunch place is the National Trust restaurant at Ightham Mote. If you prefer a pub lunch, you could divert to the Chaser Inn in Shipbourne (tel 01732 811 168), a large and elegant pub which serves inventive food all day. Directions to this pub are given in the main text.

Tea: The newly refurbished Brewhouse Tearoom (tel 01732 450 608) has an entrance in the north wall of Knole House, without the need to pay an entrance fee. There are various options in the centre of Sevenoaks including Caffè Nero at 112 High Street (tel 01732 779 050) and Costa Coffee at 2 Blighs Rd (01732 462 159). There is also a branch of the popular Bills on the High Street.

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  • 11-Mar-22

    The Malabar Coffee House, 81 High St, Sevenoaks, an independent operation, does excellent tea, coffee and cakes. It has outside seating and is facing you as you enter the High St.

  • 13-Mar-22

    2 walked the first half with warming soup at Igtham Moat. Then another 2 joined who had lunch at Godden Green. BTW the Vicar at Plaxton church gave us a vivid history talk.Rain before lunch and then moody skies..

  • 13-Mar-22

    4 rain before lunch

Wed, 27-Oct-21
Wednesday Walk Borough Green to Sevenoaks - Basted Village, Plaxtol with its Cromwellian Church, Ightham Mote and Knole Park
Book 1 Walk 36 - Borough Green to Sevenoaks

Length: 15 km (9.3 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
London Victoria: 10-25 hrs Southeastern service to Ramsgate Bromley South: 10-42 hrs
Arrive Borough Green: 11-10 hrs
Return: Sevenoaks to Charing Cross: 8 an hour (change at Orpington for Victoria, or underground - Embankment, District Line - to Victoria )
Rail ticket: a day return to Borough Green usually works
This lovely walk is enjoyable in all seasons and today should benefit from autumn colours which should be on display in woodland sections.
Leaving Borough Green we walk through Basted village with its ponds to head along a bridleway which is often muddy. Then its through an apple orchard and along tracks to the village of Plaxtol, with its Cromwellian church (worth a visit). We next walk down through the grassy parkland of the Fairlawne Estate and head for the National Trust's Ightham Mote, a lunch option. For a pub lunch you need to detour to the village of Shipbourne and its pub, the Chaser Inn.
After Ightham Mote we head up through light woodland, passing hoppers huts, to exit by a lavender farm. On then over fields and along bridleways to Sevenoaks Primary School. From there it is a short distance to an entrance to Knole Park, which we walk through, viewing herds of deer along the way. Tea can be taken in Knole House's Brewhouse Tearoom, or a little later in Sevenoaks High Street.
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  • 27-Oct-21

    17 at the station and 2 joining later made for 19

    The day was breezy sunny mostly with some cloud Although we had been promised mud, there was little to go round. Hardly enough to make a pie. And only the faintest hint of autumn colour.

    The group split after Plaxtol. 4 headed for the Chaser, the rest went straight to Ightam Mote. 3 of the 4 ate at the Chaser 1 just drank. The Ightam posse were not seen again.

    And so to Knole Park where the deer were at it. The stags bellowed, the hinds pretended not to notice.

    Then home

Sat, 08-May-21
Saturday Walk Borough Green to Sevenoaks - Plaxtol, Igtham Mote and deer in Knole Park - plus apple blossom and bluebells
Book 1, Walk 36 - Borough Green to Sevenoaks

Length: 15 km (9.3 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10
London Victoria: 10-25 hrs South-Eastern service to Ashford International Bromley South: 10-42 hrs
Arrive Borough Green: 11-11 hrs
Return

