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Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Greensand Way and Mereworth Woods

Yalding to Borough Green
Length: 16.8km (10.4 miles) Toughness: 3/10

09:42 Dover Priory train from Victoria (Bromley South 09:59, Orpington 10:07), changing at Tonbridge (arr 10:25, dep 10:34) arriving at Yalding at 10:49.

Return trains from Borough Green & Wrotham to Victoria are at xx:36 (journey time 45 minutes). A return ticket to Yalding will cover the return journey.

When this walk was posted last month on a miserable day, the one brave soul who turned up didn’t fancy doing the walk on her own and went home. Let’s hope for better weather today. This is a pleasant walk through the woods and fields of the Kentish Weald, with no dauntingly steep climbs. The morning route follows the Greensand Way before diverting to Mereworth whose church has a remarkably tall steeple. The afternoon route is largely through the vast Mereworth Woods.

The original recommended lunch pub, the Queen’s Head, has permanently closed and is being converted for residential use, so the option nearest to Mereworth is now a short detour to The Moody Mare (01622 813038), a gastropub (formerly ‘The Beeches’), where booking before arrival is strongly recommended. An attractive alternative, also requiring a detour included in the walk directions, is the Swan on the Green (01622 812 271) in the pretty village of West Peckham.
For tea, the only option in Borough Green on a Sunday seems to be the Robin Hood bar beside the station, which a recent walker has recommended.

More details and the walk directions can be found on the walk’s information page.


Anonymous said...

n = 2.
Weather a mix of cloud and sun. Crisp air.

As I had a headache that would not go away, I only made it to The Swan on the Green (very friendly staff and good food, though a group would definitely need to book ahead) in West Peckham, before retracing my footsteps to Yalding. Apologies to my companion for abandoning her: I hope she liked the rest of the walk, caught the train she was aiming for and then enjoyed 'The Death of Stalin' later on with her SWC pal.

Anonymous said...

I am very sorry to hear this. Also glad you made it to the pub rather than got lost in the beautiful woods. I enjoyed mostly blue skies with sun dabbling through the very light trees; no mud either. Walk and day absolutely glorious. Listened to 'The History of the World' by Andrew Marr and got 2.45 at Borough Green after a picnic in the woods. Very glad I did this lovely walk again on such a nice day.