SWC Walk 37 - Knockholt to Otford
Length: 12.5 km (7.9 miles)
Toughness: 7 out of 10 9.58
train from Victoria
(10.07 Denmark Hill
, 10.15 Lewisham
, other stops in SE London, 10.38 Orpington
) to Knockholt
, arriving 10.44. Best ticket
: the simplest option if you don't have a season ticket or Freedom Pass is to buy a day return to Sevenoaks
- £7.75 with a Network Card. This will cover you for both outward and return journeys (and is the same price as a day return to Otford, which does not
cover the outward journey).
is in zone 6,
so you can use Oyster
to get there - but don't forget to tap out
. You would then need to buy a ticket to Swanley
, St Mary Cray
or Bromley South
on the way back, change trains (not such a mad idea: these stations have frequent services)
, and tap in with Oyster for the rest of your journey.
For walk directions
This is a little terrier of a walk, the perfect brisk winter outing. It may not be long, but it has two steep hill climbs (one in the morning, the other after lunch) to work off all those mince pies and covers some beautiful hilly territory after a slightly ho-hum start from Knockholt. Bits of the walk will be familiar to you from other SWC walks in the area, but it also has big chunks that are all its own. Lunch
is in Shoreham, which has at least three pubs, one of which hopefully will be able to squeeze us in. Tea
in Otford requires a 500 metre walk down a road, which you can skip if you want (boo hiss if you do, though).
The fastest trains back
from Otford are the 00
past to Victoria, though the 07
trains to Blackfriars may have better connections for some. All trains stop at Bromley South.