Sevenoaks to Victoria: 19 & 49 mins past the hour, plus 05 & 35 mins past the hour (slow stopping service)
Sevenoaks to Charing Cross: 00 & 30 mins past the hour
Rail ticket a day return to Borough Green usually works. If your return ticket is queried, use your sweet talking skills to get through the barriers at Sevenoaks
Covid-19 Compliance: please note the current guidance on this website and observe social distancing. You should all come prepared to exchange contact details for track and trace purpose. You can either pre-register for this walk (not essential ) by e-mailing me at swc-marcus@walkingclub.org.uk or, if you prefer, please write your name, e-mail address and contact 'phone number on a small piece of paper for handing to me on the train or when we assemble at walk start. Thank you.
This is a pleasant, undemanding walk and modest in length which takes you through Kent countryside, a village with a Cromwellian church, parkland and by a moated Manor House before, in the afternoon, you walk through the vast Knole Park with its herds of deer. The apple orchards you walk though in the morning should be coming into apple blossom for a touch of colour, and the bluebells near Igtham Mote, the said moated Manor House, should be close to their best.
It's a picnic lunch today, although you can purchase hot (and cold) takeaway food from the cafe in Igthtam Mote if you wish. At the time of putting this walk up on our website, the only pub on this walk, requiring a detour to Shipbourne - the Chaser Inn - is reporting no outdoor table availability at lunchtime today - so there is little point in taking the detour today.
The afternoon leg of the walk takes you initially uphill though woodland, then through a lavender farm before it's over fields and down a long woodland track to come out beside Sevenoaks Preparatory School. You now head down between pitches in the school's playing fields, along a track which passes through a stud farm then up to a deer protection gate where you enter the 1,000 acre Knole Park. Having traversed the park you eventually exit the park through another deer protection gate to head up a path which takes you up into the heart of Sevenoaks. You should find somewhere open for outdoor refreshments or a takeaway. The downhill walk to the railway station is the only dull bit on today's lovely walk.
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  • Anonymous
    02-May-21

    Thank you. Could you please suggest a longer option/variation? Cheers.

  • 02-May-21

    With Explorer Map 147 you can plot your own route as long or short as you like diverting from the walk's directions. But this walk as posted is as it is - 9.3 miles - a distance which is quite long enough for many SWC walkers. We try to post 3 walks on a Saturday and walk posters try to offer a choice of distances and location. I am sure you will find on offer this Saturday a longer walk for those of you who like a more challenging outing.

  • 02-May-21

    Once you get to Knole Park you could switch to the Sevenoaks to Westerham walk.... Or a bit earlier you merge with the route of Leigh to Sevenoaks, which you could follow backwards (with the GPX) to Leigh.

  • Anonymous
    02-May-21

    Thank you both. Very helpful.

  • 07-May-21

    If anyone is not bored with bluebells by now, if you stay on the Greensand Way beyond Ightham Mote (Borough Green to Yalding walk if you need GPS or directions) the bluebells on One Tree Hill are now about as good as you will ever see them. There are also good displays of wild garlic on this route (National Trust owned and behind a fence, so leave your damned foraging equipment at home: pick one leaf and I will find hunt you down mercilessly....). Lots of yellow archangel too.

  • 08-May-21

    Although the weather forecast for the south-east improved slightly overnight, SWC's fair-weather walkers opted to play safe and stay away from today's walk. Hence only 7 assembled at Borough Green railway station, to set out on today's adventure. Whilst it was still raining when the train left Victoria station, it soon stopped - and not a single drop of rain fell on us for the rest of the day ! OK, so the the weather was not brilliant, being overcast all day with threatening skies and a blustery wind , but it remained dry.

    The countryside was lush and lovely with Spring flowers in abundance, and lots of wild garlic lining the route. As I was book checking, my 6 companions were ahead of me. Apart from meeting up with one of them at Igtham Mote, I did not see them again - I hope they enjoyed their day as much as I did. Do feel free to file your own report.

    Noting Walker's comment posted on Friday, after taking lunch in the cafe at Igtham Mote I switched to the Sevenoaks Circular walk on the Greensand Way, to enjoy the wonderful full-on bluebell displays either side of and in One Tree Wood. I'm now bluebelled out for this year.

    On through Knole Park and a brief stop for tea, then through Sevenoaks centre to the railway station - and home in good time to watch Man.City-v-Chelsea on the box.

    Lesson for the day - the weather forecasters don't always get it right.

  • Anonymous
    08-May-21

    "wild garlic lining the route": Just wonder if may share which part of the route... interested in picking some wild garlic...Thank.

  • Anonymous
    10-May-21

    From memory, it was most apparent on the stretch between Winfield lane and Yopps Green - more towards the latter.

  • Anonymous
    12-May-21

    Thanks a lot! I will try to go .

Fri, 27-Dec-19
Friday Walk Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Borough Green to Sevenoaks
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Length: 9.3 miles/15 km 4 out of 10


The walk start in Borough Green, and goes south through woods and along streams to the old village of Plaxtol with its Cromwellian church. Then through the park of Fairlawne House to Ightham Mote, a beautiful moated medieval manor, and lunch in its National Trust restaurant. The house is also open & is decorated for Christmas. It should be light enough to walk until 4.30pm & the last 20 minutes are on lit streets.
The route onwards is through orchards and along shaded woodland paths leading to the 1,000-acre Knole Park, then up by footpaths to tea in Sevenoaks, with the station some way downhill from the centre.
Trains: Get the 1015 Ashford International train from Victoria (Bromley South 1031) arriving Borough Green 1101. Frequent return trains from Sevenoaks to Charing cross. Buy a Borough Green return

Lunch: is the cafe at Igtham Mote & being National Trust, there will be a queue & picnic tables.

