Edenbridge to Tonbridge

Sat 31st Mar 2018

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Region
Southern England
Local Group
London
Distance
18ml.
Start Time
09.46
Route
Meet Edenbridge Station 09:46 (London Bridge 09:08, East Croydon 09:23). Return from Tonbridge station

Ascending from the Eden Valley and passing through lovely Kent countryside with aspiring views we undulate our way up Crockenhill, Mariner's Hill Chartwell Toy Hill and Ide Hill (lunch 9 miles). After lunch we descend to the Medway Valley past Bough Beech Reservoir and Leigh (refreshment stop 15 miles)

General Notes
There is a good Community cafe/shop and picnic areas at Ide Hill. The Fleur de Lys PH is the refreshment stop in Leigh
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Walk Report

Edenbridge to Tonbridge, Saturday 31st March 2018
6 walkers, 18 miles - leader Keith Lane
4 mudlarks triumphed over the confusion and travel disruption to start at Edenbridge Town Station. 2 potential mudlarks didn't manage to overcome the difficulties. The 4 mudlarks waded through mud and standing water to climb Up Crockenham Hill and followed the mud to Mariners Hill, Chartwell and undulated their way to French Street and on to Toys Hill At Ide Hill (the lunch stop in the middle of the planned walk) there were 2 more mudlarks awaiting them. Now there were 6 mudlarks but not for long as one decided to cut short the walk and follow the Greensand Way to Sevenoaks. Now there were 5 mudlarks descending through the mud to the Medway Valley. 4 of the mudlarks reached Tonbridge Station just in time to miss the 17:19 to Victoria. Two mudlarks decided to head for the Wetherspoons to meet up with the sole mudlark who had gone there directly. Now there were 3 mudlarks. 1 mudlark stayed in the Wetherspoons and the 2 remaining mudlarks caught the 18:19 train to Victoria to get home and start the cleaning up operation. Surprisingly, the 4 then 6 then 5 then 3 then 2 mudlarks endured the mud, water-logging, confusion, travel disturbance and, some heavy rain with remarkable good humour and forbearance and even seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Photograph by Keith Lane

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