Escarpment view

Escarpment view

Sevenoaks Circular walk

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Floppy brown fungi

Floppy brown fungi

Sevenoaks circular

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Deer

Deer

Sevenoaks circular

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Pagan effigy.

Pagan effigy.

Sevenoaks circular

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Horsetail

Horsetail

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King Alfred's cakes

King Alfred's cakes

Sevenoaks circular

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Ightam Mote

Ightam Mote

Sevenoaks circular

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Sevenoaks Circular Walk

Out via the National Trust's Knole Park, House, and Igtham Mote. Back by the Greensand Way along the escarpment of the Kent Downs.

Length

15.4km (9.6 miles)

Toughness 4 out of 10
Features

This is an absolute favourite Sunday outing of mine, passing two National Trust properties (Ightham Mote and Knole House) and traversing gentle countryside on the Greensand Ridge that somehow seems quintessentially English. In early spring it has interesting wildflowers - wood anemones, bluebells and wild garlic - and in the afternoon there is a fine (but gentle) climb up along an escarpment with magnificent views.

Transport

There are always several trains an hour from Charing Cross and Waterloo East to Sevenoaks, but trains are not stopping at London Bridge until mid 2016 due to station upgrade work. You can also reach Sevenoaks on Thameslink services from Blackfriars via Bromley South. Aim to start the walk at 10.30pm to get to The Padwell, Snail or Ightham Mote comfortably in time for lunch.

Lunch

There are early lunch options at the Knole House tea room, and The Bucks Head in Godden Green (3.6km, 2.3 miles into the walk). More centrally placed are The Padwell, a pleasant rural pub, and the more upmarket Snail at Stone Street: these are about 6km, 4 miles into the walk).

Also a good choice is the National Trust-run self service restaurant at Ightham Mote (8km, 5 miles into the walk)

Tea

The National Trust Knole House tea room is recommended once it reopens after its refurbishment (which as of December 2014 was still ongoing). Otherwise, Sevenoaks has several nice cafes.

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Start: TN13 1DP Directions

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

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Jun-17

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