We were supposed to do this hike on the 3rd of March but severe rail problems saw us unceremoniously dumped in Tonbridge, so we hiked there instead. We are going to attempt this hike again and trains willing it will all go smoothly this time :)
This is an 11.2 mile walk (18km) which is mostly flat with a few mild but muddy climbs making this walk 6/10. Please ensure you are able to walk at a reasonable pace over this sort of distance. This walk is a little longer than the previous walks we've done so if you've struggled on those then this walk may not be for you.
This walk is likely to be pretty muddy in places and trainers aren't likely to be adequate.
This walk takes us on a large loop through some beautiful Kent countryside. We start by making our way across some beautiful open ground to the wonderfully named village of Pratt's Bottom.
From there we'll be hoping from farm to farm across some stunning agricultural landscapes before descending on the village of Downe where we'll stop for lunch. We'll have a choice of two very hiking friendly pubs for our lunch stop. One will even provide us with freshly laundered slippers while we warm out boots by the fire!
After lunch we'll head towards Cudham passing Charles Darwin's home (Downe House) along the way. Cudham has a beautiful flint stone church which is home to some very friendly sheep too.
The remainder of the walk sees us traversing some hilly agricultural and wooded landscapes on our return to Knockholt
We'll be meeting at Charring Cross train station outside Burger King in front of platform 1 at 9:00 and leaving the meeting point at 09:10 to board the 09:15 train.
- At least one litre of water (preferably two)
- A packed lunch
- Some snacks
- Money for refreshments before / after the walk.
- Walking Boots
- We should be finished well before dark but a torch may be a good idea
- A Smile
The cost will be £9 which includes train fares and an all day guided hike.
By RSVP'ing for this walk I agree to the terms and conditions listed at the following link http://www.meetup.com/All-Seasons-Hiking/pages/Terms_and_Conditions/