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The Greensand Way Section 4 - Yalding to Sevenoaks

  • May 26, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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The journey so far

 

Section 4 – 13.5 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Sevenoaks Station at the end of the hike.

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This is a bit shorter than the previous two hikes on the Greensand Way but distinctly hillier and with plenty of interesting features along the way. We come up out of the Medway valley in the morning to the isolated St Michael’s Church and then over gentle slopes to the Bourne valley and a fine country pub for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © Copyright David Anstiss

After this we strike though woods and pastures to St Giles’ Church at Shipbourne and on to Ightham Mote. I’m not sure if the 13th century manor house itself will be visible from the path but some of the cottages should be, as seen below. At this point there is a stiff ascent up onto the ridge, rewarded by some fine views as we walk along it, and a descent into Sevenoaks through Knole deer park.

There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.

Some general recommendations and tips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Photo © Copyright Stephen Nunney

 

Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 9:00 and 9:20 at Charing Cross 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.

Buy Ticket: Off-peak day return to Yalding. The price is £17.80 down to £8.90 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:38 a.m. train from Charing Cross Station platform 5 to Tonbridge, arriving at 10:22.

Change to platform 5 for the 10:32 train to Yalding, arriving at 10:47.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:50 to 10:55 a.m. at Yalding Station.

Part 1: 6 miles. 2 hours 25 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Stop: We’ll have a booking for lunch in a pub. Sunday roast and other options are available, including vegetarian. Alternatively you can eat your own packed lunch nearby and come in for a drink.

Part 2: 7.5 miles. 3 hours 10 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Hike: Arrive at Sevenoaks railway station by 17:50.

Post Hike Refreshment: For those who wish to reward their hiking efforts there are a few pubs in Sevenoaks on the way to the station.

Return Travel: 18:03 train from Sevenoaks platform 1 to Charing Cross. Journey time 34 minutes.

For those of us stopping for a drink there are frequent fast trains into Charing Cross at 3, 33 and 49 minutes past the hour.


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  • Christopher

    Hi, this is priority notification that the next section of the Greensand Way is now open for RSVPs.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Christopher

    Great to have 10 sets of brilliant photographs which give a complete picture of the day. And I think that's not all.

    May 29, 2013

  • cinzia

    except MY BEEF :(

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • cinzia

    Fab......can t wait 4 the next 1 !!!! c u soon Chris !!

    May 27, 2013

  • Patricia

    Another top 5 hike. Thanks Christopher for organising it. People and weather were superb. Can't wait for the next one. And yes, went out for a few pint afterwards =D

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Darek

    Thanks Chris & All!!!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a truly beautiful walk and a great group - and thanks for the great photos!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Simon G.

    Beautiful views, very picturesque. Traditional English houses and villages. Lovely fields with animals.

    May 26, 2013

  • Anna

    Gorgeous day out! Beautiful weather, lovely walk and fantastic company. Thank you!

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A beautiful walk, great company, fine weather and great organisation - thanks Chris!

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Wanda

    Top of the tops and Christopher rocked

    2 · May 26, 2013

  • Shirley

    I must say I am really annoyed had to cancelled yesterday to join you guys today due to my cold and i didnt want to take a risk as i dont how i was gonna feel this morning. Looks like a very nice hike with the weather and lovely weather!

    May 26, 2013

  • Patricia

    Really nice folks

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Ash K

    Another 5 starrer ! Great walk and great company ! Thanks Chris

    2 · May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great walk. Lovely views, great company. Thanks Chris

    2 · May 26, 2013

  • Igor

    Hi all . Sorry for missing this meet up , cos of District Line signal failure . Hope you will have great time . See you next time

    May 26, 2013

  • Christopher

    Hi all, it looks like good weather for tomorrow, similar to today. See you at Charing Cross or Yalding. My phone number in case you need it is[masked]

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Barbara

    Apologies I feel I am coming down with flu and feel its better to pull out now than wait until last minute.

    May 24, 2013

  • Patricia

    Christopher, do U know the pub has a garden? I don't mind Sunday roast but I'd like to eat outside for a bit of sunshine.

    1 · May 22, 2013

    • cinzia

      Pat don t drink 2 much :)

      2 · May 23, 2013

    • Patricia

      need something to help me to swallow my roast

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just seen this Christopher, and would like to join with +1 if you'd be willing to add two please?

    May 20, 2013

    • Christopher

      I'm sorry A but even allowing for cancellations there will be as many as I can manage.

      May 20, 2013

  • Patricia

    Sevenoaks has some beautiful scenery, looking forward to seeing it up close for a change, instead of wizzing past it in a car.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - Can i meet you at yalding station? I have been walking the gw myself as i missed the earlier walks but i have now reached yalding and can make this date :-)

    May 15, 2013

    • Christopher

      Yes of course. See you there and we can compare notes on the earlier sections.

      May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to come, but can't as will be on holiday

    May 15, 2013

  • Tinuke Circusmum B.

    Dropping out guys! Would have been lovely to meet you all but my fitness levels are not up to it yet!

    May 7, 2013

  • Kevin

    Alas away in Exmoor

    May 6, 2013

  • cinzia

    for sure i m coming

    May 5, 2013

  • Ricky

    hi. is the meeting point victoria or charing cross station?

    April 29, 2013

    • Christopher

      Thanks for pointing out the discrepancy. It is Charing Cross - I've updated it now to be consistent. Strangely the same journey on May 5th is from and to Victoria but for this hike on May 26th it is Charing Cross.

      April 29, 2013

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