Join us as we explore the beautiful downs of the Darent Valley in Kent. Starting in the historic village of Otford, our hike will take us along an impressive chalk escarpment with views stretching far over the county, and then across scenic hills covered by woods and pasture.
Otford is a place of great historical significance for it was here that the Kentish people established self rule from mighty King Offa in the 8th century. More recently, it has become host to the world's largest scale model of the solar system, with each of the planets marked across the fields, located as they were on the eve of the new millennium.
We shall take in views from either side of the valley and also pass by the Shoreham Cross, a chalk-figure carved into a hillside. Then we shall finish the day with a stroll through the picturesque village itself.
Meet: Victoria Train Station - 09.50 am (leaving on 10.25 train) - outside Monsoon, marked as 36 on the following map. It is not far from platforms 10 and 11. file:///C:/Users/User/Downloads/4510_Victoria%20Station%20Map.pdf (http://www.networkrail.co.uk/documents/For%20Passengers/Station%20Maps/4510_Victoria%20Station%20Map.pdf)
Price: £26 (includes transport and full-day guided hike). Please pay before the trip using the secure PayPal link (you will be automatically taken to PayPal when you RSVP YES).
Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Hike level: easy to medium (you need to be reasonably fit to participate in this hike)
Estimated return to London: 7PM
Things to bring: hiking boots, waterproof clothing, water, packed lunch to eat at half way, camera (if you would like to take some pictures)