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Saturday, 3 February 2018

A North Downs Combo: Hollingbourne to Charing (1st part in reverse, i.e. map-led)

Length:  26.2 km (16.3 mi) (or 14.5 km to Lenham)
Ascent/Descent:  485/456m
Net Walking Time:  6 hours
Toughness:  7 out of 10 
Take the 09.22 Canterbury West train from  Victoria (Bromley South 09.39), arrives Hollingbourne 10.29.  
Return trains from Charing are on xx.47. Buy a Charing return.

SWC 1 comes in two versions, both short: from Lenham, one leads north to Charing, and the other leads south to Hollingbourne. So why not make a proper walk of it by combining the two? Walk the start of the walk from Hollingbourne to where the two routes split map-led (or read the written directions in reverse) and then pick up the Lenham to Charing write-up where the routes meet.

A large section of the walk is to the north side of the North Downs Way and passes along some little used footpaths, making for a tranquil walk. Its attractions include the pretty hamlet of Stalisfield Green and the historic village of Charing for tea. Shorter Walk: finish at Lenham Station.

Lunch: Blacksmith Arms  in Wormshill (8.3 km/5.2 mi, no food), Ringlestone Inn in Ringlestone (9.7 km/6.0 mi, food), Harrow Inn (Hotel) in Warren Street (17.1 km/10.6 mi, food to 14.00). Tea: Mulberry’s Tea Room and The Oak (which may or may not now be a Costa Coffee).

For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.1.c

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