Cuxton to Harvel to Sole Street
(SWC 35c + Book 2, walk 17)
Length: 16.6km (10.3 miles), with optional 5.6km (3.5 mile extension)
Toughness: 5 out of 10 9.55
Southeastern high speed train from St Pancras
to Strood, arriving 10.27, changing for the 10.34 (Maidstone West-bound) train to Cuxton, arriving 10.38.
You can also get the 9.09 from Charing Cross (9.12 Waterloo East, 9.18 London Bridge, 9.27 Lewisham) to Strood, arriving 10.13 to connect with the Cuxton train as above
Buy a day return to Rochester
, which will also be valid for return from Sole Street.
This combination of walks has only been done once before and that many moons ago. It involves doing the morning
of the Cuxton to Sole Street
walk (SWC 35 : directions here
and GPX here
), switching when prompted to option c
, to get to lunch at the Amazon and Tiger
pub in Harvel
. From there you can do the afternoon
of the Snodland to Sole Street
walk (book 2, walk 17: directions here
- start from point 
on page 3 - GPX here)
to Sole Street.
If, as I suggest, you use the main walk start from Cuxton, this makes a walk of 10.3km (6.4 miles)
before lunch and 6.3km (3.9 miles)
- There is the option of a shorter start
from Cuxton which reduces the morning to 8km (4.9 miles)
. You could potentially get the 10.22 t
rain from St Pancras if you want to do this.
- At the end the walk there is a possible 5.6km (3.9 mile) extension
up to the village of Cobham, with its choice of pubs: see option d)
of the Cuxton to Sole Street walk.
Why am I choosing this walk today? The link route between the two walks contains two nice wood anemone
woods, which just may be starting to flower (though last week's cold may have set them back). It is otherwise quite a cute little link route. This whole area is also one of chalk downland
(a lot of it wooded)
which, while certainly not mud-free, may be a little less muddy
than other areas (famous last words)
Whether you do the standard Sole Street ending or the extension, there is a nice choice of pubs at the end of the walk. Trains back
from Sole Street are on the hour
(00 past) to Victoria,
taking 53 minutes. If you have a ticket from St Pancras it is also possible to get the train in the other direction, towards Rochester, at 25 past, changing there for a high speed service to St Pancras. But there is as 20 minute wait for a connection, making a total journey time of 1 hour 11 minutes, so this is not really worth it unless you really really want to end up in St Pancras. T=3.35c