pub in shoreham

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the river darent

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ox eye daisies

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before rain 2

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meadow full of ox eye daisies

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Otford to Eynsford walk

2 climbs, the River Darent, two castles, and a Roman villa


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: Wed, 26-Jun-19

Date # Post
Sat, 26-May-18 26

Saturday walk - Otford to Eynsford - a gentle walk down an idyllic valley

Length: 14.1km (8.8 miles) - with possible extension: see ** below
Toughness: 5 out of 10

10.25 train from Victoria to Otford, arriving 11.00

Note that there can be quite long ticket queues at Victoria on sunny bank holiday Saturdays, so some may prefer to get the 10.10 from Charing Cross (10.13 Waterloo East, 10.19 London Bridge) arriving Otford at 10.48: if so, please wait for the Victoria walkers and don't fraternise with the Frant to Tunbridge Wells crowd...)

Buy a day return to Otford.

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

In the early days of the SWC, when we followed the old book one rota, this was a firm favourite as a late spring walk, despite its short length, but it has not had an outing at this time of year for eight years. With gentle Kentish scenery, a lovely village with several pubs for lunch and a pleasant finish along a river into Eysnford, this is a walk to linger over rather than rush through.

At one point in the afternoon and then a bit later around Lullingstone there are also extensive displays of oxeye daisies, which hopefully will be looking good by now. Lullingstone makes a possible tea stop - its cafe looks utilitarian but has nice cakes: you might also be in time to visit Lullingstone Castle (a stately home: don't expect battlements and moats) or Lullingstone Roman Villa (English Heritage) a bit further on. The Riverside Tea Room in Eynsford, by contrast, closes cruelly early at 4pm (it should be illegal for tea rooms to close this early!), though there is a nearby pub or two and a nice stream to dangle your feet in.

For lunch in Shoreham the usual SWC choice seems to be the Kings Arms, which serves basic cuisine, but I continually urge (in vain!) the charms of the Two Brewers, which is a very nice pub, though sometimes booked up. Not mentioned in the walk directions (though passed by the route) there is also a very nice garden tea room as part of the quirky Battle of Britain Museum in the village.

** LONGER OPTION If you want a longer walk from Eynsford you can continue up the waymarked Darent Valley Way for one mile to Farningham (a lovely village with a fine riverside pub, though near the M25 too) and there pick up the directions in sections 7 and 8 of the Farningham Road to Eynsford walk, taking you to Farningham Road station. All told this will add about 5.5km (3.4 miles) to the walk.

Trains back from Eynsford are at 32 and 57 past to Blackfriars and St Pancras, with the 57 offering a change at Bromley South to a Victoria train, saving 15 minutes of journey time.

Trains back from Farningham Road are at 12 past. It is just one stop from Farningham Road to Swanley, which is on the route to Otford, so your Otford return should be accepted. T=1.23

The pub on the road to the station has a very nice garden.

26 on this walk, including two who joined us at lunch time. Glorious hot sun and wonderful flowers. In particular lots of cow parsley lining every path still and acres of white oxeye daisies around Lullingstone. It was lovely to do this walk in high spring once again, as we used to do in the early days of the SWC.

Most lunched at the King’s Arms but some of us opted for the Battle of Britain Museum tea room. Very 1970s soup and sandwiches here but a lovely garden setting. Nearing Lullingstone we decided to revive the old relaxed walk tradition of having a sit down on the hillside. Then to tea at the Lullingstone tea rooms.

On the way to Eynsford we were taken on a diversion up onto Eagle Heights, which gave us fine views of the viaduct and valley. Most stopped at the riverside pub in Eynsford for a drink and then got the train home, but eight of us carried on to a Farningham. Two left here planning to do a longer loop to Farningham Road station but the rest of us had a drink by the river while mayflies danced overhead (and even landed on our shirts).

It was so nice that we decided to eat at the nearby Pied Bull. We then had a lovely (though increasingly fast paced) walk to catch the 9.12pm train as the light faded.
Great walk in great weather with great company, the mayflies at the end were a treat. Finally sorted out my pics... (all tagged)
Wed, 06-Dec-17 7

Wednesday Walk: Otford to Eynsford - River Darent, Two Castles and a Roman Villa

Book 1, Walk 23 - Otford to Eynsford

Length: 14.1 km (8.8 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10

London Victoria: 10-22 hrs Canterbury West service. Bromley South 10-39 hrs
Arrive Otford: 10-56 hrs

Eynsford to London Victoria: 13 and 43 mins past the hour, changing at Bromley South.

