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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Sunday Walk – New Walk in the Darent Valley

New Walk – Shoreham Figure-of-8
Length: 15½ km (9.6 miles). Toughness: 5/10

09:42 Sevenoaks train from Blackfriars, calling at lots of stations in south London and arriving Shoreham at 10:34. Make sure that you buy a ticket to Shoreham (Kent), not the much more expensive Shoreham-by-Sea.

Trains back are half-hourly, at 09 & 39 minutes past. Note that there are no Southeastern services to/from Victoria this Sunday, but you might be able to change at Bromley South for a fast train to Cannon Street.

With the long-running disruption to Southern train services the Darent valley (in Southeastern's territory) has become a popular area for walk posters, so my apologies for inflicting yet another one on Sunday walkers. This misleadingly-named “New Walk” is really a few new bits tacked onto some more familiar stretches, so I hope it won't seem too stale.

On Sunday I suggest doing the Alternative Walk (option a) and saving the longer Main Walk for a summer outing, but of course everyone can choose for themselves. However, the two halves are done in a different order so a splinter group might not meet up with the main group again (especially as Shoreham offers a choice of four pubs for lunch). If you have a favourite hostelry you might want to book a table there when you set off, but I'd be surprised if you couldn't squeeze in somewhere. As it's the first Sunday of the month the Honeypot Tea Rooms should be open (you can check this on your first loop through the village), but if not the same pubs should be able to refresh you for the journey home.

You'll need to print the walk directions from this temporary New Walk page. Clicking 'a. Alternative Walk' under Walk Options will hide a lot of unnecessary directions as well as ensuring that you set off in the right direction.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, very nice walk, enjoyed it this weekend. Just a little correction, the start of the paragraph 1 (quoted below)leads towards Otford rather than to Shoreham high street. I think it stayed from the original walk.
"From the station forecourt go down a flight of steps near the footbridge and turn right onto Station Road, passing under the railway bridge. Shortly after passing the entrance to Darenth Valley Golf Club you join the Darent Valley Path1 (DVP), which comes in from a footpath on the left."

Anonymous said...

This comment is for doing the full walk from instruction #1. The alternative walk start from #6. I think the above comment does not apply.

Anonymous said...

n=3, w=sunshine-all-day. Three walkers ignored heavy rain forecast and were reawarded with sunshine all day (except a brief downpour while we were in the pub for lunch). Waterproof were off, sunglasses and sun creams were on. Lunch at George Inn with Sunday roast, a visit to the Hob farm, tea in RAF tearoom in Shoreham. A great day out in good company. Does the weatherman ever lose his job when he gets the forecast wrong?....