Book 3, Walk 7, Knockholt Circular 1

Book 3, Walk 7, Knockholt Circular 1

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Book 3, Walk 7, Knockholt Circular 2

Book 3, Walk 7, Knockholt Circular 2

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Spindle fruit

Spindle fruit

Knockholt circular

06-Oct-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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Spindle fruit

Spindle fruit

Knockholt circular

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In a wood

In a wood

Knockholt circular

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Misty scene

Misty scene

Knockholt circular

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log monster

log monster

Knockholt circular

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Knockholt Circular walk

An enjoyable day out in the country within zone 6, thanks to those who campaigned for and legislated the Green Belt policy.

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
Sun, 07-May-17 8

Sunday Walk: Knockholt. Who's there? Knockholt Circular!

Knockholt Circular: SWC Walk 7
20km 12.2 miles
Difficulty: 5/10
A pretty, rural walk, teetering on the edge of zone 6. Hilly bits, good views and, in spring, wild flowers and bluebell woods. Shortly after lunch, you pass Down House, once home to Charles Darwin. It is open to visitors (Admission £11:80).
Trains: Get the 10:06 Sevenoaks train from Charing Cross (10:13 London Bridge, 10:23 Lewisham, 10:29 Hither Green) arriving Knockholt at 11:00.
You can also get the 10:25 Hastings train and change onto the above at Orpington (platform 5) but the connection is a bit tight (arr 10:50, dep 10:54).
Trains return at xx:28 and xx:58. You can save 12 minutes by changing to a faster train at Orpington (platform 2). It is within London Zone 6, so a zones 1-6 travelcard would do. Otherwise, get a return to Knockholt.
Lunch: The Queens Head, Downe (01689)852145 or the George and Dragon (01689) 889030 across the road.
Tea: Arthur's at Coolings Garden Centre is almost on the route but closes early (4:15 on the dot).
A diversion to the Cock Inn in Halstead (see text) is another possibility.
To get to the station, allow 45 mins from Coolings and 30 mins from the Cock Inn.
Walk Directions here
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8 attended. Cloudy most of the day, sunny late afternoon.
8 cloudy most of the day sunny late afternoon
Wed, 22-Feb-17 20

Wednesday Walk - Knockholt Circular

Length: 19.6 km (12.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 390m
Net Walking Time: 4 ½ - 5 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.06 Sevenoaks train from Charing Cross (W’loo East 10.09, LBG 10.14, Hither Green 10.24, …, Orpington 10.43), arrives Knockholt 10.49. [If you miss the 10.06, take the 10.15 Hastings train to Orpington and you have 3 minutes there to change trains…] Knockholt is within London Transport Zone 6, so a one-day off-peak Travelcard is an option.
Return trains are on xx.12 and xx.42.
Despite its starting point being within London Travelcard Zone 6, this is a completely rural walk, passing through a succession of lovely open fields, and through a number of woods. After lunch there is the opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, the naturalist.

This walk has not been posted for 2 ½ years, and not been walk-checked for 6 years, we’ll take the opportunity…
Lunch is either at the The Queens Head (food to 16.00) or at The George & Dragon (food all day), both in Downe (8.1 km/5.0 mi).
For tea, it’s either Arthur's Coffee Shop & Restaurant in Rushmore Hill (2.9 km from the end, open to 16.45),
or The Rose and Crown in Halstead (2.5 km from the end, 500m off route and under new management, now with more emphasis on Real Ales apparently).
For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos, a video and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.7
Next Week: Book 2 Walk 12 ab Guildford Circular with Hog's Back Start
20 on this walk including one late starter and one who parked somewhere and was with us at lunch and for a while after. There was a brief flicker of sun as we got off the train, but alas, it was not to be. Instead we had drizzle with increasing showers, the latter after lunch. On the plus side it was mild and really nothing like as muddy as it ought to have been.

Springlike signs were there for the sharp eyed and eared. I was almost certainly the only person to be excited by seeing dog's mercury shoots in the woods but a large flock of bleating and very pregnant ewes being led to the lambing shed promised happier times to come. Larks also sang along with song thrushes and one blackbird.

The George and Dragon in Downe was surprised to get a dozen of us for lunch "All I served yesterday was one cheese sandwich" the landlady was heard to say. But the kitchen still produced tasty food with decent despatch and at rock bottom prices. Some also tried the Queen's Head, though if its most famous local (one N Farage Esq) was there, I do not know.

In the afternoon I got left behind and so took a short cut to tea. Five or six others penetrated the many zones of Cooling's Nursery to join me in its very nice cafe. Later some tried both the Cock Inn and the Rose and Crown in Halstead. Both are locals pubs, though not unfriendly. The R&C is a 1970s time warp but had good beer, the cognoscenti tell me. A nun at the next table seemed to be enjoying it too. The four of us who sampled its wares walked in the dark across the golf course to get the 18.43 train, the extraordinary glow of London on the horizon producing an effect a little like pale moonlight.
Sun, 31-Aug-14 7 Knockholt Circular
Sun, 27-Apr-14 7 Knockholt Circular
Sun, 14-Apr-13 16 Knockholt Circular
Sat, 12-May-12 Knockholt Circular
Sun, 31-Jul-11 Knockholt Circular
Wed, 16-Mar-11 Knockholt Circular
Sat, 04-Sep-10 Knockholt Circular
Sun, 15-Nov-09 Knockholt Circular
Sat, 28-Mar-09 Knockholt Circular
Sat, 06-Sep-08 Knockholt Circular
Sun, 20-Apr-08 Knockholt Circular
Sun, 07-Oct-07 Knockholt Circular
Sat, 23-Jun-07 Knockholt Circular
Wed, 21-Feb-07 Knockholt Circular