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Otford

This short walk punches above its weight and contains lots of variety: it should make for an enjoyable outing as winter approaches.
For lunch in Shoreham you have a choice of four pubs, but I usually stick to The King's Arms. which is walker friendly.
After lunch you walk beside the River Darent before you walk through woods, then up and over a golf course and then down to the Darent again. You now pass Lullingstone Castle and Lullingstone Roman Villa as you head towards Eynsford and its castle. For tea stops in Eynsford please refer to the walk directions.
Walk Directions here: L=1.23

7 W+mild cloudy. The Kings Arms had all tables reserved, set out for Christmas lunches. This may be because they offer a two course pensioners lunch on a Wednesday for £5.50. However, we were made welcome at The Old George Inn with two fires burning and few other diners. They have their pensioners lunch on a Thursday. We finished in good time to enjoy the Riverside tearoom in Eynsford. A relaxed day out with good company.
Sat, 17-Dec-16 22

Saturday 1st Walk - A short walk in the Shoreham Valley

Otford to Eynsford - Book 1 Walk 23
8.8 miles/14.1 km

This replaces the Knockholt to Otford walk originally posted, but you can still do this walk on 27 December. If you cannot wait that long to enjoy the charms of Knockholt station, I plan to do the original morning route from Knockholt to catch anyone unaware of the change of plan. All routes lead to Shoreham for lunch.

Trains: Take the 10:22 Canterbury West train from London Victoria, arriving at Otford at 10:56. Return trains from Eynsford to London Blackfriars at xx13/xx43. A return to Otford covers both stations.

Lunch: Shoreham has several pubs - the route takes you past the Kings Arms, the George Inn and The Crown are slightly off route.

Mid-afternoon refreshments are available at the Lullingstone Visitor Centre. Once in Eynsford, the route passes The Plough Inn and the Riverside Tea Room (open til 5pm), before heading up the main road to the station past the Malt Shovel.

Click here to download the walk directions (pdf)
I am interested in picking a walk to lead out on 30th December 2016. Has anyone grabbed this slot yet? jfk
To JFK: yes you can post a walk on the 30th. Write a post and send it to saturdaywalkers xxAtxxx and I will put it on the site for you [Walker]
I may be on the train arriving Otford 11.07, due to the Southern strike.
Got lost in the morning because I mistakenly thought I new the whole route by heart! Thankfully I had downloaded the walk onto my phone. 22 misty all day. Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you to the walk posters, you bring a lot of pleasure to a lot of people throughout the whole year.
Wed, 21-Oct-15 3

Midweek Day Walk - Otford to Eynsford.

Otford to Eynsford

The River Darent, two castles and a Roman villa

Book 1 Walk 23

Length : 14 km or 9 miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:22 am train from London Victoria to Otford

Meeting point : Otford Station at 10:56 am

Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Otford

Brief Description

A short but quite hilly walk within easy reach of London.
You may find full details of the walk here and a Kindle download here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Kings Arms Shoreham t : 01959 523100
Ye Olde George Inne Shoreham t : 01959 522017

Suggested Tea stop

The Plough Eynsford t: 01322 862281


OS Explorer : 147 and 162

Return train times

Trains return from Eynsford at 13 minutes and 43 minutes past the hour to London Victoria and you will need to change at Bromley South.

The return trains constitute the Thameslink service to Bedford, calling at Elephant and Castle, Blackfriars, Farringdon and Kings Cross/St Pancras, so you don't need to change at Bromley South if any of these stations suit you better than Victoria.

Another popular pub in Shoreham is the Crown (01959 522903) at the northern end of the village.
3 heavy rain but warm
1 dog
Two walkers got the designated train and somehow missed an earlier walker. However we all caught up later and walked into the lunch spot together. Heavy rain did not detract from enjoyment of the walk, lovely autumnal tree colours, hills etc.
One walker then took a short cut and two + dog carried on on route getting to Eynsford very early. Said dog stank out train carriage on journey back having rolled in something pungent !! lovely day despite the wet.

Sat, 17-Jan-15 27 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 11-Oct-14 25 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 01-Feb-14 20 Otford to Eynsford
Sun, 21-Oct-12 Otford to Eynsford
Mon, 02-Jan-12 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 04-Jun-11 Otford to Eynsford
Sun, 25-Apr-10 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 16-Jan-10 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 06-Jun-09 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 25-Oct-08 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 01-Dec-07 Otford to Eynsford
Sun, 08-Jul-07 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 09-Jun-07 Otford to Eynsford
Sat, 31-Mar-07 Otford to Eynsford
Sun, 17-Dec-06 Otford to Eynsford