Sandling to Wye
SWC Walk 24
20.5 km (12.8 miles)
A lovely walk following one of the best sections of the North Downs Way with fine views nearly all the way. Trains.
It is cheapest to travel from Charing Cross
on the 9:10
Ramsgate train (Waterloo East, 9:13) changing at Ashford for the 10:35 to Dover Priory (platform 5). This gets you to Sandling for 10:46.
For a quicker journey, take the 9:37
Ramsgate High Speed from St Pancras
(Stratford International 9:44) and change at Ashford International for the same 10:35 Dover Priory train. High speed costs about £5 more on a return. Railcard savings still apply, but not London zone reductions.
Sandling and Wye are on different Southeastern lines out of Ashford. A return to Sandling, the dearer option, is suggested. In practice this should be accepted to return from Wye but be prepared to pay the difference to Ashford if not.
Return from Wye at xx:57 and xx:21.
The xx:57 will take you direct to Charing Cross in 1hr:37
The xx:21 will take you direct to Victoria in 2 hr.
Or change from either at Ashford for the High Speed to St Pancras (total journey time 1 hr). Lunch
The Tiger Inn
(01303 862130) in Stowting is a charming and friendly pub 9.2km (5.7 miles) into the walk. Open all day from noon.
Alternatively 2.2km (1.4 miles) further up the road you have the Five Bells Inn
(01303 813334 in Brabourne. (This requires a detour, adding 800 metres (0.5 miles) to the walk length) Tea
The Tickled Trout
(01233 812227) with a riverside garden just across the bridge from Wye station, is a popular pub stop.
The Devil’s Kneading Trough restaurant and the Latte e Miele (both mentioned in the notes) have closed. Directions here
There have been difficulties reported with the alternative route offered at point 57 (see comments
). You now have to keep to the NDW at that point. This is covered in the directions.