An easy ridge walk in the Kent apple orchards, with fine views throughout
SWC 150: Yalding to Sutton Vallance
Length: 15.1 km (9,4 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10
London Charing Cross
am (Ramsgate train). (Waterloo East 10-13; London Bridge 10-19)
Arrive Paddock Wood 11-00 am
Change to Strood train (same platform)
Leave Paddock Wood 11-11 am
: 11-19 am OR
Charing Cross: 10-00 am (Royal Tunbridge Wells service) Change at Tonbridge, over bridge and onto Strood train. Plenty of connection time. AVOID
Charing Cross: 10-15 am (Hastings service) as the connection at Tonbridge is only 5 minutes. Return
No 12 Bus
from Sutton Vallance
: 16-16; 16-39; 17-16; 18-16. Journey time 10 to 11. mins. OR
Club together for a taxi to Headcorn (see Directions for cab number) Headcorn railway station
; to Charing Cross: 16-45; 17-18; 17-45; 18-16 Railway ticket:
buy a day return to Yalding, plus a single from Headcorn to Paddock Wood.
This is one of the few walks in the SWC repertoir that I haven't tried yet, so I will keep this next bit to a minimum - as you can do what I'm currently doing - reading the Directions.
The walk is entirely on the Greensand Way as you pass through a number of apple orchards and up onto the Greensand Ridge.
Lunch pub, the Bull Inn,
some 5.5 miles into the walk, in the village of Linton, is sited on the edge of an escarpment and has a garden and terrace with fine views.
Tea can be taken at one of three pubs in Sutton Vallance, including the Clothworkers Arms
, or at a pub in Headcorn - all detailed in the Directions.
There's a bit of faffing about with buses (or taxis) at walk end to get to the return journey railway station, but I am assured it is worth it for what should be an enjoyable walk which is not too demanding. Let's hope for nice weather.
Walk Directions here
Next Week: Wednesday 28 September: SWC 216: Kelvedon Circular. An adventure in Essex.