The best of the Greensand Way - a traverse of the Chart Hills. Toy's Hill, Ide Hill, Chartwell (NT), and an extension to Knole Park (NT)
|Status||Draft - under construction!|
|Length||11.7 miles ( 18.8 km)|
|Toughness||6 out of 10 with 1350 ft (400 meters) of ascent). Undulating.|
This is one of the Greensand Way's (GW) best days - a traverse of the Chart hills, passing Chartwell, Toy's Hill and Ide Hill, to finish in Knole Park. It is also the start of the Kent half of the GW.
Leave Hurst Green via a shortcut to the GW. (This misses out a section of the GW over Limpsfield Common - Head due north from the station instead if you wish to do this, however, this is already a long walk, and there are better extensions at the end.)
After joining the GW, continue east to Limpsfield Chart, Croackhamhill Common, Chartwell (Churchill's Bouse, NT), and Toy's Hill.
Lunch can either be taken at the Chartwell cafe, or at the Fox and Hounds in Toys Hill (poor reviews of late)
Continue east to Ide Hill and Goathurst Common / York's Hill.
Here the GW leaves the ridge and heads down to Sevenoakes Weald. You have 3 choices.
The 2 Knole Park routes meet up in the very pretty Knole Deer Park, and pass Knole Palace. There is a steep climb to the old town, then its downhill to the station
All 3 routes meet up in the old town, which has several pubs including a Wetherspoons. Its downhill to the station
An early possible lunch stop is the NT restaurant at Chartwell (tel 01732 863087), about 7.5km from the start of the walk, open on the same days as Chartwell House. However, to access the restaurant you either have to be a National Trust member, or pay the entrance fee to the grounds (currently £3.25). Staff at the gate do not always insist on payment from walkers if you say you are only visiting the restaurant, but you cannot rely on this.
The suggested lunchtime stop is The Fox & Hounds (tel 01732 750328, www.foxhoundstoyshill.co.uk), Toys Hill, about 11km from the start of the walk. Food to 2pm (Monday to Thursday) / 2.30pm (Friday to Sunday). Very poor reviews of late.
To do - many places in Sevenoaks
This walk is one of 11 stages of the Greensand Way - a regional long distance path in the Southeast of England
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
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