Latest Walk Report 13th April 2024

Knockholt Circular - Saturday 13th April 2024

14 walkers, 20 miles - leader Barry Eade

It was good to see 13 brave souls in attendance. With me making 14  - not that I am superstitious. After a brief talk we headed off on time from Knockholt station toward Broke Hill Golf course which is a good name for an abandoned golf course. Keeping to footpaths as much as possible before stopping at St Katharine’s Church for a short breakfast and comfort stop. It was then back into the wilds where we saw plenty of bluebells, but luckily not too much mud.

We circumnavigated Cherry Lodge Golf Club. Before a short picnic lunch where we had the pleasure to see three deer stumble upon us, no time for Gavin to get his trusty camera out before they hastily departed.

Following the perimeter fence of Biggin Hill airport with Downe Golf Course on our right we continued with John making a brief stop to clear the path of overhanging branches.

Passing the Wilberforce oak at Keston Ponds before a well-deserved ice cream / tea stop at the ice cream van. Where we sat looking out over the ponds. We continued passing another Golf Course High Elms before arriving at Orpington train station where three of the group left us. It was then a 2 mile stretch of pavement through Orpington.

Towards the end of the walk, we had to pass through a couple of fields at Hewitts Farm with horses in who were very interested in what we were up to the point of being nosy. The last golf course we passed was Chelsfield Lakes before returning to Knockholt train station.

Photos by Barry Eade, Gavin Fuller and Jim Robinson