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Bald Eagle greeting visitors to Eagle Heights

28-Mar-09 • Sean O'Neill

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Bald Eagle at Eagle Heights

28-Mar-09 • Sean O'Neill

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Past a lone tree

Past a lone tree

Eynsford to Shoreham

13-Dec-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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Sun through tree

Sun through tree

Eynsford to Shoreham

13-Dec-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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View

View

Eynsford to Shoreham

13-Dec-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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Big fungus

Big fungus

Eynsford to Shoreham

13-Dec-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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Magpie Bottom

Magpie Bottom

Eynsford to Shoreham

13-Dec-09 • moontiger on Flickr

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Eynsford Circular walk

A contrast between hidden valleys in the North Downs and the Darent Valley Path through three interesting villages.

Group Walk Posts

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.

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Date # Post
Sun, 09-Jul-17 13

Around the Darent Valley in north Kent

Extra Walk 59 – Eynsford Circular
Length: 21.5km (13.4 miles) Toughness: 7/10

10:12 Sevenoaks train from Blackfriars (stopping at numerous stations in south-east London, incl Bromley South 10:44) arriving at Eynsford at 11:00.

Or 10:12 Ramsgate train from Victoria, changing at Bromley South (arr 10:30, dep 10:44) arriving at Eynsford at 11:00.

Return trains to Blackfriars are at xx:13 and xx:43 (journey time 51 mins). Change at Bromley South (on the xx:13) or at Swanley (on the xx:43) for a fast train to Victoria. In the afternoon it is possible to shorten the walk by returning from Shoreham station (trains at xx:09 and xx:39). Buy a return to Shoreham if you plan to do this.

Several of our walks are located in the ever-popular Darent Valley and this one intersects in places with some of the others after starting up a secluded valley and along a ridge with fine views around. For lunch there are several pubs and a cafe in Otford. A longer and more varied afternoon route was added to the Main Walk in 2017, and this appears to be its first outing. The original route along the Darent Valley Path has been retained as the ‘shorter afternoon’ option. Other options for shortening the walk are also provided.

Among the interesting buildings passed on the walk, Lullingstone Castle has a Fire Engine Rally today, with historic engines and live fire displays.

You will find the walk directions and other information on the Walk 59 page. Click on your preferred option just below the map to suppress the parts that you won’t need. Or you can download the pdf here.
T=3.59
Hi,
I would love to attend.
Anyone else with can commit and is "ok" with directions?
Zak
Zak I will be going
Coming from Victoria station
13, hot and sunny, Three opted for a shorter version with lunch at Shoreham. The rest went on for lunch at the Bull in Otford which has a large garden with shady tables and is reasonably efficient on a busy Sunday lunch time. Food is better than many of these larger pub chains. After lunch we took the shortest route to Shoreham hoping for tea and cakes at the church, sadly none this Sunday. Some then took the Darenth Valley path to Eynsford and others got the train from Shoreham. As always a pleasant day out in the Darenth Valley with a walk length to suit all tastes on a hot day.
Sat, 26-Nov-16 25

Saturday Third Walk – Wine tasting in the Darent valley

Extra Walk 59c – Eynsford (Short) Circular
Length: 14 km (8.7 miles). Toughness: 4/10

10:12 Sevenoaks train from Blackfriars, calling at lots of stations in south London and arriving Eynsford at 11:00. Or take the 10:22 Ashford International train from Victoria and change at Bromley South (arr 10:38, dep 10:44) for the train to Eynsford.

Trains back are half-hourly, at 13 & 43 minutes past. You can change at Bromley South for a fast train to Victoria.

As we were passing a vineyard last month a fellow-walker encouraged me to look for walks with the opportunity to taste some English wines. I'd noticed a new vineyard in the pretty Kent village of Shoreham and the website for The Mount Vineyard could hardly be more welcoming: “why not pop in for a drink mid-walk?” it says, stating that its tasting room is open every Saturday afternoon until Christmas.

This short version of the Eynsford Circular has its lunch stop in Shoreham, so now you've got an extra choice for some mid-walk refreshment. The vineyard isn't (yet) mentioned in the Walk Directions but look for its entrance on the right as you go down Church Street; it's just beyond Ye Olde George Inn, the first of the village's three (or is it four?) pubs. The walk author has carefully made navigation on the afternoon stretch relatively undemanding, so you can afford some thorough research into the wines on offer. And why not buy a bottle or two for Christmas?

There are cafés and tearooms along the afternoon route to revive you, and more pubs too. If you're running out of daylight at the end (sunset is at 4pm) there are a couple of shorter endings you can take.

