The Country Houses, Deer Parks and Ancient Trails of Kent

  • February 23, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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# £20 including train tickets from London Charing Cross

We'll be going through the woods, parklands and fields of Kent for a diverse and stunning walk via Knole House, Knole Deer Park and Ightham Mote. On every walk here we've seen deer and at times very close too.

Come and see for yourself why the beauty of this area attracted the Beatles to film promotional videos for "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" here


 

Walk Description

Our walk will take us through the 1000 acre Knole Deer Park which is home to over 800 deer and whose picturesque landscape attracted the Beatles to film promotional videos for "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever". The videos went on to be selected by New York's MoMA as two of the most influential music videos of the late 1960s

Knole House is one of England's largest houses boasting 365 rooms and 52 staircases and has remained surprisingly unchanged during it's history going back to 1486. Being surrounded by the glorious 1000 acre Knole Deer Park completes it's picturesque setting.

We shall also pass Ightham Mote, a largely original moated medieval manor house dating back to 1320 and described by David Starkey as 'one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses'. It also has an extensive history encompassing ownership from medieval knights to courtiers to Henry VIII.

 

Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at 10:00am in front of Charing Cross ticket office and wait here. We'll leave here at 10:15am to catch the 10:25am train

Click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/LSPsU

Anticipated return time to Charing Cross of 6:18pm. Please consider yourself committed for the day until then.

 

Food

We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.

 

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 11 miles (17 km)
Grading: Beginner/Intermediate >click here for details<
Difficulty: 6 out of 10 (fairly gentle and mainly flat with a couple of hills)
Walking time: About 4 to 4.5 hours of actual walking
Pace: Medium/brisk. Not am amble but not a race

Elevation plot of actual hike: (>click here for larger version<):

Cost

The walk will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Charing Cross

 

What to Bring

• Appropriate walking clothes and footwear (ideally hiking boots, could be muddy in places) - for more info please click here

• Water (at least 1 litre)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk

• That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day :-)

 

Safety

Your safety is paramount to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

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  • Amy

    Fantastic day - great company, beautiful walk, saw some deer and wonderfully well organised. See you for the next one soon!

    February 25, 2014

  • Dave

    Great fun as always. Lovely group with a nice mix of new & familiar faces. Thanks Graham & everyone! Am looking forward to the next one :)

    1 · February 23, 2014

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