Length: 17.7 km (11.0 mi) [or longer
, see below]
Ascent/Descent: 395 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 09.10 train to Ramsgate from Charing Cross, (09.13 W’loo East, 09.21 LBG), arrives Wye 10.38.
Alternatively, take the 09.09 Margate train from St. Pancras, (09.16 Stratford I’nal), change at Ashford (arr. 09.47, dep. 10.11), arrives Wye 10.17 (or wait in Ashford for above train).
Return trains: xx.21 to Victoria, xx.55 to Charing Cross (shave off 30-60 mins in each case by changing at Ashford onto a High Speed train to St. Pancras).
This is a very nice walk in its normal version that suffers from an uppity gastro-pub that doesn’t really want walkers, definitely doesn’t really want walk-in custom, does want customers to turn up exactly on time and expects customers to settle for a long and drink-fuelled meal. That’s not great a combination for the average SWC-punter. So why not try a slightly different route (longer, you guessed it), that goes past one or two other pubs to check them out for a possible revised route? Check the route map on our webpage here
for an idea.
The description for the normal walk goes like this:
“This walk goes high up on the Crundale Downs (“crun” in Old English meant chalk, and ‘dala’ meant dell or valley), with breathtaking views. The walk comes to an isolated Norman church at Crundale, then on to a 15th century inn for lunch. The walk then passes Crundale House and the manor of Olantigh, crosses the River Great Stour and returns to Wye through its churchyard, for tea at a teashop at the bottom of Church Street or at a pub next to the railway station.”
: The Compasses Inn
(8.8 km, food to 14.30) on the normal version of the walk. You should book a table for 13.00 hours or thereabouts to guarantee you’re not late for the booking.
Else it’s either The Bowl Inn
or The Timber Batts Pub & Forge
For walk directions
, height profile
, and gpx/kml files