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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sunday Second Walk - the Greensand Way in Kent

Extra Walk 151, Sutton Valence to Pluckley
Length: 16.1km (10 miles) Toughness: 3/10

09:45 Dover Priory train from Cannon Street (London Bridge 09:50, Orpington 10:06), arriving Headcorn at 10:46.
Sit near the front of the train (approx. second carriage) and exit the station smartly to catch the 10:50 number 12 bus from the station forecourt for a 10-minute journey to the Kings Head in Sutton Valence. [When I recently caught a bus from Headcorn station, the bus driver waited for the connecting train from London to arrive, so you may make your connection even if the train is slightly late.]

Return trains from Pluckley to Victoria are at xx:11 and xx:41 (journey time 1 hour 26 minutes). The journey time can be cut by 25 minutes by taking a train at xx:20 or xx:50 from Pluckley to Ashford and changing there for a High-Speed train to St Pancras Internatiunal. Buy a return to Ashford if you plan to this, or otherwise a return to Pluckley.

This walk follows a section of the Greensand Way through attractive scenery of orchards and meadows, with a great pub in a pretty village for lunch

The recommended lunchtime pub is the George Inn in Egerton (01233 756304), 7.4 miles into the walk. An earlier option is the Pepper Box Inn in Fairbourne Heath, reached after 3.5 miles. The suggested tea place is the Dering Arms, beside Pluckley station.

You will need to download the Walk Directions.

If you just miss the hourly bus to Sutton Valence and don’t want to hang around or fork out for a taxi, one option would be to do the Staplehurst to Headcorn walk in reverse, stopping for lunch at the Bell & Jorrocks in Frittenden. Take map, compass and directions for SWC Walk 80 if you contemplate doing this.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Dering Arms is closed on Sunday afternoons/evenings so The Black Horse in Pluckley (small diversion, before end of walk) is your only tea option

Chris L said...

The Dering Arms is open until 4:30pm on Sundays, so if you finish the walk early enough you might be in time for tea there.

Anonymous said...

weather looking a bit freaky decided not to do this,, pity

Anonymous said...

did no-one do this walk?