You'll need to print the walk directions from the Extra Walk 59 page. Clicking 'c. Shorter Circular Walk' under Walk Options will hide the directions for the longer variations via Otford. T=swc.59.c
Sean, thanks for posting sorry I won't be joining you on this occasion. Cheers!
25 people got off the train with some of them certainly interested in the wine tasting at lunch time. This had been briefly alluded to in the walk posting.
For all their enthusiasm the pace was relaxed and after about 100 minutes most of us tried the pubs in Shoreham 12 lunched at The Crown and by general consent reckoned good food with good attitude and good prices and A N Other x 2 said the beer was good the Crown was good then.
Whilst we were there we had a report that one walker had gone astray and ended up in Otford for lunch but then rejoined us in the early afternoon by jogging back so an extra 2 to 3 miles ( or more maybe we don't know how lost he really was ) and by jogging used about twice the calories that we all did.
After lunch it seemed that some had enjoyed the wine tasting as they greeted us with beaming smiles and a bit of giggling and possibly a stumble or two this included the walks author and someone who had driven but by the time we had got back to Eynsford and had tea and cake surely the tippling had worn off.
Speaking of tea the Riverside tea room ( not actually on the riverside ) in Eynsford was good with a selection of teas, coffees, cakes and ice cream which was enjoyed by many but not really needed it only being an hour or so since lunch.
A 15 minute walk back to the train meant that 12 of us caught the 16.43 back home ( and three went off by car ) bit of an old cattle truck of a train but at least it was running
The other 10 no idea what happened to them but trust that they either had a longer imbibing session in Shoreham or a shorter lunch time and got a train before us
The views throughout the day were nice though visibility was poor at times but most of the autumnal leaf colour is now on the ground .
A little muddy in places but surprisingly pleasant for this time of year with only one that I know of taking a tumble but he took it in good heart and didn't seem any worse for it though by all accounts it was quite decorative.
That'll do then signing off TTFN as JY used to say
Pa King
PS the weather started grey and misty gradually clearing in the afternoon and it wasn't too cold


To add to Pa King's slightly scurrilous report, about ten lunched at the George in Shoreham and this pub too got good marks. Several then made the small detour to The Mount Vineyard which couldn't have been more welcoming (sorry you missed this, 'fellow walker'). They offered free tasting of their five wines with no pressure to buy, but as the product proved to be eminently drinkable it was no hardship to purchase a couple of bottles. Other visitors were enjoying plates of nibbles and the owners plan to open a restaurant on the premises, so this could even become an up market lunch stop.

A little later, another detour into Castle Farm's Hop Shop led to more foodie purchases. And finally, full marks to the Riverside Tea Rooms for welcoming a large influx of walkers ten minutes before their published closing time and cheerfully staying open an extra half hour to serve everyone tea, cakes and scones.
Four enjoyed lunch at the friendly King's Arms and two visited the ruins of Eynsford Castle before arriving at the tea shop at the same time as the others.
Mon, 30-May-16 15

Bank Holiday Monday Walk South - Hidden valleys in the North Downs

Extra Walk 59: Eynsford Circular – A Contrast between hidden valleys in the North Downs and the Darent Valley Path through three interesting villages.

Distance: 12.1 Miles

Difficulty: 5 out of 10

This walk has been moved from its original spot on Saturday to Bank Holiday Monday to even up numbers while SWC walkers are in Scotland.
Train: Take the 9:42 Thameslink train towards Sevenoaks from London Blackfriars, arriving at Eynsford at 10:30.

You can also get the 9.52 from Victoria to Bromley South, arriving 10.08, to connect with the Blackfriars train there at 10.14.

Buy a day return to Eynsford.
This walks explores some hidden valleys in the North Downs and also takes the Darent Valley Path through three interesting villages along the river. There are options to extend and shorten the walk. More information and the walk instructions can be found here.
Lunch is in Otford (about 5.5 miles into the walk) where there are a couple of pubs from which to choose. The recommended tea stop is the Riverside Tea Rooms and there are also several pubs in Eynsford for stronger refreshment.

Return trains from Eynsford are at 13 and 43 minutes past the hour until 22:13.
Enjoy the walk!
Intend going
anyone interested in taking the short cut to Shoreham?
13 started in dry, cloudy weather at a fast pace. 2 joined later at lunchtime in the Bull, having been denied boarding at Victoria due to defective ticket machines The Woodman could only offer burgers and hotdogs as the Otford village fair was in mid swing but the Bull was fully booked in the restaurant but made up a table for 9 in the bar.. Fast and reliable food service.
2 walkers were sporting deep tanned complexions from the Scottish trip which seems to have had the best weather in the UK and a jolly good time in the heat of the bare and boggy munros. Very pretty walk with lots of buttercups. 2 took the short cut to Shoreham.
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Sun, 27-Sep-15 9

Sunday walk 1 Kent's Downs

Eynsford Circular SWC walk 59
12.5 miles 19.5km Difficulty 5/10
8.7 mile 14 km Difficulty 4/10
A walk in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty returning along the Darent Valley.
The standard version of this walk (M) is 12.5 miles with lunch in Otford. There's also a shorter 8.7 mile version (c) that skips Otford and heads to Shoreham for lunch.
Attractions en route include Castle Farm's Hop Shop which sells hoppy and lavendery stuff – good ice cream too, so people say. Lullingstone Roman Villa (definitely worth a visit and open till 6 in summer, cost £6:60), Eagle Heights Bird of Prey Centre open to 5, cost £8.95. If you're lucky, you may see the occasional bird flying over the walk. A detour nearer the end will take you to the ruins of Eynsford Castle.
Train 09:36 Canterbury West train from Victoria (Bromley South, 9:53) arriving Eynsford 10:09
Return from Eynsford at xx:48. If you decide to finish at Shoreham, trains return at xx:45
Lunch:
Long walk: Reports suggest the Crown in Otford has closed. There are still two pubs nearby The Woodman 01529 522 195 and The Bull, 01529 523 198. We've not used either recently so feedback would be appreciated.
Short walk: Ye Olde George Inn 01959 522017 in Shoreham is on the walk route. You also have the Kings Arms 01959 523100 and The Crown 01959 522903 round the corner on the High Street
Tea:
Lullingstone Park Visitor Centre has a café 01322 865995 open till 5.
In Eynsford ,you have the Riverside tea room 01322 861551, the Malt Shovel 01322 862164, the Five Bells 01322 863135 and the Castle Hotel 01322 863162.
Directions available here
I can't make it so early, but definitely going to do it two hours later, arriving Eynsford at 12:09. If anyone interested and would like to join me.


Hi,
I'm a first timer, could you just confirm where we're supposed to meet? Is it at the station?
Thanks!
I am also interested in doing this walk later but not definite as stomach is upset todayjfk
Can you bring instructions B arbara Thanks
This computer is up the spout
Hello Sofia, yes people meet at the station on the platform,
I hope to walk tomorrow,
Maggie
Sorry for the late reply,

yes, the train from Victoria at 11:36 arriving Eynsford at 12:09

Looking forward to meet you at the platform.


Thanks Maggie!
I'm intending to go at 10:09, hope some else too?
See you tomorrow!
SWC Inspector's Report 2015/09/27/3/59/Eynsford Circular. 9 walkers. Sunny.

Yet again this inspector failed to rendezvous with a punishingly early train. Instead he plotted a cunning route from a different starting point, aiming to intercept the group shortly before Otford. This worked perfectly and contact was duly made with eight walkers (including a few newcomers), who reported that a ninth had sped on ahead. There were also rumours of a small group two hours behind, but no sightings.

As the Crown was reported to be closed we tried the Bull for lunch. At this Chef & Brewer inn food comes off a suspiciously fast production line; after ordering at the bar some walkers found their order defrosted, cooked and assembled almost before they'd returned to the table. Quality nothing special, but acceptable. On our way out of the village we then discovered that a new tenant had just taken over at the Crown, but its kitchen won't be up and running for at least a month. Until then, the Woodman might be worth a try.

In the afternoon the inspector honoured the group with his presence as far as Shoreham, decided his job was done and left them to it.
Sun, 26-Apr-15 6 Eynsford Circular
Sat, 13-Sep-14 4 Eynsford Circular
Sun, 20-Apr-14 0 Eynsford Circular
Sun, 04-Aug-13 11 Eynsford Circular
Sun, 04-Aug-13 Eynsford Circular (shorter version)
Sun, 13-Jan-13 16 Eynsford Circular (shorter version)
Sat, 21-Jul-12 Eynsford Circular
Sat, 04-Feb-12 Eynsford to Shoreham (short walk)
Sat, 04-Feb-12 Eynsford Circular
Sun, 21-Aug-11 Eynsford Circular
Sat, 05-Feb-11 Eynsford to Shoreham (short walk)
Sun, 16-Jan-11 Eynsford Circular (shorter version)
Sat, 03-Jul-10 Eynsford Circular (shorter version)
Sun, 13-Dec-09 Eynsford Circular
Sat, 21-Nov-09 Eynsford Circular (shorter version)
Sat, 08-Aug-09 Eynsford Circular (longer version)
Sun, 29-Mar-09 Eynsford Circular (shorter version)
Thu, 01-Jan-09 Eynsford Circular