Sunset

Winter sky in Kent.

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Pluckley - Trees

The Pluckley Circular walk.

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English Country Cottage

Pluckley Circular. This photograph was taken in Little Chart Forstal the village where H. E. Bates lived.

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English Country House

Thanks to everyone who has commented on and made this photograph a favourite. I am glad that so many people like it however please do not use this photograph without my permission. A few people have used this image on blogs which I have no problem with but some others have used it on sites which are purely for advertising. If anyone wants to put this on a commercial site I am happy to discuss terms.

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Footpath

Pluckley circular.

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Bark bark bark

Pluckley Circular with extension

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Two trees

Pluckley Circular with extension

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Pluckley Circular walk

Gentle walk through quiet Kent Orchards with ancient pubs - Darling Buds of May territory. Hilly afternoon options.

History

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.

Date # Post
Sun, 27-Aug-17 9

A plucky looky at spooky Pluckley

Pluckley Circular
Book 2 walk 21 and optional non-SWC diversion.
Difficulty 1 out of 10 (I'd say 2 or 3 for the longer versions)
Length 7.2, 9.2 or 11.2 miles (11.5, 14.7, or 18 km)

Pluckley in Kent’s Low Weald, claims to be the UK’s most haunted village. Our basic Pluckley walk is 7.2 miles and you could, if you wish, add our online extensions. But what if Mr Tiger had found a walk that took you round where the real actual ghosts are? Well, he has. It's written by an authority on ghost stories who also puts on walks in London.
So the idea is this… Follow our basic "Book 2" walk in the morning, with lunch at either the Swan or the Black Horse, then, at St Nicholas Church, switch to the ghost walk. That walk is 4 miles long and brings you back to the Black Horse. From there, you resume the original walk back to the station. So total 11.2 miles. That’s the simplest combination, but you could shorten things....
......After encountering the ghostly schoolmaster down Dicky Buss's Lane, instead of turning left along Smarden Rd to return to the Black Horse, you could re-join our walk by running screaming in the opposite direction (right) down Smarden Rd, heading SW. (The SWC walk turns onto this road at point 57). Shortly after the former Blacksmiths Arms/Tea-rooms on your right, follow our walk left into Lambden Rd (point 58) still running, still screaming.
Trains
Get the 09:42 Ashford International train from Victoria (Bromley South 09:59, Orpington 10:07) arriving Pluckley 10:57.
Return trains at xx:37 to Victoria. Get a return to Pluckley.
(More expensively, you could take the 9:37 Ashford International HS1 from St Pancras changing at Ashford for the Victoria-bound 10:31, arriving earlier at Pluckley at 10:37. Your only real advantage is a return journey 20 mins quicker. That's on the xx:57 back to Ashford to pick up the HS1.)
Lunch
The Swan Inn in Little Chart is recommended 01233 840 702. They have a garden by the stream.
A bit later, in Pluckley, there's the (very haunted) Black Horse 01233 841 948. This also serves as a tea stop. Phoning advised for both.
Tea
The Black Horse is the most reliable choice for the short walk and the ghost walk.
St Nicholas' Church, Pluckley occasionally offers cream teas on Sunday afternoons, though not as often as they used to.
The Dering Arms, 01233 840 371 opposite the station, has a quaint charm but often closes early on a Sunday, at around 4:00 pm (earlier than their website suggests).
The Blacksmiths Forge Tea Room (once the Blacksmiths Arms), mentioned in the ghost walk, is just a private house now. (Private, except for the cavalier, the phantom coachman, and the Tudor serving maid).
The SWC extensions both go past the Rose and Crown at Mundy Bois 01233 840 048. From there, allow 45-50 minutes to the station. The longest extension also passes the The Barrow House in Egerton 01233 756 599 (formerly the George).
Directions Use this online version for the basic SWC walk (includes the two optional extensions).
The ghost walk is available here. (Use in conjunction with the basic walk)
T=2.21
8 assembled on the platform but 2 stayed behind to await a third whose car journey had been delayed so lets make that 9. Sadly we never saw the 3 again.
Six of us ambled off in "perfick" sunny and warm weather to take an early lunch at the Swann Inn who were fully booked but salads, burgers and pizzas were on offer from food vans there for a "festival". (Is it just my inner Victor Meldrew that finds bog standard disco mix music Stayin Alive, I will Survive utterly depressing as it booms out over quiet idyllic countryside... Whatever)
We did not linger too long at the Black Horse and were all too scared to do the ghost walk and soon we six split 2 doing the short version, 3 the medium and me who did an abridged version of the long walk, leaving out the pub at Egerton to give me and my dodgy knees a fighting chance of a quick drink at the Dering Arms at Pluckley Station which I reached at 3.45pm for a £4.80 lager shandy!! I wish I had gone to the Rose and Crown at Mundy Edge which was packed and looks to be doing great business. The Dering Arms was virtually empty and had all the atmosphere of an empty attic. A quick drink and then the 15.57 to Ashford for the HS1 to whisk me back to the East End in 30 minutes. A charming, quiet walk with perhaps a little too much tarmac but nevertheless a lovely day out with SWC regulars.
Sun, 09-Apr-17 20

