SWC Walk 207 - Farningham Road to Sole Street
Length: 17.2km (10.7 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10 10.04
train from Victoria
(10.14 Denmark Hill
, 10.27 Bromley South
) to Farningham Road, arriving 10.44.
Buy a day return to Sole Street.
For walk directions
It is a new year, so why not try something different? This walk has attracted some lively comments in the past, but they seem to be all about paths overgrown with summer vegetation, which will definitely not
be a problem at this time of year (it all dies back to nothing in winter).
It also features "lots of pubs", which sounded a good idea for a bank holiday - if one is busy, hopefully another will not be. And - most importantly given the current industrial dispute - it does not involve travel on Southern trains.
Otherwise, the walk creator is a bit modest about this outing in the gently-contoured countryside of North Kent, talking of "a walk of contrasts". A more enthusiastic write-up comes from a walk report this time last year: "Given the mixed reviews this walk was a very pleasant surprise! This walk was a lovely wander though the fields and villages of this not-so-distant part of Kent. The previously 'impassable' sections were all perfectly navigable and most of the field crossings were clearly marked."
More than that I cannot add, having not done the walk, but I can vouch for the Railway Inn at Sole Street station as a cosy place to wait for the next train. Trains back
are at 59 past
the hour and take 49 minutes into Victoria.