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The Greensand Way Section 1 - Ham Street to Ashford

  • Jan 19, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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The Greensand Way is a 110 mile route that follows a sandstone ridge through Surrey and Kent, roughly parallel to the North Downs Way a short distance to the North and the Sussex Border Path to the South. We’ll be starting in deepest Kent at the easternmost end of the High Weald and heading West, taking in Leith Hill and other high points as we come towards the finish in Haslemere. As well as the hills, woods, fields, pubs and villages there are apparently many impressive  country parks and mansions along the way.

This is the second longest of the four routes in the Joined-Up Hiking portfolio, and over the whole distance it’s probably the hilliest.

 

Section 1 – 10.5 miles

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

Please read the Three Golden Rules of Joined Up Hiking.

Are you OK with those? All right, then you may continue...

As we’re in deep midwinter we start with a relatively short 10.5 mile hike with a pub stop for lunch. We’ll be getting a fast train and then a local train almost to the South-East coast to the starting point of the Greensand Way. Most of the walk is flat but the rail fare is quite steep even with a group discount so make sure you can manage the total cost of the day including lunch in the pub.

From the small village railway station we’re very soon up into the Ham Street woods nature reserve. After that it’s mainly farmland until we turn off the Greensand Way and head into Ashford along the meandering Stour. We’ll keep to a good medium fast pace, allowing for the mud, which there is sure to be plenty of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © Copyright David Anstiss

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

Some general recommendations and tips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Photo © Copyright John Baker

 

Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 9:10 and 9:25 at St Pancras Station, by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.

Note: if you have not been to St Pancras before the national rail ticket office is a long, long way inside. Just keep going on ground level until you get to it.

The ticket offices:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will meet around here, opposite the ticket offices:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Ticket: Off-peak day return to return to Ham Street. £33.30 for one adult down to £16.65 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:42 a.m. train from St Pancras International platform 12 to Ashford International platform 6, arriving at 10:20.

Change at Ashford to platform 1 for the 10:33 train to Ham Street, arriving at 10:41 a.m.

If it’s more convenient you could board the train at Stratford International at 9:48 or Ebbsfleet International at 10:00 a.m. You would need to arrange a group of 3 or 4 with others travelling from that station to get the discount.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:40 to 10:50 a.m. at Ham Street railway station.

Part 1: 4.8 miles. Maximum 1 hour 45 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Stop: We’ll have a booking for lunch in a pub and stay an hour or so. The menu is cheap and cheerful (£4 - £9) rather than haute cuisine.

Part 2: 5.7 miles. 2 hours 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Hike: Arrive at Ashford International by 16: 00.

Return Travel: 16:13 to St Pancras International. Journey time 38 minutes.

 

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  • Patricia

    Great as usual, thanks Christopher for not cancelling the hike. The right amount of snow to enjoy the walk. The pub lunch was nice. Looking forward for the next hike

    January 20, 2013

  • Em

    Thanks Chris - great day and looking forward to Section 2!

    January 20, 2013

  • Eleanor W.

    Tip-top! Just the ticket after a week cooped up inside. Thank you, Christopher. Should even thank the trains for no transport chaos whatsoever. Huge amount more snow here in Kent this morning, and still falling!

    January 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great walk, beautiful in the snow! Looking forward to the next segment - well organised, thanks Chris!

    January 20, 2013

  • Christopher

    I enjoyed it a lot. Five stars to everyone who came along for a good winter's hike, especially for coming through the surprise military training episode uncomplainingly.

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Heather

    Really sorry I didn't make it - It is not usual for me to book and not turn up. Sorry.

    January 19, 2013

    • Christopher

      Hi Heather, you didn't sign up for this one in fact, so there was no problem. I hope you can come on one of the next ones.

      January 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So how was today's walk? I suspect you're going to make all us lily-livered wimps feel bad and tell us it all went like clockwork...

      January 19, 2013

  • Eleanor W.

    Will be returning via Maidstone, so not getting a group ticket. Looking forward to this - need to get out!

    January 19, 2013

  • Christopher

    Confirmation - we are going ahead as planned. See you at St Pancras or Ham Street.

    January 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Excellent, see you all at Ham Street

      January 19, 2013

  • Francesc

    Christopher. I am working in Dublin these days and can see it can snow. I am not sure what if I'll be able to fly back to London. What do I do ? Can I let you know tomorrow if I will be able to join ? Francesc

    January 17, 2013

    • Christopher

      Hi Francesc, if you find you cannot make it you just need to change your RSVP to No. Otherwise I'll look forward to seeing you.

      January 18, 2013

    • Francesc

      I am stuck. Sorry. Feel so bad. It has been so long since last time

      January 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I think the weather is not going to be good enough to travel to Ham street - So Im cancelling my RSVP - Hope you have a good walk

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just cancelled my RSPV ;(
    I was really excited to go but it's way too cold for me and I'm also scared it might snow. I'll pass maybe I'll see you guys next time. Fingers crossed for a better weather. And enjoy your hike :))

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Christopher

    Can Amanda and I join this group on Saturday? Please let us know.

    Thanks and regards

    Mark

    January 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have missed but can I still join you next Saturday?

    January 12, 2013

    • Christopher

      Hi Delphine, it's difficult to say as I'm overbooked but I expect cancellations. I'll let you know as soon as I can open it up again.

      January 13, 2013

  • cinzia

    Sunday no ??? :( Christopher let me know about any Sunday walk ...pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!

    December 25, 2012

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