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caffe in sevenoaks

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white house in sevenoaks

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church in sevenoaks

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Leigh to Sevenoaks walk

A gentle morning past fields and Oasthouses, then a steep climb to Knole Palace (NT) and its deer park


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.

Updated: Thu, 17-Jan-19

Date # Post
Wed, 05-Sep-18 6

Wednesday Walk Leigh to Sevenoaks - Kent's rolling landscape plus Knole Park

Book 1, Walk 21 - Leigh to Sevenoaks

Length: 14.5 km (9 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10 - just one long steep(ish) incline after lunch

London Charing Cross:10-10 hrs Ramsgate service. Waterloo East 10-13 hrs, London Bridge 10-19 hrs
Arrive Tonbridge: 10-51 hrs Change trains
Leave Tonbridge: 11-01 hrs Redhill service
Arrive Leigh: 11-05 hrs

Return Sevenoaks to London (mostly Charing Cross); 7 trains an hour

Rail ticket: Buy a day return to Leigh (Kent)

It is 5 years since this pleasant stroll in Kent had a summer outing - and over 12 years since its last mid-week posting, so perhaps it is overdue an outing in dry conditions (the walk tends to be horribly muddy in winter).

You have a choice of lunchtime pubs, depending on which route you take. The White Rock pub is on the main route. When I last book checked this walk I found the current management walker friendly, whereas in bygone years walkers had not been welcomed. The food is usually good to excellent. The Cock Horse pub in Hildenborough on the alternative route is also pleasant and its management made a fuss of me on my visit last year.

After lunch you have to negotiate the steep incline on this walk, with sections of the slope being in narrow gullies - but which should be bone dry today (not the case in winter). You then find yourselves in Knole Park which most of you will be familiar with - its grand house, its tearoom, its deer park. As you will arrive at the house within an hour of leaving The White Rock pub (circa 90 mins from the Cock Horse pub) you might find it a bit early to take tea in the Park's Brewhouse Tearoom (otherwise recommended). From the Park it is a short walk into the heart of Sevenoaks, where you can find several pubs and tea rooms, plus a branch of Bills. The walk downhill to Sevenoaks railway station is less than exciting, but by then you should have had a most enjoyable day's walk.
Walk Directions here: L=1.21
Five off the train and one "local" who we met en route so 6 in all. Most walkers appeared in rain proof garb except me and the (half)day was generally cloudy with a little rain so some mud was picked up on boots and the bottom of trousers: essentially the first walk of autumn. We took our boots off for the White Rock pub which served exellent food of sizeable portions in quick time.
After lunch the group soon reached Knole Park where 2 decided to visit its grand house. Speedily back to London and back through the frnt door by 5pm. Not a bad walk but not a Book 1 classic.

Sat, 02-Dec-17 30

Leigh to Sevenoaks


Distance: 15km / 9m
Toughness: 5 / 10
Transport: Take the 9:39 train from London Victoria arriving in Leigh at 10:34. There is an alternative train from London Charing Cross leaving at 9:15 with a change in Tonbridge arriving in Leigh at 10:23. Those who take the CharingX train should wait for the Victoria train. Trains back from Sevenoaks are aplently. A day return to Leigh should cover the journey.

This is a lovely walk through rolling Kentish hills before lunch. After lunch the route climbs up to onto the North Downs before entering Knole Park to finish in Sevenoaks.

30 on this walk so I am told and the weather was fair
The walk was very nice as was expected of this area of Kent though two heavily ploughed dried muddy fields made it hard work for those who went across them ( I went round )
Lunch was had by about 15 of us at The White Rock Inn though one poor chap didn’t get fed as they lost his order but he got his money back and a heartfelt apology from the barman who said that after he took the order he lost it and it never reached the kitchen. Crisps seemed to make up for the shortfall and the hungry man didn’t seem too upset not hungry.
After lunch there was the long slow climb with a bit of mud but not too bad and it did blow away the relaxation of lunch just in time for ……..
Afternoon tea which was taken in the NT tea rooms at Knole house a very nicely refurbished area though the tea and cake were as poor as ever a few apparently had tea in Sevenoaks at the Malabar Tea room which is supposed to be very good we will all know for next time.
Then on to Sevenoaks where the train was caught by most of us, tawdry Sevenoaks as I heard a fellow walker say not sure why, maybe it is the Christmas lights but that should be Tawdry Great Britain then don’t you just hate Christmas and all those interminable Christmas tunes ? ‘ I wish it could be Christmas everyday ' oh NO I don’t.
All the best
Audrey Humbug

I noticed a branch of \bills ha opened, opposite the theatre in Sevenoaks. It looks to be sizeable enough to cater for a large group of walkers.
Sat, 29-Oct-16 9

Saturday First Walk: Leigh to Sevenoaks

Saturday First Walk: Leigh to Sevenoaks T=1.21

Walk: 9 miles (14.5km) 5 out of 10

A leisurely start, gives a late lunch, but the pub is open for food all afternoon, and you should still have time for tea at the much improved Knole Park Brewhouse Café.

