Near Ide Hill

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A view north to Ide Hill

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Bluebells 1

Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway

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Ide Hill 25.4.15

Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway walk

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Near Ide Hill

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Grave of National Trust founder at Ide Hill

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View from Ide Hill

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Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway walk

Long. The Greensand Way through remote wooded hills, passing Chartwell (Churchill, NT), Toys and Ide Hills. Gentle fields to finish.

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
Sat, 07-Apr-18 8

Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway

CW2 11 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Length: 21 km (13 miles). Toughness: 6/10

Catch the 9:23 from London Victoria arrives Hurst Green 10:04.

Direct return trains from Penshurst xx:27 until 18:27; following trains change at Tonbridge / Redhill

Travel advice: Linear walk, out on one line and return on another, both lines are operated by Southern. A return ticket to Hever should certainly suffice for the return journey from Penshurst.


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Hi,
It seems the information for this walk contains the information for another one. Please check and replace it.

Many thanks.
Regards,
Sorry about that, link now correct.

PS. Train ticket: when this walk was posted a few weeks ago the advice was to get a return to Penshurst and I'd agree with that. Although they're on different lines, Hurst Green is on the way to Penshurst if you change at Edenbridge (walking between its two stations). And a Penshurst return is also valid on the alternative route back via Southeastern services from Tonbridge.
I really enjoyed the South Downs walk on Easter Sunday and I’m just wondering if I could make a case for some longer, challenging walks? As well as walking with SWC, I’ve started walking with Blackheath Ramblers. Last Saturday they had an 18 mile walk, and over the next five Saturdays they have 15, 21, 26, 19 and 17 mile walks. From a quick glance at the upcoming SWC walks this Saturday, they are 13, 10 and 12 miles long. Last weekend the longest SWC was 15.9 miles long. I’m thinking there must be some demand for a few longer walks, especially now that the daylight hours are getting progressively longer? Hoping to start some informed debate on this? Thanks Monique
Nearly every week Thomas G offers a walk of the kind of length you describe. You have picked one of the rare weeks when he is not doing so.

Having said that, we aim to cater to all walk tastes and as a poster I get many more complaints about walks being too long than I get about them being too short. 10, 12 and 13 miles seems like a good range to me.

But as I say, look out for Thomas G's walks: he is definitely of your way of thinking and will doubtless be pleased to hear from you.
Just as an anecdotal example, last Saturday's Ashurst to Eridge walk was 13 miles, but with an option of doing a shorter circular walk of 9 miles. Of the 18 walkers who turned up, 11 decided to do the 9 mile version, with 7 of us walking the full 13. I would say this is fairly typical of my experience on non Thomas G SWC walks when a choice of walk lengths is offered.
Thanks for the comments so far, interesting that from your experience people seem to prefer shorter walks. Just thought I'd add that there were 33 people on the Blackheath Ramblers walk I did recently. The walk leader said that they often get that many people and that the number of walkers on their walks is steadily increasing. Not that I think 33 is a particularly comfortable number when it comes to crossing stiles, pub lunches etc.
8 on this walk. The weather was dry mild and calm. A really nice and quite challenging walk with varied scenery. Lovely woods with masses of bluebells and wild garlic starting to appear, although neither are yet in flower, as well as plenty of pleasant open sections. We heard a Mistle Thrush and lots of Skylarks and at one point we saw (and just missed stepping on) a grass snake on the path. A bit of mud but not much really and my boots were fairly respectable at the end. Most of us visited 3 of the 4 pubs en route. We hadn't called in advance and The Fox & Hounds at Toys Hill said we'd have around an hour's wait so we continued to The Cock Inn, which was open served nice, hot meals. The Little Brown Jug, perfectly located just opposite the station, provided pots of tea while we waited for the train. Thanks for posting.
Wed, 21-Mar-18 12

Wednesday Walk - Hurst Green to Chiddington Causeway (Penshurst Station)

Length: 21.6 km (13.4 mi) [shorter walks possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 531/586m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ¼ hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10
Take the 10.08 Uckfield train from London Bridge (10.23 East C.), arriving Hurst Green at 10.40.
[From Victoria, the 09.54 East Grinstead train gets to HG at 10.34, but the Network Railcard is not valid, i.e. you’d have to pay a full price Penshurst rtn ticket to use that service. The 10.06 Pompey Harbour train leaves you just 1 minute to change trains in EC, good luck…]
Return trains: 16.27, 16.48 and 17.29 to Victoria, 16.32 to Cannon St. (via Tonbridge), 18.01, 18.38 and 18.55 to Charing X (via Tonbridge), 18.31 to London Bridge. Buy a Penshurst return.
The last mid-week posting of the full walk was 9 years ago...
This is a rewarding walk along the hills of northern Kent, much of it passing through woodland, along the Greensand Way. In the afternoon you can enjoy views over the countryside to the south. The walk also passes Chartwell, (former home of Winston Churchill) and through the secluded upland village of Ide Hill, a possible tea stop.
Shorter Options: You may reduce the length of the standard walk by 12 km to 9 km by following the main route directions as given until [3], then follow the Shortened route directions to finish at Oxted. Alternatively, you can trim a 1km descent and ascent section off the standard and short walks by using the short cut at [2] indicated in the walk directions text. There are other options mentioned on the webpage.
For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch: The Fox and Hounds (11.4 km/7.1 mi, food to 15.00).
Tea: The Little Brown Jug. T=2.16
Looks like I'm free tomorrow so I may come along, although I suspect it might be a bit of a mudbath.
10 walkers off the train, 2 more off the same train but doing a different walk by themselves, and 2 others half an hour behind, so 12 in sunny and warm weather. Fine far views in the fantastic weather (much better than forecast), lots of woods, plenty of up and down, immense amounts of bluebells (not out yet), some wood anemones (out) and lots of mud (unsurprising after recent snow and rain). The faster of the two laggards caught up with the group before lunch, the slower of the two though, somehow, managed to get to The Fox and Hounds before anyone else. Great pub, good food, fine beer (under new mgmt apparently).
The picnickers had moved on in dribs and drabs, so we only joined up with most of them right at the end at The Little Brown Jug. A train was due to leave in 10 minutes, but we decided to stay at this very nice pub for a a while longer. 18.01 train, connecting neatly to the fast 18.09 at Tonbridge. Brilliant day.
Sat, 15-Apr-17 19

