SWC Walk 173 - Cuxton to Halling
Length: 18km (11.2 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10 9.55
Southeastern High Speed from St Pancras International
to Strood, arriving 10.27, changing there (down under the underpass to the opposite platform usually)
there for the 10.34
, arriving 10.38 ALTERNATIVELY
, the 9.09
from Charing Cross
(9.12 Waterloo East
, 9.27 Lewisham
) to Strood arrives at 10.19 and connects more comfortably with the Cuxton train.
Get a day return to Halling
For walk directions
This varied Kentish walk has not had an outing for two years, as far as I can see. It revisits territory familiar from the Snodland to Sole Street and Cuxton to Sole Street walks, but with plenty of surprises and twists all of its own.
Attractions include a reserve managed by the charity Plantlife, which may have some interesting flowers, a neo-classican mausoleum, and the pretty valley of Luddesdown, with its organic farm.
is in the village of Cobham, where you can choose between the Leather Bottle
, with its somewhat slight connection with Dickens (it gets a very
brief mention in Pickwick Papers
) or the less touristy Ship Inn
and Darnley Arms
In the afternoon the standard walk descends to the river Medway at Halling and there is an optional loop through marshes along the river (again, interesting flora may be present). Or you can talk an alternative ending
back to Cuxton, which is slightly shorter.
In both cases your tea stop
will be a fairly rough and ready pub. The one in Halling I remember as friendly but a bit stuck in the 1970s. Trains back
from Halling are at 18
past (22 and 52 from Cuxton)
with connections at Strood getting you to St Pancras
in about 50 minutes or Charing Cross
in 1hr 25 minutes