Length: 19.8 km (12.3 mi)
Ascent/Descent: approx. 360m; Net Walking Time: 5 hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Take the 10.00 Sevenoaks train from St. Pancras I’nal (10.05 Farringdon, 10.12 Blackfriars, 10.16 Elephant & Castle and all stations via Bromley South), arrives Shoreham (Kent) 11.04.
From Victoria: take the 10.22 Canterbury West train and change at Bromley South (10.38/10.44).
Return trains are on xx.10 and on xx.40.
New walk covering the familiar area of the Darent Valley between Eynsford and Otford: two loops centred on Shoreham, with plenty of options to shorten the walk, and even one to lengthen it (a wee bit).
“The northern loop initially follows the route of Book 1 Walk 23
(Otford to Eynsford) and takes a similar route through Lullingstone Park
, an attractive landscape of chalk grassland and ancient woodland with an internationally important collection of veteran trees. It comes out by Lullingstone Castle
, a historic manor house with limited opening hours, but its grounds contain an unusual parish church (open to the public at all times) and a World Garden
. The route back to Shoreham is along the Darent Valley Path
and passes extensive lavender
fields at Castle Farm
, while in Shoreham itself The Mount Vineyard
is sometimes open for tastings.
The southern loop goes through a couple of small nature reserves on the hillside to the south-east of Shoreham and joins the route of Extra Walk 59
(Eynsford Circular) into and through the village of Otford
, passing its scale model of the Solar System
. The village has many interesting old buildings and the full route takes you past the ruins of Otford Palace
, a rival to Hampton Court in Tudor times. The remainder of this loop follows the ‘longer afternoon’ route of Walk 59 along the wooded hills on the western side of the valley.”
: There are four pubs in Shoreham, passed after 9–10 km: the Crown
and the Two Brewers
on the High Street, followed by the Kings Arms
and Ye Olde George Inn
on Church Street.
Pubs as above plus - en route back to Shoreham - the Otford Tea Rooms
at the back of the Hospices of Hope
(open to 17.00) and the Pond View Café
(open to 16.30). There are also two pubs on the High Street in Otford.
, height profile, walk directions
and gpx/kml files
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