Sunday walk: Kent's Low Weald - a haunted jaunt

Pluckley Circular
Book 2 walk 21 (with longer options online).
Difficulty 1 out of 10 (I'd say 2 or 3 for the longer versions)
Length 7.2, 9.2 or 11.2 miles (11.5, 14.7, or 18 km)

The land around Pluckley, in Kent's Low Weald, was owned by one family for 900 years. Their distinctive Dering windows and black horse symbol can still be seen on many of the buildings. The "Darling Buds of May” TV series was filmed in the area and the walk passes the original author's house.
After lunch, two optional loops extend the basic walk to a more respectable length.
I'm not going to bore you by banging on about Pluckley’s many ghosts. Perish the thought.
Trains
Get the 09:42 Ashford International train from Victoria (Bromley South 10:00, Orpington 10:07) arriving Pluckley 10:54.
Return trains at xx:37 to Victoria. Get a return to Pluckley.
(Wealthier walkers could take the 9:42 High Speed HS1 to Ashford International from St Pancras and change at Ashford for the Victoria-bound 10:31, arriving Pluckley at 10:37. Returning, take the xx:53 back to Ashford and change. This offers little advantage outwards - unless you want to arrive early - but makes the return journey shorter by 20 mins. If you need to upgrade to return by HS1, do so before boarding.)
Lunch
The Swan Inn in Little Chart is recommended 01233 840 702. They've got a garden by the stream.
A bit later, in Pluckley, there's the Black Horse 01233 841 948. Phoning advised for both.
Tea
For the short walk, you have a choice between the fore-mentioned Black Horse, (which is fine, unless you’ve just had lunch there - maybe put on disguises so they don't realise!) or, later, the Dering Arms, 01233 840 371 opposite the station. It closes at 4.30 on a Sunday so don’t hang about.
Both of the longer options take you past the Rose and Crown at Mundy Bois 01233 840 048. From there, allow 45-50 minutes to the station.
On the longest option you also pass The Barrow House (formerly the George) in Egerton 01233 756 599.
Unless you are a fast walker you are unlikely to reach the Dering Arms before it closes (4:30).
Directions All three walk options are available online. Book 2 itself only offers the shortest one.
T=2.21
Hi all,

I would like to do the longer versions.

Any good map readers can come along please let me know.
Ta

Mike
I remember that when this walk was posted last year no one turned up ?.. well no one visible anyway..
I would turn up if someone would commit to coming... : )
Intend going. This is a lovely walk. The alternative has lunch stop at 9miles. I am not sure if I can last that long.
Anonymous 2: When I last posted this walk (admittedly a Sunday last July), there were 12. I believe that was the last time it was posted. According to the stats page, the average for this walk is 10 (though that would include Saturdays).
Mike: A map always helps but I wouldn't have considered it an essential for this walk. I’ve never had any bother with the written directions and this is hardly the Cairngorms. But different strokes for different folks.
I would like to come on this walk but our printer is broken, can some kind soul print off an extra copy of the directions? I would like to do the longer version of the walk (11.2 miles). Hilary
Have managed to get the "retired" printer to oblige, so now have walk directions for tomorrow, hurrah! Hilary
This is the lion seen from the train near Headcorn http://thebigcatsanctuary.org/
Around 20 for this walk on a lovely hot and sunny spring day. An early hit of bluebells and plentiful pubs. About half did the short walk, the rest of us the full 11 miles.
The majority ate at the Black Swan, and had no trouble being served. Annoyingly, the Dering Arms closes at 4pm and frustratingly wouldn't serve us at 4.05. The consensus seemed to be that it was excellent up until Egerton, but a bit too much road walking.
The Black Swan was an excellent choice for lunch, it is about the half way into the 9.2miles or 11.2 miles walk, good portion, quality cooking and reasonable price plus free nachos and dip courtesy of the pub while we were waiting for our food. What not to like!
Thanks Pete and "Anonymous # 10"
I take it you mean the Black Horse, not the earlier Swan. The Dering Arms website says 4:30 on a Sunday but they obviously can't be relied on. On other visits, I think they've stayed open even later. Hope it didn't detract.
Sun, 03-Jul-16 12

