Big barn, Lenham

Big barn, Lenham

Lenham to Charing

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Under Lenham Cross

Under Lenham Cross

Lenham to Charing

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Under Lenham Cross

Under Lenham Cross

Lenham to Charing

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Wheat

Wheat

Lenham to Charing

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Through a wood

Through a wood

Lenham to Charing

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up a field edge

up a field edge

Lenham to Charing

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Knapweed

Knapweed

Lenham to Charing

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Lenham to Charing walk

A tranquil walk along the North Downs

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
Sat, 03-Feb-18 16

Saturday Walk - A North Downs Combo: Hollingbourne to Charing (1st part in reverse, i.e. map-led)

Length: 26.2 km (16.3 mi) (or 14.5 km to Lenham)
Ascent/Descent: 485/456m
Net Walking Time: 6 hours
Toughness: 7 out of 10
Take the 09.22 Canterbury West train from Victoria (Bromley South 09.39), arrives Hollingbourne 10.29.
Return trains from Charing are on xx.47. Buy a Charing return.
SWC 1 comes in two versions, both short: from Lenham, one leads south to Charing, and the other leads north to Hollingbourne. So why not make a proper walk of it by combining the two? Walk the start of the walk from Hollingbourne to where the two routes split map-led (or read the written directions in reverse) and then pick up the Lenham to Charing write-up where the routes meet.
A large section of the walk is to the north side of the North Downs Way and passes along some little used footpaths, making for a tranquil walk. Its attractions include the pretty hamlet of Stalisfield Green and the historic village of Charing for tea. Shorter Walk: finish at Lenham Station.
Lunch: Blacksmith Arms in Wormshill (8.3 km/5.2 mi, no food), Ringlestone Inn in Ringlestone (9.7 km/6.0 mi, food), Harrow Inn (Hotel) in Warren Street (17.1 km/10.6 mi, food to 14.00). Tea: Mulberry’s Tea Room and The Oak (which may or may not now be a Costa Coffee).
For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.1.c
16 overcast till lunch drizzle for most of afternoon

16 off the train from London. One Rambler who missed the train for her intended walk with the Blackheath Ramblers took the initiative to approach one of our number in Victoria, found out we were doing a similar length walk and joined for her first SWC experience.

Nicely undulating in the morning with a couple of good ascents. Some nice views. Plenty of mud, so quite hard work. On the upside, used lots of muscles that don’t get a work out very often... Map led until lunch, so a few navigational mishaps.

8 had lunch at the very quirky Ringlestone Inn where the food was slow to arrive. The picnickers didn’t spend too long outside as the drizzle had started to come down just as we reached the pub. The slow arrival of the food was explained by an incident in the kitchen (said incident didn’t delay food service to the locals who arrived and ordered after our group).

Us picnickers moved on. More arable fields in the afternoon, but like the morning, with clearly defined paths. Some nice wooded areas. Two of us stopped at the Plough Inn about 5km from the end and found it to be a lovely pub with friendly pleasant staff. 2 of the lunchers caught us up. The rest of the lunch group took various routes to Lenham as they’d had enough of the mud. 4 of us got to Charing Station with a comfortable 5 minute wait for the train, meeting the picnickers who had eschewed the Plough Inn with the hope of refreshment in Charing. What they got was a 50 minute wait at the station as despite its size Charing, is devoid of any refreshment stop at 17:00 on a Saturday. 17:47 train to Victoria. Good day out. Would be interested in doing this walk again on a dry sunny day when the views could be better appreciated.


Wed, 01-Feb-17 11

Wednesday Walk - Lenham to Hollingbourne

SWC Walk 1a - Lenham to Hollingbourne

Length: 14 5 km (9 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

London Victoria: 10-22 hrs Canterbury West train (Bromley South 10-39 hrs)
Arrive Lenham: 11-35 hrs

Return: Hollingbourne to Victoria: 23 & 59 mins past the hour

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Lenham

I have little recollection of this walk (the only time I ventured out on it was in February 2009) other than during the morning our group of nine was knee deep in fresh, drifting snow. Otherwise, my notes just state it was a nice walk - so there you go - it must be worth another winter's outing.......

