Extra Walk 320 – Yalding Circular
Length: 12.5 km (7.8 miles). Toughness: 2/10 09:40
Folkestone train from Charing Cross
(Waterloo East 09:43, London Bridge 09:49, Orpington 10:06, etc), changing at Paddock Wood
(arr 10:32, dep 10:40) and arriving Yalding
. Buy a return to Yalding
Trains back from Yalding are hourly at xx:12 and go to Tonbridge. Change there for stations to Charing Cross. Late Risers
: Take the train an hour later and go one stop past Yalding to Wateringbury
, arriving at 11:51
. Go out to the road, over the level crossing and immediately turn left onto the riverside path (do not cross Bow Bridge); this is ¶7 in the walk directions. You'll only be 15-20 minutes behind the main group. You ought to have a return to Wateringbury for this, but it's only 10p more than Yalding.
This short and easy new walk looks well-suited to a New Year's Day outing, especially if one or two are generous enough to bring along a bottle of fizz; you'll reach a large picnic area at midday which looks like an ideal spot to inaugurate another year's walking. A little further on the Tickled Trout
* is a highly-rated pub with excellent food: the mains aren't cheap but they also do a good range of small plates and sandwiches. Sadly, one of the walk's star features (Teapot Island
) is closed over the holiday period, but the walk notes list two or three pubs nearby for some post-walk refreshment.
* I've reserved space in the TT's bar area for "10-12 SWC walkers", arriving at around 12:30-45. They didn't seem fussed about exact numbers or times but it would be courteous if someone called them from the station to confirm (01622-814717).
You'll need to print the directions from the Yalding Circular walk