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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sunday Walk – An unusual church and a tall folly

Extra Walk 220 – Tonbridge to Hadlow (or back to Tonbridge)
Length: 17 km (10.6 miles) to Hadlow, or 24¼ km (15.1 miles) back to Tonbridge. Toughness: 2 or 3/10

09:40 Dover train from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 09:43, London Bridge 09:50, Orpington 10:07), arriving Tonbridge at 10:25. Buy a return to Tonbridge.

If you finish the walk in Hadlow you'll need to catch the hourly no.7 bus back to Tonbridge, at 15:09, 16:11 or 17:11 (last bus). There are four fast trains an hour from Tonbridge to London Bridge and Charing Cross, at 08, 21, 38 & 49 minutes past (three an hour after 8pm).

This is an undemanding walk in the Medway valley east of Tonbridge, with the apple orchards you would expect to find in the ‘Garden of England’ but also some unusual features: a church with world-famous windows to visit in the morning, a striking folly and some (free) landscaped gardens at the end of the walk. There's a nice lunch pub but the tearoom in Hadlow closes at 4pm on Sundays, so you might prefer to get the first available bus and look for somewhere in Tonbridge.

You'll need to print the directions from the Tonbridge to Hadlow Walk page. If you're not planning on doing the extended walk you can click the word 'Main' on the Walk Options heading to save a sheet or two of paper.


Anonymous said...

Other pubs on or near the walk route are the Queen's Head (01892-832073) in Five Oak Green (but closed Mon–Wed lunchtimes), the Bell Inn (01732-851748) in Golden Green, and the Two Brewers (01732-850267) in Hadlow.

Anonymous said...

n=9_or_10 w=dry_and_mild. A very pleasant walk and dry underfoot so it was easy going, even though some of the fields had recently been ploughed. The windows in Tudeley church are wonderful. Those having a pub lunch stopped in Capel and a few of us had tea in Hadlow, some catching the bus from there while others strolled on into late afternoon sunshine.