Sunday Walk 1: A Wealden Walk - The Darling Buds of...er...July

Pluckley Circular
Book 2 walk 21 (with more options online).
Difficulty 1 out of 10 (I'd say 2 or 3 for the longer versions)
Length 7.2, 9.2 or 11.2 miles (11.5, 14.7, or 18 km)

Welcome to Pluckley, the Kent village so haunted they banned Halloween. (Needless to say, SWC walkers have no time for such nonsense and the alleged ghosties have left us well alone) (touch wood).
The land here was owned by one family for 900 years and their influence - distinctive Dering windows and the black horse symbol - can still be seen on many of the buildings. The area was the backdrop for “The Darling Buds of May”. The author was a local and the TV series was filmed hereabouts.
Trains
Get the 09:42 Folkstone train from Victoria (Bromley South 09:59, Orpington 10:07) arriving Pluckley 10:53.
Return trains at xx:40 to Victoria. Get a return to Pluckley.
(You can also get the 9:37 Folkestone HS1 from St Pancras changing at Ashford for the Victoria-bound 10:34. The xx:53 takes you back the same way. Neither journey is recommended - you save little time and it costs more – but if you've just missed the xx:40, maybe worth upgrading.)
Lunch
The Swan Inn in Little Chart is recommended 01233 840 702. They've got a garden by the stream.
A bit later, in Pluckley, there's the Black Horse 01233 841 948. (Ghost alert: haunted)
Phoning advised for both.
Tea
St Nicholas' Church, Pluckley (haunted) has been known to offer cream teas on Sunday afternoons 2.30-5pm, though I’ve found no posts for this year.
Otherwise, for the short walk, you have a choice between the fore-mentioned Black Horse (which is fine, unless youve just had lunch there) or, later, the Dering Arms, 01233 840 371 opposite the station. It closes at 4:30 on a Sunday so look lively. It's haunted as well so, whatever you do, don’t ask for spirits. And don’t apologise for being late.
Both of the longer options take you past the Rose and Crown at Mundy Bois 01233 840 048. From there, allow 45-50 minutes to the station. Sadly, the George in Egerton 01233 756 304 seems to have closed. Unless you are a fast walker or being chased by things from another realm, you're unlikely to reach the Dering Arms before it closes.

Directions All three walk options are available online. Book 2 itself only offers the shortest one.
T=2.21
What a Lovely flat walk, where the spirits played with our GPS's & we got nicely lots 3 times, great fun was had by all.
Ended up at a rugby BBQ in local haunted pub, instead of cream tea, we had a proper meat feast.
There was a misfortunate lady at the pub with a biggest pair of gnasters I have ever seen "she could eat an apple through a letter box"
We had to run for the train, a different kind of spirit was involved the 3rd time, losing our way in a huge cornfield.
Not to worry! we all just made it, except! for one lady & one dog. The sun was shinning so not a bad day to
spend an hour at a haunted train station.
All the best.
Terry Wogan xxx
Dear Terry
Thanks. Hope the lady and the dog were OK. Just one thing. How many were you?
p.s dead celebrities don't count. (Don't count... geddit? It's the way I tell 'em.)
Ah! Yes' it the way Miss'es
There was a bakers dozen, including the dog.
I'm sure they were fine, the dog was great at
making friends!
All the best,
Terry

Ps Apon request from himself upstairs, that the great
Beeb was lacking talented DJ's. I have been sent back
down in an advisory role, on the QT of course, to clip some
of these young e jets ear's. Pull up their trousers, tuck in their
shirts and all that!
Mums the word Tiger!
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Sat, 27-Sep-14 16 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 27-Sep-14 Pluckley Circular, extended to Egerton
Sun, 06-Jul-14 0 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 15-Feb-14 2 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 12-Jan-13 9 Pluckley Circular
Sun, 28-Oct-12 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 14-Jul-12 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 14-Jan-12 Pluckley Circular, extended along Greensand Way
Sun, 03-Jul-11 Pluckley Circular, extended to Egerton
Sat, 07-May-11 Pluckley Circular
Wed, 15-Dec-10 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 15-May-10 Pluckley Circular
Sun, 20-Dec-09 Pluckley Circular
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Sun, 26-Oct-08 Pluckley Circular
Sat, 23-Feb-08 Pluckley Circular
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Sun, 04-Feb-07 Pluckley Circular
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