Tea: Knole Park or in Sevenoaks
  • Anonymous
    22-Dec-19

    Thanks for scheduling, Pete.

  • 27-Dec-19

    A lucky number for some - and for all us with the weather today - as 13 gathered on the platform of Borough Green Station to set out on today's walk in lovely Kentish countryside on a mild sunny winters day , ideal for walking - and walking off the excess turkey and Xmas pud.

    Paths and bridleways were muddy all day but I hope this did not spoil the walk for the participants. It just made a Toughness 4 rated walk a 6 on the day.

    In the grounds of the Fairlawne Estate 4 of us broke away from the group to head for the Chaser Inn for lunch, leaving 9 on the main route to head for Ightham Mote. We never saw the main cohort again - I hope they enjoyed the remainder of their walk. Please add a brief report to mine.

    The Chaser Inn was fully booked but the management took pity on 4 mud-splattered walkers and found a table for us, which we much appreciated. The staff were all friendly despite being busy and they served us very acceptable meals without any long wait for the food to arrive. We left in good time for the table to be reset for the reservation to be honoured for others.

    Post prandial we encountered the worst of the slippery mud on bridleways and paths leading to Ightham Mote, slip sliding all the way through sloppy, slubberdbub mud.

    On reaching the Mote one of us opted to take the Sevenoaks Circular walk route back to Sevenoaks via One Tree Hill, leaving 3 of us to continue on the Book 1 route. We thought we might catch the main group at the cafe in Knole Park, but they were gone by the time we got there, if indeed they had stopped for a cuppa.

    Deer were everywhere in the Park - I do not believe I have seen so many before - with coats in so many different colours. A lovely sight in the setting sun for us Chaser Inners.

    Onwards through the Park and straight down Sevenoaks High Street to the railway station, where we picked up teas and coffees from the franchises before catching fast trains to Charing Cross around 4-28 pm.

    A lovely day's winter walking, mud notwithstanding, in the best of SWC company.

Sat, 17-Nov-18
Saturday Walk: Borough Green to Sevenoaks
9.3 miles/15 km
Toughness: 4 out of 10

The village of Plaxtol, Fairlawne House parklands, Ightham Mote, Knole Park.

Trains: 9:55 London Victoria (10:12 Bromley South), arriving at Borough Green at 10:40. Return trains from Sevenoaks are frequent. The stations are on different lines, but a day return to Borough Green is valid for Sevenoaks.

Lunch: The walk route passes the National Trust café at Ightham Mote. A diversion will take you to the Chaser Inn at Shipbourne (Tel 01732 810360).

Click here for full details and directions

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  • 12-Nov-18

    "Take the train nearest to 10am from Victoria Station to Borough Green & Wrotham"

    This would be the 09.55, arriving 10.40, alternatively the 10.25, arriving 11.06.

    Any votes? Should be a nice walk, weather permitting!

  • 16-Nov-18

    The Alpina Patisserie is permanently closed, and there is nothing beyond the High Street on the way to the station. Anyone needing a pitstop before their train will need to fill up at the top of the town.

  • 18-Nov-18

    10 met at Borough Green in brilliant sunshine and walked to Plaxtol through woodland and across fields, then to Fairlawne where a unanimous decision took us to Ightham Mote for lunch - picnickers joining those using the cafe at outside tables. 6 then set off ahead, 2 taking an alternative route round Knole Park leaving 4 to enjoy tea and cake at the Malabar cafe in Sevenoaks before catching trains just before 16:00

Sat, 08-Apr-17
Saturday walk - An old favourite among apple orchards
Borough Green to Sevenoaks (Book 1, walk 36)
Length: 15km (9.3 miles)
Toughness: 4 out of 10

9.52 train from Victoria (10.09 Bromley South) to Borough Green, arriving 10.37.

Buy a day return to Borough Green (which for reasons that escape me does work for return from Sevenoaks, even though the latter is on a totally different line).

For walk directions click here.

Apologies if my choice seems a bit unoriginal this week, but RMT strike action on Southern puts many springlike walks out of reach today.

