Meopham to Rochester walk

Ancient woodland, landscaped parkland and a nature reserve on the Kent Downs to a riverside town full of historical interest.


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    Hiking In London, Aug-16

    Cuxton to Halling walk Cobham Park and the newly-restored Darnley Mausoleum, organic farms and nature reserves Main Walk: 18 km (11.2 miles). Four hours 45 minutes walking time. For the whole excursion including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 9 hours. This walk takes in a surprisingly varied landscape around the Medway Gap, where the North Downs have been breached by the river. There are many old chalk quarries here, but the processing and cement manufacturing plants have closed and Snodland's paper mill is the only major survivor of the area's industrial past. Holborough Lakes (between Halling and Snodland) is a large new housing development on some of these abandoned quarries. Near the start of the walk you go through a local nature reserve, then across undulating rural farmland. A steady climb takes you over the chalk grassland of Ranscombe Farm Reserve, a working farm managed by the charity Plantlife. The final part of the morning section is through Cobham Park, where the landscape is gradually being restored to Humphry Repton's original design (and the neo-classical Darnley Mausoleum is occasionally open to the public). Lunch is in the attractive village of Cobham, well-known for its associations with Charles Dickens: the Leather Bottle is one of the coaching inns mentioned in The Pickwick Papers. The village has a fine parish church whose most striking feature is the Brooke Tomb in the chancel, although most visitors come to admire its magnificent collection of medieval brasses in the pavement in front of the tomb, an astonishing survival when so much was lost in the religious upheavals of the 16th and 17thC. After lunch you go through the village of Luddesdown (pronounced Ludsdun) which has an equally interesting and quite different parish church, then along an open valley which is part of Luddesdown Organic Farms. You climb over a wooded part of the North Downs and make a gradual descent into the village of Halling (pronounced Hauling), with fine views across the Medway Valley. The final part of the full walk is a contrasting short loop around Halling Common on the banks of the River Medway. Event: See more: Sponsor the club If you arrived to this page is because you are interested in our Club and what we are doing. Probably we share the same values, we love nature and the freedom of walking through the country side. Even more, you might want to collaborate with us to help us improve and replace our hiking equipment. If so, please proceed with a donation subscription, you choose the amount and you can cancel at any time. Feel proud to be part of this big community!! In return, in the case you have a company, we can include your logo on our website, videos...etc Let's growth together!! ¡SUBSCRIBE! Flickr: Facebook: Instagram: © Club Hiking in London. Ltd 2020 (CASC) in collaboration with Saturday Walkers Club. swcwalks swcwalk173 #HikingUK #HikinginLondon #NorthDowns

  • Cuxton to Snodland. 7/4/13.
    amib, Apr-13

    This is a pleasant 12 miler through some varied Kent countryside. Setting out from the station, the walker is soon walking past Cuxton church and ascending into a local nature reserve. Then, it's on across some undulating farmland, with some great views, before a pleasing woodland section leading to the Darnley Mausoleum in Cobham Park. Shortly after, lunch is had in Cobham, with it's choice of hostelries, or church, in this case. Thereafter, there's some familiar terrain passing the village of Henley Street and then on past Luddesdown, with its church and organic farm. Here the walker joins the Wealdway, which is followed to Great Buckland. Then, it's a decent section of woodland walking before descending to views of the semi-industrial Medway River Crossing area and so on to Halling. The walk can be finished here, but it's well worth the extra mile to complete the journey in Snodland, particularly if you are able to do the 'main' or 'longer' routes, which this walker didn't, following the 'direct' route instead. (The unidentified bird on Holborough Marshes is now believed to be a Reed Bunting. Some wind interference on vocal.).