WC2N 6RQ , London
# £28 including train travel from London Charing Cross Railway Station#
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
Photos - All photos were taken by an Outdooraholics hike leader on previous trips so are the actual views that you will see from the route that you'll be hiking
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 8:30am in front of Charing Cross ticket office and wait here. We'll leave here at 8:55am to catch the 9:10am train
Click here for a map of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/LSPsU
Planned return time to London of 5:07pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)
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<):
The trip is £28.00 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the departure station listed above.
What to Bring
• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking 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 and Terms and Conditions
This walk is led by a trained hike leader (most of our hike leaders are Mountain Leader trained as a minimum) 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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