Not to worry, though, because there are some old favourites one never tires of and this is one of them. It is a lovely walk at any time of the year but achingly pretty in April, when nature lovers will not be disappointed. There may be apple blossom or it may be too early. There may be some bluebells, since they seem to be coming out early this year. Blackthorn blossom should be turning the hedgerows white. But even if none of these happen, you will still have a walk full of flowers, fresh green leaves and (probably) bleating lambs.

There is also historic Ightham Mote, a moated house now run by the National Trust, and with long days you have ample time to visit it and still finish the walk. Its tea room is a possible lunch stop.

Two recommended variations to the walk are:

- Detour to lunch at the Chaser Inn in Shipbourne. This way also includes a small bluebell wood. Details of how to do this are in the main walk directions.

- After Ightham Mote stay on the Greensand Way to Knole House, a gorgeous walk along an escarment edge with fine views: see paragraph 77 onwards on page 7 of this document for walk directions. Near the end this option has some bluebell woods which may be starting to flower.

If planning to eat at the Padwell Arms, it might be a good idea to ring them and see if they are in a receptive mood. Sometimes they are scratchy about walking groups turning up unnannounced.

Tea is at Knole House's newly refurbished tea room.

Trains back from Sevenoaks are very frequent - every ten to fifteen minutes or so.
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  • 04-Apr-17

    Like many pubs, The Padwell, which lost its 'Arms' a few years ago, does like advance warning if a crowd of walkers plans to descend on them for lunch. The idiosyncratic chef prefers customers to pre-order if possible, so take a look at their online menu before ringing them: http://www.thepadwell.com/menu-2/. The food is excellent and comes in generously-sized portions.

  • Anonymous
    10-Apr-17

    Not sure if anyone counted but there was a large group. I'd estimate 30. Nice walk as always. Lovely weather, and plenty of spring blossom, with bluebells starting to appear.

  • Anonymous
    10-Apr-17

    30 nice and sunny

Sat, 21-Jan-17
Saturday Walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks
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Length: 9.3 miles (15km) approx 4 hours walking

This walk passes Igtham Mote and Knole Palace (both National Trust). The walk start in Borough Green, and goes south through woods and along streams to the old village of Plaxtol with its Cromwellian church. Then through the park of Fairlawne House to Ightham Mote, a beautiful moated medieval manor. You could probably manage a quick visit, aiming to leave by 14:30.

The route onwards is up a potentially muddy bridleway (hopefully the cold weather will help), through orchards and along shaded woodland paths leading to the 1,000-acre Knole Park, then up by footpaths to tea in Sevenoaks, with the station some way downhill from the centre.

Trains: Get the 0952 Southeast train to Ashford from Victoria, arriving 1037. Return to Borough Green & Wrotham. Sevenoaks has frequent trains to London Bridge & Charing Cross, some much faster than others.

Lunch: National Trust at Ightham Mote (open 10:00 to 15:30). You do not need to pay the entrance fee to use the restaurant. You could also divert to the Chaser Inn, Shipbourne (tel 01732 811 168) for a 'gastro' pub lunch.

Tea: There are various options, but there doesn't seem to be a recommended pub, Two possibilities are The Anchor in London Road, on the most direct route to the station, or at the end of the High Street is The Sennockian (Wetherspoons) just before you turn down pembrooke Road.


  • Anonymous
    20-Jan-17

    The refurbished NT cafe at Knole is on route but it closes at 4pm in winter...

    Rich

  • Anonymous
    22-Jan-17

    12 I think, including 1 on a later train. The weather was very calm and sunny . The group split for lunch, with 4 going to Shipbourne and the rest to Ightam Mote. Ground and foliage had a light dusting of frost and would be muddy patches were also frozen making for easy walking. Nice day out as always in this neck of the woods.

  • 26-Jan-17

    This was a beautiful walk - could be muddy but better on a day of deep frost. I was glad I was part of a breakaway group (led by Maggie) who had lunch at the Chasers pub at Shipbourne, quite pricey but delicious and in front of an open fire. Good varied walking across open fields and through woodland.

Wed, 15-Jun-16
Midweek day walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks

Borough Green to Sevenoaks

A Country House, Ightham Mote (NT), Knole Palace and deer park (NT), as well as pretty countryside, and close to London.

Book 1 Walk 36

Length : 15 km or 9½ miles
Toughness : 4 out of 10
Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am Canterbury West train from London Victoria to Borough Green. ( 10:39 from Bromley South )
Meeting point : Borough Green Station at 11:04
Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Borough Green

Brief Description

With rain forecast, here's a walk that's not too exposed with some firmish footpaths.
The afternoon section has a couple of options. For those of you who might want to view the new lavender fields (recommended) on the Shipbourne detour (and perhaps a swift half in the Padwell Arms) you'll need to take a look at point 22. This route returns via Sevenoaks Preparatory School into Knole park.

