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KNOCKHOLT TO OTFORD GOOD PLACES TO HIKE NEAR LONDON | WALK UK
This walk approaches the familiar walking territory around Shoreham and Otford in Kent from an unfamiliar angle, passing at first over wooded hills, then climbing up and over a steep ridge to get down to Shoreham. In the first 3km/2 miles of the walk there is some traffic noise from the M25, but how much depends on the way the winds are blowing and other atmospheric factors. As you approach Shoreham this fades. In the afternoon the route largely reverses the morning of the Otford Circular walk (Book 1, walk 43 on this website), though with one twist that introduces the lovely hidden valley of Magpie Bottom, now a nature reserve, with fine downland flowers and butterflies in the summer. The walk also has several nice bluebell woods, particularly (but not exclusively) in the latter part of the walk, and in autumn there are lots of beech and sweet chestnut woods to provide colour. In winter the walk is not over-afflicted with mud, but the descents into Shoreham and Otford can be a bit slippery. Event: http://www.senderismoenlondres.co.uk/events.html ¡SUBSCRIBE! Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/senderismoenlondres Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hikinginlondon/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hikinginlondon/ © Club Hiking in London. Ltd 2020 (CASC) in collaboration with Saturday Walkers Club. swcwalks
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Otford (Round Walk). 30/1/11.
Originally, the shortest walk in Book 1 but what a delight! And only 30 minutes from London! Now, around 7.5 miles of walking, initially, along the North Downs Way, through woods and across undulating fields (can be muddy!) to lunch in Romney Street. After lunch, with views of 'The Shard' and Canary Wharf in the distance, it's more of the same before arriving in Shoreham. From there, the Darent Valley Path takes the walker back into Otford. (This walk would make an excellent introduction to country walking for the newcomer, though a few minor hills).
Last updated : Apr-20