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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wednesday Walk – A Classic Pub, Medieval Manor House and Tea Shop

SWC Walk 92:  Leigh Circular T=SWC.92.c

Distance:  11.2 Miles or 18 km for those more metrically minded
Difficulty:  4 out of 10

Train:  Take the 10:39 AM Tonbridge train from London Victoria (stopping at Clapham Junction at 10:45 and East Croydon at 10:57), arriving at Leigh at 11:34.  Return trains from Leigh are at 17:25, 17:28 (change at Tonbridge); 18:04 (change at Tonbridge); 18:27; 18:55; 18:58 (change at Tonbridge); 19:29 (change at Tonbridge) and 20:16 (change at Tonbridge). Buy a day return to Leigh. 
I had originally planned a wealden exploration walk from Stonegate to Battle – but have decided to postpone that option and have instead opted for this little gem.  This walk covers some delightfully undulating wealden territory and includes a charming lunch stop and a lovely tea shop.  The route also passes by Penshurst Place, an impressive medieval manor house, both early and late in the route.  There is quite a lot of optionality in the walk – so you can adjust the routing length to your needs.  The suggestion here is for the long Leigh Circular.  You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here.

The recommended lunch spot is the Rock Inn (01892 870 296) in Hoath Corner (4.5 miles/7.5km into the walk). Please call ahead.  An alternate early possibility would be the Leicester Arms Hotel (01892 871 617) in Penshurst.  Tea and other late afternoon refreshments can be had at the Fir Tree House (if open) or the Leicester Arms Hotel, both in Penshurst.    The Fleur-de-lis in Leigh offers nice post walk sustenance.

Enjoy the walk!


Andrew said...

w=hot-and-sunny about n=20 + 1 dog (otto). Welcome bright sunshine after some overcast days. A very spread out group by the time they got to Penshurst where I joined them. The walk's author joined us for lunch having checked another walk option. The lunch pub was happy for people to eat their sandwiches outside. Thanks to the author and poster for a great walk in a lovely area.

Sandy said...

PS in case you didn't realise, sorry the front group were unable to wait for others at the pub in Leigh because it was closed! We should have had a cup of tea at Penshurst. Still, as Andrew says, beautiful walk in great weather.