Hever to Tonbridge walk

The second leg of the Eden Valley Walk, through Penshurst and Haysden Country Park to Tonbridge.

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 # Weather
Sat, 22-Jan-22 Hever to Tonbridge 19 grey skies
Sat, 22-Feb-20 Hever to Tonbridge 13 cloudy with sunny periods
Sun, 13-Oct-19 Sunday Walk – Part 2 of the Eden Valley Walk (Hever to Tonbridge)
Sat, 22-Jan-22
Hever to Tonbridge
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Length: 16km (10m)
Toughness: 2 / 10
Transport: Take the 10:07 train from London Bridge, arriving in Hever at 10:49. Return trains from Tonbridge at xx:19 and xx:49. Buy a day return to Leigh, a station accessible via Tonbridge and Edenbridge. Hever is one stop beyond Edenbridge Town.

A pleasant walk through familiar countryside in the Medway valley, passing Hever castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the stately Penshurst Palace in the charming village of Penshurst before approaching Tonbridge along the mighty river Medway. There will be mud.

  • 25-Jan-22

    19 assembled at the station under grey skies only to immediately split into one group that followed the official route back over the railway tracks and another to pick up the official route further down the path on a more direct approach. All came together at Penshurst where 8 had lunch in the pub/restaurant and the rest had a picnic. After lunch one embarked on the shortcut to Leigh only to be caught out by the treacherous rail replacement service and ended up in Edenbridge. I, myself, entered into an attempt to break the high-speed walking record with another walker and we got separated from the rest of the group. The cafe 65mm coffee by the river informed us that they could only serve takeaways 20mins before closing time (or they just wanted to go home ...) so we went to the lovely Nancy's tearoom. The owner allows his guests to stay way past closing time (16:00) to finish their tea.

    Nice day with surprisingly dry ground.

Sat, 22-Feb-20
Hever to Tonbridge

t=SWC.345 Length: 16km (10m)
Toughness: 2 / 10
Transport: Take the 10:07 from London Bridge, arriving in Hever at 10:49. There are many trains from Tonbridge back to London Victoria or Charing Cross. Since start and end stations are on different lines the walk author suggests to buy a day return to Leigh which can be reach via either station.

A walk through familiar SWC territory in the Eden valley. Lunch is in Penshurst and the walk ends with a section along the river Medway into Tonbridge.

  • 18-Feb-20

    If there is further rain this week it would be advisable to check for flood warnings. When the Leigh Flood Relief Barrier is raised large areas of land around Penshurst, Leigh and Tonbridge are deliberately flooded to protect Tonbridge and other towns downstream on the River Medway.

  • Anonymous
    21-Feb-20

    Is there an update on the fluid situation for this walk, or let us know how to check this? Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    21-Feb-20

    You can check it by clicking on the flood warning link that. Sean provided in his comment below.

  • 21-Feb-20

    There was a flood alert at the beginning of the week but it's gone now. Last Saturday the Tonbridge walkers reported that the Racecourse Ground at the end of the walk was partly flooded and I'd expect the ground to get quite waterlogged towards the end, but probably not impassable.

    A minor issue is that trains still aren't running on the Redhill-Tonbridge line at weekends because of a serious landslip at Godstone. That doesn't affect the out-and-back trains for this walk, but if you want to shorten it by diverting to Penshurst or Leigh as suggested in the text, you'll have to take a replacement bus.

  • Anonymous
    21-Feb-20

    Hi, I tried to buy a return to Leigh, but I couldn't find any train. Can you please tell me what train ticket to buy? Thank you

  • 21-Feb-20

    The reason for suggesting a return to Leigh (Kent) is in the walk's introduction and too tedious to repeat here. You're not travelling to Leigh so it doesn't matter that there's a bus replacement service on Saturday.

    If you want a simple life, buy a single to Hever on the way out and a single from Tonbridge on the way back. But it will be more expensive.

  • 23-Feb-20

    13 , 11 at the station, joined by 2 at lunch stop who walked from Tonbridge and walked back with us.

    cloudy with sunny periods

Sun, 13-Oct-19
Sunday Walk – Part 2 of the Eden Valley Walk (Hever to Tonbridge)
Extra Walk 345 – Hever to Tonbridge
Length: 16½ km (10.3 miles). Toughness: 2/10

09:53 East Grinstead train from London Bridge (Norwood Jct 10:05, East Croydon 10:09), changing at Oxted (arr 10:33, dep 10:38) for the Uckfield train and arriving Hever at 10:51. Note that because of engineering works there are no train services between Victoria and East Croydon on Sunday.

There are four trains an hour back from Tonbridge, at xx:07 & xx:37 for Victoria and xx:21 & xx:49 for Charing Cross.

Hever and Tonbridge are on different lines and no return ticket is guaranteed to work, but (for reasons too tortuous to repeat here) the walk's Transport section suggests a return to Leigh (Kent).

This is the continuation of Saturday's walk, the conclusion of the Eden Valley Walk. It's a popular walking area and large chunks of this waymarked trail will be familiar from other SWC walks, though perhaps not the final section into Tonbridge.

You should reach the village of Penshurst between 12:30 & 12:45, where the Leicester Arms Hotel and the Porcupine Pantry (outside Penshurst Place) are available to refuel any non-sandwichers. At the end of the walk there are plenty of pubs, cafés and coffee shops in and around Tonbridge's High Street.

You'll need to bring the directions from this Hever to Tonbridge walk page. T=swc.345