Book 1, Walk 19: Hever to Leigh
Length: 14.2 km (8.8 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 London Bridge
: 10-08 hrs Uckfield service. East Croydon 10-23 hrs
: 10-49 hrs Leigh
(Kent) to London Victoria
: direct - 16-23, 16-44 and 17-25 hrs. Changing at Redhill - 17-53 and 18-27 hrs.
Leigh to Charing Cross
: 16-35 and 17-28 hrs changing at Tonbridge Rail ticket
: suggest a day return to Leigh (Kent)
. This is usually accepted on your outward journey although tehnically you might have to pay a small supplement from Edenbridge Town.
This lovely walk through Kent's Garden of England packs a punch way above its weight for a short(ish) walk, as it fits in lots of places to visit along the route whilst you progress through Kent's lovely countryside. Depending on how much time you wish to set aside for sightseeing, you are spoilt for choice: in order along the route, you have Hever Castle
, St Peter's Church, Chiddingstone Castle,
St Mary's Church, Penshurst Place
and John the Baptist Church. Add in the Medway River as your water feature for the day, and you have the ingredients for more than a half decent walk.
Your lunch stop depends on whether you wish to stop in Chiddingstone or press on to Penshurst. Your only option today in Chiddingstone (as the Castle Inn has yet to re-open) is the Tulip Tree Tea Rooms
- perfectly pleasant for light fare. If you think you can make Penshurst by 2-30 pm, then your option here is the Leicester Arms
, an atmospheric hotel-pub-restaurant, serving good food. This pub also acts as a tea stop if you luncheoned in Chiddingstone. Your alternative tea stop in Penshurst is the cafe within Penshurst Place - the Porcupine Pantry
. On arriving in Leigh you will find the Fleur-de-Lis pub closed for the afternoon, not re-opening until 6 pm. Just up the road is the Village Stores, which sells cold drinks, cakes and provisions.
If the weather is nice today you should enjoy this walk, with Spring flowers in abundance along the way, new-born lambs in the fields early on in the walk and in Penshurst Place, plus all the sights and places to visit.
Newly updated Walk Directions here: L=1.19