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SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Pollinator Tree in Orchard, Pluckley

SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Sheerland House, Pluckley

SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Autumnal Sideview out of Godinton Park

SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Buxford Fish Pass, Great Stour River, Buxford Mill, Ashford

SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Dering Arms, Pluckley

SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Dering Arms, Pluckley

SWC Walk 152 - Pluckley to Ashford (Greensand Way Stage 10)

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Greensand Way 10 : Pluckley to Ashford walk

Greensand Way Stage 10 - pretty orchards and woods, commons with a bog, Godinton Park, then the Great Stour River into Ashford

Length

16.4 km (10.2 mi) with 152 metres of ascent

25.8 km (16.0 mi) if you continue on the next stage to finish the Greensand Way in Ham Street

Toughness 3 out of 10
Walk Notes

This is the 10th stage of the Greensand Way - from Pluckley to Ashford

The route starts along a link route through pastures to Pluckley village, where you pick up the Greensand Way proper. You then pass through a sequence of orchards to Little Chart and continue through a variety of interesting and pretty landscapes, from pastures, woods, commons and bogs to the very large Godinton Park Estate to Great Chart. The walk finishes with an acceptable urban stretch along another link route into Ashford's centre, following the Stour Valley Walk, largely through parks and along the Great Stour river, to Ashford International station.

Walk Options

You could combine this stage with the next one, and walk all the way to Ham Street to finish the Greensand Way. This avoids a 3.9 km spur each way to/from Ashford Station, but makes it a 26.5 km (16.5 mi) walk.

Travel

Catch a direct train to Pluckley. Buy a day return to Ashford International. Pluckley is 1 stop before Ashford.

Ham Option: Buy a ticket to Ham, which is 1 stop beyond Ashford International.

Eat
  • Dering Arms, at the very start, by Pluckley station.
  • Black Horse, Pluckley, Currently closed. [2.4 km]
  • Swan Inn, TN27 0QB, in Little Chart. [4.5 km]
  • Swan and Dog, in Great Chart, TN23 3AN. By the point where you turn left for Ashford station, or right to continue along the Greensand Way all the way to Ham Street. [12.7 km]
  • Curious Brewery, right by Ashford International station. Curious indeed, the beer and cider making arm of the Chapel Down winery, in a modern industrial building, food and drink served Thu/Fri evening, Sat all day and Sun to 18.00 hours, with views over the brewery hall!
  • On the other side of the station is the Everest Inn (Nepalese restaurant with outside tables) and some takeaways.
Greensand Way

This walk is one of 11 stages of the Greensand Way - a regional long distance path in the Southeast of England

Links
  • Surrey Council have several leaflets of the Surrey (west) part of the route with OS mapping and directions (but not accomodation or public transport information) available from their website
  • Kent Council have an online book with instructions and map extracts of their (east) half of the route. [Dec-20] The route and directions are dated and differ from the ground in places.
  • The original guidebook to the walk is long out of print and hard to get. It did have OS mapping (with the contours removed!). In any case, the route has had many small changes in the meantime.
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Start TN27 0RT Map Directions Return to the start:

Finish TN23 1EZ Map Directions Travel to the start:

Map Walk This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.
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Help

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Dec-20 Andrew

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