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Ye Olde George Inn, Shoreham

22-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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Pickmoss, Otford

27-Dec-16 • Sean O'Neill

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River Darent from Shoreham Bridge

02-Jan-17 • Sean O'Neill

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Water House, Shoreham

05-Jan-17 • Sean O'Neill

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Riverdale Cottages, Shoreham

05-Jan-17 • Sean O'Neill

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River Darent in Shoreham

13-Mar-17 • Sean O'Neill

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War Memorial, Shoreham

13-Mar-17 • Sean O'Neill

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Shoreham Circular (Figure-of-8) walk

The steep-sided hills above an attractive village in the Darent valley.

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
Wed, 26-Jul-17 9

Wednesday Walk - Shoreham (Kent) Figure of 8 [New Walk]

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.”
Lunch: 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.
Tea: 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.
For summary, map, height profile, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here.
T=swc.289 Next Week: A Brockenhurst walk
Weather fore cast doe not look promising tomorrow. Will anyone do the walk even it is raining?
Yes. People will turn up. There may well be some rain fir a while, which will make us appreciate the sun more when it emerges, and emerge it will. Often. Take a mack.
I ll be doing it
8 walkers off the train, and 1 other an hour behind due to some problems with a connecting train, i.e. 9 in drizzle to lunch then overcast and gloomy conditions.
Nearly having struggled to get out of the station, never mind the proverbial car park, a good pace was had, spurred on by the annoying drizzle. This restricted views from the many ridges and viewpoints en route, but the morning loop through Shoreham and up through Lullingstone and Preston Hill Country Park was full of delights nevertheless: varied woods, large wildflower meadows throughout the Country Park, Lullingstone Castle and parish church, the Darent River Path, several lavender fields and a hop one as well.
The group somehow lost their leader early on, who in the drizzle wasn't in the mood for waiting, so arrived much earlier at lunch in Shoreham. The Crown provided steady quality (although we later thought that maybe the Two Brewers would've been the better choice).
The afternoon is somewhat less interesting, with Fackenham Down, Otford Palace and Polhill Bank the highlights. Drinks at The Kings Arms for some, 17.10 train for the majority (so they thought, but the train was cancelled).
Sun, 05-Mar-17 3

Sunday Walk – New Walk in the Darent Valley

New Walk – Shoreham Figure-of-8
Length: 15½ km (9.6 miles). Toughness: 5/10

09:42 Sevenoaks train from Blackfriars, calling at lots of stations in south London and arriving Shoreham at 10:34. Make sure that you buy a ticket to Shoreham (Kent), not the much more expensive Shoreham-by-Sea.

Trains back are half-hourly, at 09 & 39 minutes past. Note that there are no Southeastern services to/from Victoria this Sunday, but you might be able to change at Bromley South for a fast train to Cannon Street.

With the long-running disruption to Southern train services the Darent valley (in Southeastern's territory) has become a popular area for walk posters, so my apologies for inflicting yet another one on Sunday walkers. This misleadingly-named “New Walk” is really a few new bits tacked onto some more familiar stretches, so I hope it won't seem too stale.

On Sunday I suggest doing the Alternative Walk (option a) and saving the longer Main Walk for a summer outing, but of course everyone can choose for themselves. However, the two halves are done in a different order so a splinter group might not meet up with the main group again (especially as Shoreham offers a choice of four pubs for lunch). If you have a favourite hostelry you might want to book a table there when you set off, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't squeeze in somewhere. As it's the first Sunday of the month the Honeypot Tea Rooms should be open (you can check this on your first loop through the village), but if not the same pubs should be able to refresh you for the journey home.

You'll need to print the walk directions from this temporary New Walk page. Clicking 'a. Alternative Walk' under Walk Options will hide a lot of unnecessary directions as well as ensuring that you set off in the right direction. T=swc.289.a
Thank you, very nice walk, enjoyed it this weekend. Just a little correction, the start of the paragraph 1 (quoted below)leads towards Otford rather than to Shoreham high street. I think it stayed from the original walk.
"From the station forecourt go down a flight of steps near the footbridge and turn right onto Station Road, passing under the railway bridge. Shortly after passing the entrance to Darenth Valley Golf Club you join the Darent Valley Path1 (DVP), which comes in from a footpath on the left."
This comment is for doing the full walk from instruction #1. The alternative walk start from #6. I think the above comment does not apply.
3, sunshine all day. Three walkers ignored heavy rain forecast and were reawarded with sunshine all day (except a brief downpour while we were in the pub for lunch). Waterproof were off, sunglasses and sun creams were on. Lunch at George Inn with Sunday roast, a visit to the Hob farm, tea in RAF tearoom in Shoreham. A great day out in good company. Does the weatherman ever lose his job when he gets the forecast wrong?....