Length: 18.5km (11.5 miles) T=3.7
Toughness: 5 out of 10 10.05
train from Charing Cross
(10.08 Waterloo East
, 10.14 London Bridg
e) to Knockholt, arriving 10.49. If you miss the above train, get the 10.15 Charing Cross train (10.18 Waterloo East, 10.24 London Bridge) and change at Orpington (arrive 10.39, depart 10.43). Knockholt
is in zone 6
, so you can use Oyster,
contactless, etc: but don't forget to tap out
and tap in
at Knockholt - easy to do as it is a rural station with no ticket barriers.
For walk directions
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This walk has not had a Saturday outing since 2012, and as far as I can see has never been done in bluebell
time despite being listed on the Where to find Flowers
page as having "several attractive small bluebell woods". This is also fertile territory for other kinds of floral and spring delights, since this is essentially the chalk downland of the North Downs. Just after lunch it passes Downe House,
home of Charles Darwin, which can be visited.
you have a choice of two pubs in Downe - the George & Dragon
or the Queen's Head
, both 4.8 miles
into the walk. Somewhat mysteriously the walk directions do not mention a further choice 1.6 miles further on
, which is the Blacksmith's Arms
in Cudham, which is only very slightly off the route and seems to do food all afternoon.
If this walk has one weakness, it is that its tea stop
, the self-service Arthur's Restaurant
in Coolings Garden Centre, shuts at the cruelly early hour of 4.30pm
. It is 1.6 miles from the end of the walk, so 5.1 miles from Downe or 3.5 miles from Cudham. Otherwise one is reliant on one of two "locals" pubs nearby (don't ask if they do Earl Grey...).
There is a report that a section across the golf course at the start and end of the walk is being prepared for housing development, with the path across the site fenced. Trains back
from Knockholt go at 13
past. Don't forget to tap in