Length: 17.3km (10.7 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 T=3.173 9.18
Thameslink train from London Bridge*
to Strood, arriving 10.24, changing there
for the 10.34 to Cuxton, arriving 10.38 * This train also calls at St Pancras Thameslink at 9.02, Greenwich 9.27
Southeastern High Speed train from St Pancras International
to Strood, arriving 10.28, to connect with the Cuxton train as above.
For walk directions
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of the route click here.
According to the dusty tomes of the SWC archives this walk has not had an outing since April 2017. The sharp-eyed among you will notice that the main walk ending is in Halling, but I think at this time of year the Cuxton ending is preferable, since it goes along a lovely ridge of beech woods. It would be a brave man who predicted significant leaf colour on this, since autumn colour seems to be dragging its heels a bit this year, but there may be a bit.
Otherwise this walk includes some pleasant downland views, a mausoleum in the middle of the ancient estate, and the village of Cobham
for lunch, where there are three possible lunch
pubs (the Leather Bottle
making rather too much of its very slight Dickens connections, but otherwise quite nice). The ancient tombs in Cobham church
are also worth a glance.
stop is the White Hart
in Cuxton, which is very handy for the station. It serves a full range of hot drinks and food all afternoon ("please ask about today's selection of delicious desserts"), and promises "roaring fires". Trains back from Cuxton
are at 22
and 52 past
, arriving at Strood
past, connecting there with:
past Southeastern High Speed trains to St Pancras
past trains to London Bridge (1 hr 9 minutes) and on to St Pancras Thameslink: these trains also call at Greenwich
, so the 17.22 from Cuxton = 17.45 from Strood would get you to Greenwich at 18.47