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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sunday Second Walk: Kentish fields and woods

Book 1 Walk 50 Yalding to Borough Green
Length: 16.8km (10.3 miles) Toughness: 3/10

09:42 Folkestone Central train from Victoria, changing at Tonbridge (arr 10:23; dep 10:34) arriving at Yalding at 10:49.

Return trains from Borough Green to Victoria are at xx:36 (journey time 45 minutes). Buy an off-peak day return to Yalding.

Starting from the River Medway, the route follows the Greensand Way to Mereworth for lunch, and then goes through Mereworth Woods, where a little mud may be encountered, before heading north to Borough Green.

The original lunch pub in Mereworth has closed so the recommended lunch stop is now The Moody Mare (01622 813038) (formerly the Beeches Country Pub), which involves a slight detour that is described in the walk directions. A table for 6 has been reserved for 12:30 in the name of the SWC. Please ring the pub as you set out to confirm the booking.

You will need to download the Walk Directions.


Anonymous said...

Last time I did this walk, the group diverted to the pub in West Peckham, which was very good

Chris L said...

Yes, you can divert to The Swan in Wast Peckham, but if the group decides to do this, can you please phone The Moody Mare as soon as possible to cancel the SWC booking, to avoid our club getting a bad reputation as no-shows?

Anonymous said...

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3 gathered on the platform at Tonbridge to catch the connection to Yalding. Unfortunately, the Strood train had broken down. We kept the station cat company for 20 minutes. We couldn't see any other walkers and, finding it would be a further 30 before the next train, we decided to cancel the pub booking and head off on the Tonbridge to Penshurst walk instead, following the GPS route.

A little wild garlic was picked in the morning and an local eggs of different types were bought from the smallholding by the Porcupine Pantry.

Two went to the Leicester Arms in Penshurst and had a good roast lunch. I found a bench in the churchyard and ate my sandwich in the sun, watching as the churchyard and Leicester Square were transformed into a 16 century setting for the new William Shakespeare film "Will"

After lunch, we took the longer loop to Chiddingstone, and through the Castle gardens to the Tulip Tree cafe.

Then on past skylarks singing and lots of lambs in the fields to Penshurst station where we caught the 17.02.

All in all, a very pleasant walk with signs of spring all round.