The Country Houses, Deer Parks and Ancient Trails of Kent 18km DAY HIKE

Outdooraholics London - Hiking, Adventure Travel - 25 to 40s
Outdooraholics London - Hiking, Adventure Travel - 25 to 40s
Public group

Victoria Station

Victoria Station, Victoria, London SW1E 5ND, UK · London

How to find us

Corina will be at the meeting point detailed in the section "Transport and Meeting Point" below. In case of difficulties locating her you can call her on 07591945281 (texts cannot be replied to)

Location image of event venue

Details

HIKE FULL but we have an additional date below:
https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/events/264182331/

Treat yourself with a magnificent day to explore the deep woods, rolling parkland and picturesque fields of Kent. This diverse and absolutely stunning hike takes us on a journey via Knole House, Knole Deer Park and Ightham Mote. Don’t miss out the opportunity to see the elegant deer.

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.

Trip Highlights:

• Hike along a stunning stretch of the Greensands Way - much of which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

• Explore the magnificent 1000 acre Knole Deer Park

• See the stunning Knole House - one of England's largest houses boasting 365 rooms, 52 staircases, 12 entrances and 7 courtyards

• Pass through Ightham Mote - Grade I listed medieval moated manor house dating from circa 1340AD

Photos - All photos were taken by Outdooraholics

Hike Description

Our hike takes us through the 1000 acre Knole Deer Park which is home to over 350 strong deer herd 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 its history going back to 1486. Being surrounded by the glorious 1000 acre Knole Deer Park completes its picturesque setting.

We 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 Victoria station at 9:15am and leave the meeting point at 9:30am for the 9:45am train. Please make sure to arrive on time as the group cannot wait for anyone who is late.

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Nero Express (no 29) - both of which can be seen on the map here of our meeting point: http://goo.gl/4xjSAf

Planned arrival time back into London of 5:55pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then)

Food

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

Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 11 miles (18km)
Grading: Intermediate - fairly gentle and mainly flat with a couple of hills
Hiking time: About 4 to 4.5 hours of actual hiking

Cost and Payment

The trip is £28 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event. To join us please RSVP Yes and you will be automatically redirected to PayPal.

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable but we have a process to release your space for resale to another member. Please follow the instructions in our FAQ page (https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/6368852/FAQ/) and email us with your PayPal “invoice ID” immediately after you change your RSVP to “NO”. If you do not email us at the time of changing your RSVP OR if your space does not sell, you will not be eligible for a refund.

What to Bring

• Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear (ideally hiking boots). Waterproof jacket, trousers and footwear are recommended

• Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)

• Packed lunch/picnic

• Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike

• 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

This hike is led by a trained hike leader - most of our guides are Mountain Leader trained (www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider. Outdoor activities involve a risk of personal injury. Please come with hiking footwear and suitable hiking clothes such as warm clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers in case of rain:
https://www.londonhiking.co.uk/Equipment.pdf

Terms and Conditions

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https://www.meetup.com/Outdooraholics/pages/3458542/TermsConditions/

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