You may find full details of this walk here

Suggested Lunch stops

Suggested Tea stops

Malabar Coffee shop (posters favourite and open till five and just behind Llloyds Bank) 81 High Street, Sevenoaks TN13 1LE t:01732 74305
Alpina Patisserie, on the parade of shops set back on the left and just before the station. Tubs Hill Parade TN13 1DH t: 01732 454669
If you're in a hurry, you can also grab a take-away cuppa in the convenience shop on the station concourse.

Maps

OS Explorer : 147

Return train times

Trains return frequently from Sevenoaks to London Blackfriars, Cannon Street or Charing Cross

  • 10-Jun-16

    I am increasingly frustrated with Southern trains, having been delayed for 1-2 hours quite regularly mainly due to late adjustments to schedules.

  • Anonymous
    10-Jun-16

    This is because of a covert industrial dispute - see Forum for an explanation

  • 15-Jun-16

    Just 3 on this walk with Max the K9, quite sunny with a couple of brief showers

    Lots of late spring growth giving the walk a verdant feel especially through the Fairlawne Estate.

    The Antiques Road Show had set up at Ightham Mote for a shoot on Thursday 16th June. Antique buffs may like to repeat this walk tomorrow! (Quite interesting to have Fiona Bruce behind me in the queue for food and then on the table next to us).

    The lavender fields in the afternoon section set out by Mitchell and Peach were not quite in bloom, but I'd say certainly worth a visit in a couple of weeks or so.

    At Knole house, work appears to have restarted with new contractors for the new café there.

    Back at Sevenoaks, two had tea at the Malabar Coffee shop and one went off to check out the local Waitrose.

    Plenty of trains back to London despite Southern staffing issues!

  • Anonymous
    15-Jun-16

    Sevenoaks is Southeastern and so not affected by the Southern "staff shortage"

Sat, 26-Sep-15
Sat 26 Sept Book 1 Walk - Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Borough Green to Sevenoaks Book 1 walk 36
9.3 miles/15.0 km. Toughness 4/10

Outward Train: London Victoria 9:52, arriving Borough Green & Wrotham 10:37. (Stops at Bromley South 10:08) A return to Borough Green should be fine for the return from Sevenoaks.

A walk through Kent taking in the medieval moated manor at Ightham Mote (National Trust) and the parkland around Knole House (also National Trust). There's a bumper crop of apples this year, and the Ordnance Survey map shows many orchards on the way, but not sure how many of these remain.

For a pub lunch, a diversion to The Chaser Inn at Shipbourne is recommended. This is a popular place so worth giving them a call first on 01732 810360. They currently have a British Food Fortnight on and are threatening to serve school dinners. The route to the pub is described in the online walk directions, but not in older copies of Book 1.
Ightham Mote has a cafe and picnic area.
Knole Park has a tea kiosk til about 5pm, and Sevenoaks has further options.

Return Trains: Frequent services from Sevenoaks to London Cannon Street, but make sure it is a fast service not the stopping service, unless you would like a leisurely tour of South East London. There's also a slow train up to London Blackfriars.
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  • 26-Sep-15

    35 plus two dogs on this walk. Lovely to walk in warm sunshine through this pretty corner of Kent. It may be an oldie, this walk, but it bears repeating. Fallen apples were scrumped (translation for non-native speakers: stolen) by some. Some diverted to The Chaser pub, which was curiously deserted, its lovely garden having a fine view of the church. At least one stuck to the Greensand Way, the rest of us stuck to the book route. The contractors rebuilding Knole Park's tea room have gone bust, so who knows when their tea room will ever reopen?. We avoided the temporary kiosk and went in search of a promised "garden tea room" which was in a poky indoor room: why not the spacious Orangery next door?

    In Sevenoaks some of us went to the pub, and some of those went on to a nice curry by the station. And after all that it was still only 8pm.

    Sign of the season: on all this gorgeous long sunny day I only saw two butterflies. Even a week ago I saw two dozen.

  • Ian T
    27-Sep-15

    Of the Ightham contingent, most opted for the Greensand route. As far as I know, only one (yours truly) opted for the proper book route. I got to Knole kiosk exactly the same time as the Greensanders. Ighthams catering facilities are getting tedious. The kiosk (handy if you just want a drink) seems permanently shut. In the cafe a longer slower queue. At Knole House, we managed to get tables inside but yes pokey and chaotic.