Saturday Walk – Bluebells along the Greensands Way

Book 2 Walk 16: Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway T=2.16

Distance: 13 Miles or 21 km for those more metrically minded
Difficulty: 7 out of 10

Train: Take the 10:08 AM Uckfield train from London Bridge, arriving at Hurst Green at 10:40. Return trains from Penshurst are at 17:27; 18:27; 19:27; 20:27; 21:21 and 22:21. Buy a day return to Penshurst.
This classic bluebell walk has not been posted on a Saturday for a while – so, with the bluebells starting to emerge thought it was the perfect time to give it an outing. It is a very enjoyable walk through light woodland largely following the Greensands Way with lovely views off to the south. You also pass by Chartwell, the former home of Winston Churchill now owned by the National Trust. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch spot is the Fox & Hounds (01732 750 328) at Toys Hill (7 miles/11 km into the walk) which serves food until 3:00pm and a few kilometers further on is the Cock Inn (01732 750 310) at Ide Hill (8 miles/13 km) which serves food all day. Large groups should call ahead and/or disperse between the two options. Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Little Brown Jug conveniently positioned within a stone’s throw of Penshurst Station.

Enjoy the walk!
bluebells explained: http://theconversation.com/bloomageddon seven clever ways bluebells win the woodland turf war 74086
Is it certain that the appropriate ticket to buy is a day return to Penshurst? Both trains are Southern, but the two lines are quite different and diverge soon after East Croydon. Does anyone have any idea about this?
According to traintimes.org.uk, you can travel to Penshurst via Hurst Green
Thanks. I can see that now. The stop after Hurst Green is Edenbridge Town. From there it's just under a mile to Edenbridge, which is on the same line as Penshurst.
19 on this walk including three who missed the train and materialised later. The weather was mainly sunny after a somewhat cloudy start: a lovely spring day. Oodles of bluebell woods, some full out, others less so. Also some fields covered in dandelions and, in the later stages, some bright yellow fields of oilseed rape.

The always rather snooty Fox & Hounds declined to take orders from those of us at the back of the group so we pressed on to the Cock Inn in Ide Hill, where we secured a nice table outside in the sun. We were told food would take an hour to come but it took half that time. My lasagne was only visible under a microscope, but otherwise the portion sizes looked good. I supplemented my diminutive rations, indeed, by finishing off the meals of everyone else.

The last third of the walk was a dreamy descent into lovely countryside. I went a bit off piste in search of more oilseed and found tea at the Bough Beech Visitor Centre, later rejoining the group at The Little Brown Jug.

Not much more to say except that it was a perfect day out at one of spring's perfect moments with lots of nice chat about this and that. Happy days.
To be fair to the Fox & Hounds, it was Easter Saturday and they were very busy. I many be wrong but I don't think we had called them in advance.
I did this walk on Sunday, instead. I noticed a number of minor differences between the walk directions and the actual walk. One amendment that needs to be made, just after the approach to Bushy Wood Place, in the paragraph starting "[!] In 200 metres (and 80 metres before a white house ahead), turn right along a car wide track..." The paragraph continues "In 25 metres go over a stile to the right of a metal fieldgate". It should be amended to "In 25 metres go through a gate to the left of a metal fieldgate".
Sat, 25-Apr-15 30 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sun, 20-Jul-14 8 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sat, 18-Jan-14 11 Edenbridge to Sevenoaks
Mon, 27-May-13 Edenbridge to Chiddingstone Causeway, via Pootings
Sat, 16-Feb-13 0 Edenbridge to Chiddingstone Causeway, via Pootings
Sat, 28-Apr-12 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Wed, 17-Nov-10 Hurst Green to Oxted
Sun, 05-Sep-10 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sat, 25-Apr-09 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Wed, 01-Apr-09 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sat, 20-Dec-08 Hurst Green to Oxted
Sat, 11-Oct-08 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sun, 21-Sep-08 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sat, 26-Apr-08 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sun, 06-May-07 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sat, 28-Apr-07 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Sat, 06-Jan-07 Hurst Green to Oxted
Sun, 01-Oct-06 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway