SWC walk 291 - Farningham Road to Eynsford
Length: 17.5km (10.9 miles) with shorter options possible
Toughness: 4 out of 10 10.07
train from Victoria
(10.23 Bromley South
) to Farningham Road, arriving 10.36
Buy a day return to Farningham Road
. This should be accepted for return from Eynsford, but if not, you will only have to buy a single from Eynsford to Swanley (one stop).
For walk directions
This new walk had its debut in June when only five people turned up for it. That seems a poor recompense for all the author's efforts in creating it. So come on SWC-ites, let's see if we can do better than that today.
I am also choosing it in response to a comment in our walk requests section (see, we do read them)
for a walk closer to London today. Quite right too. It may be bank holiday weekend but you don't have to go rushing hither and yon to the far corners of the kingdom, doing 16 milers and flinging yourself in the sea. Instead take it easy and enjoy a pretty corner of Kent. Stop for a while and enjoy the view.
Partly this walk approaches familiar SWC territory from a different angle: the lovely country park around Lullingstone
, whose visitor centre is a possible tea stop and whose castle
(a mansion actually) you can visit. Other visitor attractions on the route include Lullingstone Roman Villa
(English Heritage) and Eynsford castle
Less familiar to most walkers will be its start at Farningham Road. True, the environs of the station are dull and there is some motorway noise in the early stages, but you soon plunge into ancient woods and descend to the very cute village of Farningham, which has a gorgeous riverside pub. South of Farningham a pleasant field edge route brings you to Eynsford, and when you return to Eysnford at the end of the walk there is another riverside pub and a stream you can dangle your feet in.
In short, lots of reasons to dally: no great reasons to rush. Trains back
go at 13
past to Blackfriars
, taking 51 minutes: or you can change at Bromley South for a Victoria
connection, a journey taking 43 minutes in total. T=3.291