The original suggested lunch pub (the Blacksmiths Arms) appears no longer to serve lunch on weekdays (just Sundays) so your lunch stop today should be The Ringlestone Inn in Harrietsham, some 6 km into the walk which from write ups sounds good. Best 'phone ahead with numbers: 01622-859900.

Other than that, I leave it to you all to read the Directions and notes on what I hope is a pleasant walk in Kent.
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Directions here: L=swc.1

Next Week, Wednesday 08 February: Book 2, Walk 9a - Kintbury Circular
11 off the train 5 booked for lunch all hoping that the forecast would be optimistic for a break in the rain and mist. Sadly the ground was so sticky in the unrelenting drizzle we were glad to reach the lunch stop after 1.30pm and I for one refused to continue. 3 others set off before me to walk by road to Hollingbourne station but i was offered a lift by a couple who took pity on me and we 4 caught the 4pm train to Victoria. Quite the earliest i've ever returned from a Wednesday walk. How did the others get on who walked in the afternoon?
I believe our 5 sandwichers continued the walk in the rain to Hollingbourne, with 2 others taking the road to Harrietsham (I hope they made it OK) and our independent walker doing her own thing, per usual.
I continued with one other on the main walk open fields, some woods, and more large fields. Briefly, around 4 pm, the rain stopped and mist/fog descended, making route following tricky. The final descent from the fields above Hollingbourne was on nasty, slippery, muddy paths and I for one had difficulty remaining upright. My younger companion found this going easier. Our walk through the village was by now in the dark and we made the station in good time for the 17 59 hrs train.
The company today eleven regular mid week walkers was, as always, most enjoyable, with plenty of good chat in the rain. We also enjoyed the cosy, quirky Ringlestone Inn which served nice, home cooked meals. And despite the weather, it was pleasant to breathe in clear, country air after London's recent polluted conditions. As for the walk, it is exactly eight years since I last did it, and I would be quite happy to leave it another eight years before venturing out on it again.
11 wet
In spite of adverse weather conditions the morning walk was enjoyable . After lunch at the lovely oldie worldy Ringlestone Pub with its roaring fires I departed by road for Hollinbourne in the mist. En route I encountered q full aniseed type hunt with the
collection of hounds and horses. It was a wonderful sight to see in the English countryside.
I had to get get back a bit earlier than some to attend my book club followed by my two hour Scottishcountry dance class. jfk

Saw 3 of the others on the train
Sat, 14-Jan-17 14

Saturday First Walk - Lenham to Charing

Lenham to Charing - SWC Walk 1
8.3 miles / 13.3km
A tranquil walk along the North Downs


Trains: take the 9:22 Canterbury West service from London Victoria (9:39 Bromley South), arriving at Lenham at 10:35. Return trains from Charing to London Victoria at xx47. Buy a day return to Charing.


Lunch: The Plough, Stalisfield Green (01795 890256), food served til 2:30.


The refreshment options listed in the walk notes for Charing have not fared too well. The Rosebud Tea Rooms at 42 High Street has closed down but is due to re-open as Mulberry's. The Oak has also closed down.


Click here for full details and walk directions


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14 on this, on a crisp winter day cold but sunny and dry There was ice and snow underfoot mostly a light dusting of the latter but occasionally deeper. One or two slopes were tricky. The Plough was welcoming and people seemed content. Some even stayed for pudding. And so on to Charing where the Mulberry was open and the Oak was shut. All 14 arrived at the station within minutes of each other (is this a record?) and got the 15:47. Enjoyable walk, good day out.
Sun, 15-Feb-15 7 Lenham to Hollingbourne
Sat, 27-Sep-14 5 Lenham to Charing
Sun, 23-Mar-14 9 Lenham to Hollingbourne
Sun, 16-Sep-12 Lenham to Charing
Sun, 04-Sep-11 Lenham Circular
Sun, 28-Nov-10 Lenham to Charing
Sun, 09-May-10 Lenham to Hollingbourne
Sat, 06-Feb-10 Lenham to Hollingbourne
Sun, 09-Aug-09 Lenham to Charing
Sun, 03-May-09 Lenham to Hollingbourne
Wed, 04-Feb-09 Lenham to Hollingbourne
Sat, 24-Jan-09 Lenham to Charing
Sun, 11-May-08 Lenham to Charing
Sat, 08-Dec-07 Lenham to Charing
Sat, 13-Jan-07 Lenham to Charing