Extra Walk 92b – Leigh to Penshurst
Length: 13½ km (8.4 miles). Toughness: 3/10
There are two ways of getting to Leigh (on the Redhill-Tonbridge line), and the trains arrive within two minutes of each other. Take either:
1. The 09:40
Ashford train from Charing Cross
(Waterloo East 09:43, Orpington 10:05) and change at Tonbridge
(arr 10:23, dep 10:29) for the Redhill train from Platform 1, arriving Leigh
. On this route, buy a day return to Penshurst
2. The 09:32
Brighton train from Victoria
(Clapham Jct 09:38, East Croydon 09:54) and change at Redhill
(arr 10:05, dep 10:10) for the Tonbridge train from Platform 1A, arriving Leigh
. On this route, buy a day return to Leigh (Kent)
Note that on both routes you have to change platforms and there's only 5 or 6 minutes to make the connection, so be brisk.
You can travel back from Penshurst station in either direction and again the hourly trains arrive at similar times: 32 minutes past to Tonbridge, 37 minutes past to Redhill.
I've chosen the shortish “Reverse Walk” starting at Leigh (option b) to cater for any rugby fans who want to finish in time to watch the 4pm quarter-final, but anyone wanting a longer walk can switch in mid-afternoon to the 18 km Leigh Circular (option c): see the walk document for details.
Extra Walk 92 covers Wealden territory which you may recognise from two of the Book 1 walks: the initial section through Penshurst Park is taken from Walk 15 and the stretch through Chiddingstone village from Walk 19. The normal lunch stop is the Rock Inn
at Hoath Corner, although this can only provide ‘lite bites’ at present as its kitchen is being refurbished. If you'd prefer something more substantial you could carry on to the Castle Inn
at Chiddingstone, but I'd be inclined to take what the Rock has to offer and save room for tea'n'cake in this picture-postcard village, where there's a tough choice between the Victorian Tea Room
in the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle
and the equally good Tulip Tree
in Burghesh Court. [On the Circular Walk the tea places in Penshurst village won't disappoint either.]
Note that both villages are some way from the end of each walk option, but there are pubs near both stations if you misjudge or aren't in a rush to get back.
You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 92
page. Clicking "Other" in the Walk Options heading line will hide the directions for the variations starting at Penshurst station.T=swc.92.b