Book 1, Walk 43 - Otford Circular via Romney Street
Length: 12.0km (7.5 miles)
Toughness: 5 plus out of 10 a good incline at walk-start, then it's easier going
Car drivers: there is a large car park immediately outside the railway station.
For those of you comfortable using public transport in these Covid times, your recommended train is:
: 10-25 hrs South-Eastern Canterbury West service Bromley South 10-42 hrs
: 10-59 hrs Return
direct trains back to Victoria at 26 and 56 mins past the hour. Also trains, changing at Bromley South, at 29 and 59 mins past the hour
A nice short walk today, but one with an energetic start as you climb out of Otford up into the woods. Thereafter, the going for the remainder of the day is easy going, through pleasant countryside.
The original lunch pub mid-way into this walk at Romney Street
closed down many moons ago, so lunch is deferred until you have seventy five percent of the walk under your belt - in the village of Shoreham
. Here you have a choice of four pubs, all very acceptable, and most if not all should be open for your custom today. I usually stop at the Kings Arms
, which serves good, honest pub grub. The two tea rooms in the village may be closed today.
After lunch you return to Otford via the Darent Valley path
through a golf course then over fields back into the village. You have a choice of tea stops and a number of pubs in Otford for post-walk refreshments before you head along a path to the side of the Church of St Bartholomew
which takes you to Otford railway station, for your return journey back to London - or to be reacquainted with your car in the station car park.
Walk Directions are here: L=1.43