!!! POP UP !!! Sevenoaks Circular

Tue 22nd Mar 2016

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
This is a short-notice "Pop-up" midweek daytime walk - not included in "Strider"
Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
11ml.
Start Time
11.00
Route

A “pop-up” stroll at 3mph; not more than 11 miles in beautiful Kent countryside far from the madding crowd with hills and fine views via Knole Park, Seal Chart, and Ightham Mote; returning via the Greensand Way to Sevenoaks Station by 1600. Bring your own lunch (may be possible to sit at tables outside), or eat in the National Trust café at Ightham Mote; bring National Trust cards if you wish to visit the property briefly

General Notes
Some steep but short ascents and descents; some mud and wet patches in places when walked on 14 March but hopefully drying out fast in this current dry spell. Unlike longer weekend walks, this walk will start at Sevenoaks at 1100 to allow time to cross London after 0930;
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Sevenoaks Circular, Tuesday 22nd March 2016
4 walkers, 11 miles - leader Roderick Smith
Tuesday 22 March 2016. Four members caught trains at 1015 from Charing Cross and Waterloo East and met at Sevenoaks Station. The walk started at 1100 and went uphill to Sevenoaks War Memorial and the Vine Cricket Club (c.1734) before crossing rugby grounds and descending into Knole Park (National Trust and Sackville Family home). Through herds of deer and across the golf course to Godden Wood and on to pass the Bucks Head Inn.
After a short climb near Seal Chart we followed a wooded greensand ridge past St Lawrence Church before plunging off the ridge down to Ightham Mote completing 5 miles in two hours. After a 40-minute lunchbreak at their National Trust cafe we joined the Greensand Way to return to Knole.
There were far-reaching views of 30 miles to the whale-backed South Downs with sparkling warm spring sunshine as well as bluebells in flower and very young lambs to delight the eye. Downhill through Sevenoaks to the station saw us just catch the 1530 train, returning to Charing Cross by 1600. A fine short notice walk on dry ground covering more than 10 miles in 4.5 hours.
Photographs by Adam Dawson

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