Travel: There are two train options to start the walk at 1134. London Victoria train to Tonbridge at 1039 arriving 1134, Clapham 1045. Alternatively Charing Cross 1015 Hastings train (1022 London Bridge) , changing at Tonbridge (1058) to the 1119 Southern train (platform 1) arriving 1123. Buy a day return to Leigh (Kent) pronounced 'Lie'.

For the return, there are frequent fast (and slow) trains to Charing Cross. If you prefer Cannon Street, get a train to Orpington, where there is a half hour direct service xx03 and xx33.

Lunch: is the White Rock pub (tel 01732 833 112), Underriver, some 9 km into the walk.

Directions are here L=1.21

If easier, you could start in Hildenborough, which would knock about 3 km off of the walk but allows you to pick up the route.
Upon leaving the station via the car park go north along Rings Hill and then Watt’s Cross Rd until you reach a T junction with the London Rd where you turn left and then next right into Mill Lane
This lines up with half way through Point 16 & then Point 17 from the online text of the walk
Continue ahead for 500 metres, passing a house called Oak Trees on your left to reach the B245.
Turn left and in 70 metres turn right on to Mill Lane.
Enjoyable walk with mild autumn weather. 9/10. Charing cross trains delayed, causing one person to be an hour behind. Friendly pub. Forgot to check on the instructions where a previous walker got lost. We didn't, but that might just be familiarity with some of the route.
Sat, 05-Dec-15 16

Leigh to Sevenoaks

Length: 14.5km (9m)
Toughness: 5/10
Transport: Take the 9:18 from London Cannon Street changing at Tonbridge, arriving at Leigh at 10:23. There are frequent trains from Sevenoaks back to London T=1.21

From the walk description:

You need to start this lovely walk in good time as the bulk of it is before lunch. The route is through what Laurie Lee described as the 'rolling, tidal landscape' of Kent. The walk starts in the village of Leigh (pronounced 'Lie' from the Anglo-Saxon for 'forest clearing') with its many fine old buildings, goes through the churchyard and past the parkland of Hall Place, and carries on through a few too many potentially muddy fields and past many an oasthouse (the conically roofed buildings used for drying hops) to the church and pub in Underriver, the suggested lunchtime stop. After lunch, it is sharply uphill to then follow the Greensand Way into magnificent Knole Park, passing the front entrance of Knole and leaving the park on a footpath to arrive in the centre of Sevenoaks.

Thank you : )
It is the CHRISTMAS PARTY on Thursday don't forget!! See listing below
London Bridge at 09.22 I think please someone confirm or deny
Just booked a table for 6 for lunch at 12.30
I'll be coming via East Croydon, arriving at 10.43 and will try to catch the group up.
blowy and dry About 16 on this walk which featured death and difficult styles but little mud
The White Rock at Underriver served us well with 14 or so of us ordering a meal and though it wasn't very busy they were turning away people who hadn't booked, so well done the person who had booked a table for us.
We finished in Sevenoaks with some making a beeline for the train but the more stalwart making a beeline for tea and cake in a little café called Malabar
Body count for the day was 3 (road kill hedgehog and squirrel) and a partridge not quite dead in the woods after the shooters had brought it down. It is bloody dangerous out there if you are a wild animal though the deer that we saw during the day were noticeably chill – they didn't expect to be attacked and killed though nor for that matter I doubt if the three that we saw earlier expected such carnage
Plus a few more on a later train:3 regulars and a group of about 10 friends doing the same walk independently.
This walk could be improved by cutting out some of the road walking in the morning. Looking at the OS map, a potential alternative route might be:

Instead of turning right at point 15 carry on north after Lower Street Farm, along the footpath.

Turn left on a minor road (Philpotts on right) and pick up the footpath on your right (heading north)

The path crosses the railway. Turn left along the country lane and pick up the footpath again on your right. This eventually takes you across the A21 by a footbridge and to the pub.

re last comment, the pub in that case is the one in Cock Wood and you'd need to follow a map from there to Underriver or for directions see the note from Chris in the updates section for this walk.

I want to express happiness with
the pub, the White Rock at Underriver, which delivered food quality out of proportion to the price
the early start and finish to this walk.
Sun, 30-Nov-14 15 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 06-Jul-13 0 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 02-Mar-13 10 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 26-Jan-13 5 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sun, 22-Jan-12 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 21-May-11 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 11-Dec-10 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sun, 29-Nov-09 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 23-May-09 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sun, 01-Feb-09 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 24-May-08 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sun, 12-Aug-07 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 26-May-07 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sun, 11-Feb-07 Leigh to Sevenoaks
Sat, 07-Oct-06 Leigh to Sevenoaks