New Walk – Wateringbury Circular
Length: 13 km (8.1 miles), with optional 3 km extension. Toughness: 2/10 10:40
Dover train from Charing Cross
(Waterloo East 10:43, London Bridge 10:49, Orpington 11:06, etc), changing at Paddock Wood
(arr 11:32, dep 11:40) and arriving Wateringbury
. Buy a return to Wateringbury
Trains back from Wateringbury are hourly at xx:08 and go to Tonbridge, where you change for stations to Charing Cross. You could also travel via Maidstone at xx:51 and change at Strood for a High Speed train to St Pancras, but you'd need to pay a supplement for this.
As you'll be losing an hour's sleep with the clock change it seems considerate to pick a leisurely walk with a short morning section, allowing for a late start. The first half-hour of this new Medway Valley walk will be familiar to the large group who turned out for the Yalding Circular walk on New Years Day, but there's only a little overlap after that, with a different lunch pub and tea places.
You should reach the Good Intent
in Farleigh Green by 1pm, with the Bull Inn
about 25 minutes later as an alternative lunch stop. As it's Mothers Day, however, I suggest packing some emergency provisions in case they're overwhelmed with family groups. There shouldn't be any problem getting tea'n'cake at the Ramblers Rest Café
, but give them a call if you think you might get there after 4pm as they'll usually stay open for walking groups.
The café is close to Wateringbury station, but if you've got the energy for another 40-50 minutes of walking you could try one of the walk's two short extensions. One is a loop back to Wateringbury, the other carries on alongside the river to the next station (Yalding; trains at xx:12).
You'll need to bring the written directions (no GPX file) from this temporary Wateringbury Circular
walk page. T=swc.336