Field and Fence

Field and Fence

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Path

Path

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tulip

tulip

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vistaria

vistaria

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vistaria2

vistaria2

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hever castle

hever castle

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hever village

hever village

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Hever to Leigh walk

2 castles, a stately home, rivers, ponds, woods, undulating hills and three lovely villages

History

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.

Date # Post
Tue, 04-Apr-17 2

Tuesday Walk - Two Castles, a Stately Home and the Medway Valley

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
Arrive Hever: 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.
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Sat, 31-Oct-15 40

Saturday Walk 1 Hever to Leigh

Length 14.2km (8.8 miles)
Toughness 2 out of 10
This is a beautiful walk through the Garden of England. It includes two castles, a stately home, rivers, ponds, woods, undulating hills and three lovely villages: the National Trust village of Chiddingstone; Penshurst, with its half-timbered houses; and Leigh , with its large cricket green, dominated by the Church of St Mary. The Medway Valley is prone to flooding, and it is possible that parts of this walk may not be passable in extreme conditions, but hopefully that won't be a problem this weekend. If you want to visit Penshurst Place, last admission is 4pm, closing at 5pm
Travel
Get the 1008 London Bridge Uckfield train (East Croydon 1023) arrives Hever 1050.
Return from Leigh 1723, 1823 (platform 1) are direct to London Bridge (change East Croydon for Victoria). 1643, 1743, 1843 (platform 2) are via Tonbridge to London Bridge & Cannon Street. There are later trains back.
Buy a return to Leigh (pronounced 'lie') "This is valid for both return routes, but on the way out it is only valid as far as Edenbridge Town (on a different line, but tickets via the two Edenbridge stations are interchangeable). In practice a Leigh ticket is usually accepted to Hever, the next stop, but you might be asked to pay a small supplement.
Lunch
The Castle Inn (tel 01892 870 247) in Chiddingstone, after just over a third of the walk.
Further on (two thirds?), The Leicester Arms Hotel (12-3pm) in Penshurst (tel 01892-871617), is up-market and "serving excellent food".

Tea
There are tea shops in Penshurst closing at 5pm, or the Fleurs-deLis pub in Leigh near the station.

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40
sunny still calm day

I'm not sure if anyone actually counted how many but I'd say we were around 40. A lovely, pleasant walk in fabulous weather. Some lunched in the Castle pub or The Tulip Tree cafe in Chiddingstone, others went on the Leicester Arms or Porcupine Pantry in Penshurst and a few stopped to watch the rugby at the Fleur de Lys in Leigh.



Sat, 06-Dec-14 0 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 24-May-14 12 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 15-Mar-14 40 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 07-Dec-13 23 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 07-Sep-13 17 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 17-Nov-12 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 07-Jan-12 Hever to Leigh
Sun, 26-Jun-11 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 26-Feb-11 Hever to Leigh
Mon, 27-Dec-10 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 10-Apr-10 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 19-Dec-09 Hever to Leigh
Sun, 31-May-09 Hever to Leigh
Mon, 29-Dec-08 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 09-Aug-08 Hever to Leigh, omitting Chiddingstone
Sun, 18-May-08 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 22-Dec-07 Hever to Leigh, omitting Chiddingstone
Sun, 24-Jun-07 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 12-May-07 Hever to Leigh
Sun, 03-Dec-06 Hever to Leigh
Sat, 11-Nov-06 Hever to Leigh