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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Midweek Day Walk - Sevenoaks circular

Sevenoaks Circular

Out via the National Trust's Knole Park, House, and Igtham Mote. Back by the Greensand Way along the escarpment of the Kent Downs.

Book 3* Walk 21      *online only

Length :  15½ km or 9½ miles

Toughness :  4 out of 10

Getting there :  Catch the 10:33 am Tunbridge Wells train from London Cannon Street to alight at Sevenoaks.
Calling stations

  1. London Bridge (departs 10:37)
  2. New Cross (departs 10:43)
  3. Orpington (departs 10:56)

Meeting point :  Sevenoaks Station at 11:05

Tickets :  Buy a cheap day return to Sevenoaks

Brief Description

This is a fairly leasurely stroll not so far from London with great views from the escarpment during the afternoon section.
You may find full details of the walk  here

Suggested Lunch stops

The Padwell Arms Stone Street Sevenoaks Kent TN15 0LQ t: 01732 761532
The Snail Stone St Rd, Seal, Sevenoaks TN15 0LT t: 01732 810233
Ightham Mote Mote Rd, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks TN15 0NT  t: 01732 810378

The Snail is a more upmarket "foodie" establishment and Ightham Mote is a typical NT restaurant

Suggested Tea stops

It may be worth checking out how construction of the new NT restaurant at Knole park is progressing, but Walkers have found ...

The Malabar Coffee Bar open until 5:00 pm and just behind Lloyds bank at 81 High Street, Sevenoaks TN13 1LE t: 01732 74305

... to have a friendly service, excellent teas and yummy cakes.


OS Explorer : 147

Return train times

Frequent trains return from Sevenoaks to London.


Marion said...

Intend going

Anonymous said...

The new tea room at Knole is now open 10-5 after refurb and an extension - and the bookshop inside Knole house (on the right past the entrance) does coffee. Various pubs including the Wetherspoons will also do non-alcoholic drinks.

PeteB said...

n=12 on this walk which has established itself as an autumn or winter favourite but also makes a fine summer outing particularly the superb post-lunch stretch along undulating woodland paths with expansive views. The weather was w=fine-and-sunny-with-some-cloud.
Four of us tried lunch at the Padwell Arms and the food was excellent with the vegan-friendly vegetable curry particularly appreciated. The service was slow and a bit disorganised on a day when there were not many customers. A busy weekend visit may be frustrating! The pub interior is is a bit of a throwback with lots of knick-knacks and a style perhaps best described as 1970s shabby chic?
Most people ate at Ightham Mote and we all met up again at the new NT cafe at Knole Park which has the usual range of delicious cakes and snacks. Also a new balcony seating area is near completion - opening later this month- and this is bound to prove very popular.
We all set off on the final leg to the station where we caught different trains depending on the destination station. An excellent day out with a good Wednesday turnout. Finally thanks to "Arthur" for the post; sorry you could not make it and get well soon.