SWC Walk 35: Cuxton to Sole Street
Distance: 11.7 miles or 18.8 km for those more metrically minded
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Train: Take the 9:55 AM Southeastern train to Rochester from London St. Pancras (10:02 Stratford), changing at Strood (arrive 10:27; depart 10:34), arriving at Cuxton at 10:38. Alternatively, you can take the 9:09 AM slow coach to Strood from London Charing Cross (9:12 Waterloo East; 9:17 London Bridge; 9:27 Lewisham) and change onto the Cuxton train at Strood (arriving 10:19; departing 10:34). Return trains from Sole Street are hourly until 21:00; then there is a 21:31 and a 22:31. Buy a day return to Rochester.
This walk has not been done in quite some time and from recollection it is a pleasant walk in a pretty, but not well known, section of the North Downs with contrasting elements – including some nice open ridges and, for those of you who are Dickens fans, the chance to visit a pub, The Leather Bottle
, that features briefly in the Pickwick Papers
. The walk can be shorten after lunch. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here
We are a bit spoiled for lunch and tea options on this walk. The recommended lunch pub is the Cock Inn
(01474 814 208) in Luddesdowne (7.3 miles into the walk). However, the nearby Golden Lion
(01474 815 644) also in Luddesdowne now serves lunch on Saturdays until 3:00pm and may well be worth a visit, as the Cock Inn also makes for a good tea stop towards the end of the walk (as the afternoon route loops back past it). The Leather Bottle
(01474 814 327) in Cobham (10 miles into the walk) serves food all day and could be used as a late lunch stop or a tea stop.
Enjoy the walk!