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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sandling to Wye on the North Downs Way

SWC 24 - Sandling to Wye

Length: 20.5 km (12.8 miles)
Toughness: 6 out of 10

London St Pancras: 10-08 hrs    Margate service
Arrive Ashford International: 10-46 hrs
Leave Ashford International:  11-03 hrs     Dover Priory service from Charing X
Arrive Sandling; 11-14 hrs

London Charing Cross: 09-40 hrs   Dover Priory service
Arrive Sandling: 11-14 hrs


Wye to Charing Cross: 15-54, 16-53, 17-52, 18-51    Journey length 1hr 32 mins
Wye to St Pancras: as above plus 21 mins past the hour, changing at Ashford International. Journey length 1 hr

Rail ticket: returns from either Sandling or Wye are usually accepted. You pay a supplement for using the HS1 service from or back to St Pancras.

This walk is a favourite amongst many a SWC walker, being along a lovely section of the North Downs Way which is more akin to the South Downs Way.  For large parts of the day you enjoy stunning views of Kent's countryside.

Lunch is taken at the usually excellent Tiger Inn in Stowting, 9 km into the walk. Best 'phone ahead with numbers (01303-862130.

The latter part of the walk up on the lovely Crundale Downs reverses TO Book 1, Walk 53 - Wye Circular, and you descend into Wye for tea at the Tickled Trout pub, next door to the railway station.
Walk directions here: L=swc.24


Anonymous said...

The Tiger Inn appears to be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Marcus said...

3 off the Javelin train from St Pancras, 1 off the service from Charing X, and 1 by car, so I make that n=5 on our outing in Kent.
w=mostly-sunny-and-warm-to-hot-with-a-cooling-breeze-on-top-of-the-Downs, near perfect summer walking conditions for this walk along a hilly, downs section of the North Downs Way.
3 stopped at the closed Tiger Inn to make use of their outdoor seating whilst eating their sandwiches, leaving 2 of us to walk along the road to the Five Bells Inn in Brabourne, which served us excellent lunches. I can highly recommend this customer - and walker - friendly pub, with its comfortable internal and external seating areas, good choice of beers- and ciders - and a good choice of home cooked food from an extensive menu.
One of the sandwichers joined us for the afternoon leg (the other two having continued post prandial along the main route) and the sun came out again after the skies briefly threatened us with a storm during our lunch break.
More lovely views from the top of the Crundale Downs, then the descent to Wye. A swift half in the Tickled Trout, then home on the 17-52, arriving back at St Pancras at 19-00 hrs.
This walk is suitably demanding in length and climbs to give one a really good workout whilst providing walkers with lovely panoramic views along most of its route, and especially enjoyable on a nice summers day.