The Greensand Way Section 3 - Lenham to Yalding

  • May 5, 2013 · 8:15 AM
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The journey so far

 

Section 3 – 17 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Yalding Station if you don’t stop for a drink in the pub near the end of the hike.

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This is another long and rewarding day out that includes more than 6 hours of hiking. We follow the ridge due West for 17 miles across great tracts of the Kentish heartland, passing through numerous orchards and a couple of country parks, with as usual a number of impressive mansions and old churches along the way.

After seven miles at our usual fast medium pace we’ll stop in an old village pub for lunch. Then it’s three more hours along the side or on top of the ridge before the final two miles dropping down to the village of Yalding and across two rivers, the Beult and the Medway, with the option of stopping at another pub for refreshment on the way to the station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © Copyright Nigel Chadwick

Some general recommendations and tips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Photo © Copyright Hywel Williams

 

Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 at Victoria Station, by the railway ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.

Note: We are meeting up about an hour earlier than normal in order to fit everything in.

Buy Ticket: A return to Ashford International will cover both the journey out to Lenham and the return back from Paddock Wood. Then a single is required for the short hop from Yalding to Paddock Wood, so:

Off-peak day return from London Victoria to Ashford International – price £26.30 down to £13.15 each in a group of 4.

Anytime single from Yalding to Paddock Wood – price £2.70 down to £1.35 each in a group of 4.

The total rail fare is £29.00 down to £14.50 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 8:45 a.m. train from Victoria Station platform 1 to Lenham, arriving at 10:01.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:00 to 10:05 a.m. at Lenham Station.

Part 1: 7 miles. 2 hours 40 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Stop: We’ll have a booking for lunch in a pub. Alternatively you can eat your own packed lunch nearby and come in for a drink.

Part 2: 10 miles. 3 hours 50 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Hike: Arrive at Yalding railway station by 18:00.

Post Hike Refreshment: For those who wish to reward their hiking efforts there is a pub near the river one mile from the end of the walk. There is also one a bit further on but it has diabolical reviews so I suggest we avoid it.

Return Travel: 18:12 train from Yalding platform 1 to Paddock Wood. Arrive at 18:19.

Change to platform 1 for the 18:29 train to London Victoria. Arrive at 19:25.

For those of us stopping for a drink the train to London via Paddock Wood leaves at 12 minutes past the hour every hour.


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  • Edith

    very well organised, enjoyed it very much

    May 6, 2013

  • Christopher

    I have to agree with everyone - it was great!

    May 5, 2013

  • Louise

    Great hike today, Chris! Stunning scenery and... shock horror... sunshine! Thanks for organising it :)

    May 5, 2013

  • Anna

    Really great day! Beautiful weather, beatiful walk and fantastic company. Thank you! Looking forward to some more fun walks :)

    May 5, 2013

  • Em

    Fantastic day with loads of sunshine, a great pub lunch, spectacular scenery and lots of laughs!! Thanks for brilliantly organising this Chris and looking forward to the next time !!!

    May 5, 2013

  • Leroy G.

    Thank you for a wonderful day Chris and I hope to see you all at the next meetup :-)

    May 5, 2013

  • kay

    First walk with this group and it was great, lovely walk and good company, thank you Chris for organising

    May 5, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Another great day - thanks to everyone!

    May 5, 2013

  • Ash K

    Amazing day , didn't feel like we did 17 miles. Amazing company , thanks Chris!

    May 5, 2013

  • Martin

    A beautiful walk, with good company! Thanks Chris

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful day

    1 · May 5, 2013

  • kay

    Where in vic station ?

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chris, it does not sound like you are going to re-open RSVP? Why not? Wll, have a good hike.

    May 4, 2013

    • Christopher

      Thanks. Many others would have liked to have come too.

      2 · May 5, 2013

  • cinzia

    Chrissss
    sorry i realized later this monday i have my race at windsor 10k ...then 17miles plus 10k /5miles ...could be a marathon ...no thx i already done my shine marathon last year too much ahahahah .....

    c u soon absolutely 26th may

    May 5, 2013

  • Faith A.

    Sorry to drop out at the last minute but I cant make it now.

    May 4, 2013

  • Caroline

    Very sorry to drop out at last minute but afraid am not going to make it after all. Hope you have a great day

    May 4, 2013

  • Christopher

    Thanks to some fantastic research by Eleanor I am pleased to announce that the total return rail fare from Victoria in groups of 4 has come down from £18.25 to £14.50. I have updated the event details with the new train ticket information.

    See you tomorrow at Victoria or Lenham at the stated time. My phone number in case of any difficulty is[masked]

    May 4, 2013

  • Venkat V.

    Sorry guys, I have to go Edinburgh

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all. I didn't realise I had RSVP'd, as I'd already commented to say I couldn't make it as I'd be in Cornwall. I hope that someone else enjoys the walk.

    Mark

    April 30, 2013

    • Edith

      you do not need to comment if you do not go !!!

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    happy to give my spot to someone else...

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    'RSVPs close: Apr 29, 9:45 PM'
    Is it still possible to come?

    April 29, 2013

    • Christopher

      If I open it up again I'll let you know, but it will only be if it drops down to 30. Welcome to the group anyway!

      April 30, 2013

  • Steve

    Would love to come but can't make it this weekend

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to come, but I'll be down in Cornwall

    Here's what the walking looks like down there! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXRxXc0KmIU&feature=youtu.be

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 more

    April 25, 2013

  • Eleanor W.

    Hello Christopher, I will rendezvous at Lenham.

    April 11, 2013

  • Ash K

    hopefully will make it!

    April 7, 2013

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