Ye Olde George Inn, Shoreham

30-Nov-16 • Sean O'Neill

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The Two Brewers, Shoreham

04-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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The Crown, Shoreham

04-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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A place to admire the view from Polhill Bank

27-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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The M25 from Pilots Wood

27-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Meenfield Wood in winter

27-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Millennium mural, Otford

02-Jan-17 • Sean O'Neill

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Otford Circular via Shoreham walk

The steep-sided hills and secluded valleys around the Darent valley.


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: Fri, 07-Dec-18

Date # Post
Sat, 24-Nov-18 16

Saturday Walk – An alternative Otford Circular

Extra Walk 290 – Otford Circular, via Shoreham
Length: 14 km (8.7 miles), with shorter afternoon options. Toughness: Up to 5/10

10:25 Canterbury West train from Victoria (Bromley South 10:42), arriving Otford at 10:58.

This is the fastest route, but if it's more convenient the 09:46 Sevenoaks service from Blackfriars calls at lots of stations in south London and reaches Otford at 10:48. A third way is to travel out via Sevenoaks; if you get there in time for the 10:52 back towards Blackfriars you'll get to Otford at almost the same time as the Victoria train. A return to Otford is valid on all these routes.

The direct fast trains back to Victoria are at xx:26 & xx:56, the slower ones to Blackfriars three minutes later. If you want to return via Sevenoaks, those are at xx:18 & xx:48.

This is a variation on the familiar Otford Circular from Book 1, with a shorter morning around the steep-sided hills on the eastern side of the Darent valley and a longer afternoon exploring those on the other side. Like the original it packs a fair amount of climbing into its short length, but there are a couple of shorter options in the afternoon if you want something a little less strenuous.

You should be able to squeeze into one of Shoreham's four pubs for lunch, and to round off the day Otford has two tearooms as well as its pubs. If you're interested in trying some English wine the walk route passes The Mount Vineyard in Shoreham, but they don't seem to be offering free tastings this year.

You'll need to bring the walk directions from the Otford Circular via Shoreham walk page. T=swc.290
Looks like this short and close to London walk won the day, 16 at the station with 3 4 new walkers but they soon disappeared from the group. Despite forecast of rain, we managed the entire walk totally dry, overcast but dry. A classic SWC walk with beautiful autumn colours and varied landscope. We reached Shoreham around 12:30. 5 ate at Ye Olde George Inn and 3 dinned at Kings Arm. Food were good at both pubs. Several (4 5) from Ye Olde George Inn took a short cut in the afternoon (really? can't believe it, but it is true), at least 5 did the scheduled walk (8.7 miles), 2 took an alternative route in the woods to avoid romantic sound of 'Niagara Falls' (M25). Various segments came, went or met up at Hospice cafe for tea and cake, yum! The last group left Otford on 4:56pm train. A good day out. Thanks Otford for keeping us dry.
Sun, 28-May-17 17

A short but hilly walk in the Darent valley

New Walk – Otford Circular, via Shoreham
Length: 14 km (8.7 miles). Toughness: 5/10

10:29 Canterbury West train from Victoria (Bromley South 10:54), arriving Otford at 11:13. Note that there are no services from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge this weekend, but if it's more convenient you could take the 10:16 Ramsgate train from Cannon Street (Orpington 10:37) and change at Sevenoaks, arriving Otford at 11:06; a return to Otford is valid on this route.

There's a fast hourly train back to Victoria at 32 minutes past, plus slower ones at xx:06 & xx:36. If you want to return to Cannon Street via Sevenoaks, those trains are at xx:07 & xx:37.

Once again one of my ‘new’ walks is a thinly-disguised version of an existing walk, in this case the well-known Otford Circular from Book 1. However, that walk was left with a very short afternoon after the closure of its lunch pub in Romney Street, and this version essentially offers a more balanced walk before and after the new lunch stop in Shoreham. Although primarily intended as a short autumn or winter walk, I've given it a spring début because it goes through several areas which are good for wildflowers. The bluebells in Meenfield Wood will have all but gone by now but there should be orchids in Magpie Bottom and Polhill Bank.

In these days of pub closures it's a surprise that Shoreham still offers a choice of four for lunch (although I think an alternative, the Honeypot Tea Rooms, might still be closed). If you have a favourite hostelry you might want to book a table when you set off, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't squeeze in somewhere. At the end of the walk the Pond View Café is the suggested tea stop when the Otford Tea Rooms are closed; there are also a couple of pubs if you want something stronger.

You'll need to print the walk directions from this temporary New Walk page. t=swc.290
Now I might do the Walk next Sunday. But I can't Guarantee I will. So during the Walk. There will be no Pub Restaurant to stop at. Anyway if I do make it. Then I will be bringing Sandwiches etc.
There are no guarantees that country pubs will survive from one week to the next, but it would be a shock if all four of Shoreham's pubs close by next weekend. Still, pessimists who bring sandwiches will find some nice spots in the churchyard or on the riverbank.
I am doing this walk but starting an hour earlier as have something on in the evening
Do I need a Return ticket from Otford there and back?
Unless you're planning to stay in Otford, you would need a return ticket.
On a sunny day 17 walkers set off at the appointed time for this (mostly) new walk, with quite a lot of climbing packed into its modest 14km. The Crown was as good as ever for lunch, but as I've commented here before I wish some people wouldn't eat their own food in a pub's beer garden the pub might not be so welcoming to the next group of walkers. At the end of the walk the Pond View Café had annoyingly shut at least 30 minutes before its published 4.30pm closing time; with a little time to spare before the 16:32 some stopped for a quick drink in the Bull, but were then caught in a heavy downpour. [Three piled into my car for a lift to the station and in the confusion I managed to lose a nice Tilley hat...probably dropped in the rush but if someone did mistakenly walk off with it, please say].
Agreed. Rank bank manners to eat your own food in a pub. Cheapskatery & gives those who properly support often struggling country pubs a bad name. Find a bench, or apply for a job in the pub kitchen.