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Saturday, 7 April 2018

Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway

CW2 11 Hurst Green to Chiddingstone Causeway
Length: 21 km (13 miles). Toughness: 6/10

Catch the 9:23 from London Victoria arrives Hurst Green 10:04.

Direct return trains from Penshurst xx:27 until 18:27; following trains change at Tonbridge / Redhill

Travel advice: Linear walk, out on one line and return on another, both lines are operated by Southern. A return ticket to Hever should certainly suffice for the return journey from Penshurst.



Anonymous said...

It seems the information for this walk contains the information for another one. Please check and replace it.

Many thanks.

Sean said...

Sorry about that, link now correct.

PS. Train ticket: when this walk was posted a few weeks ago the advice was to get a return to Penshurst and I'd agree with that. Although they're on different lines, Hurst Green is on the way to Penshurst if you change at Edenbridge (walking between its two stations). And a Penshurst return is also valid on the alternative route back via Southeastern services from Tonbridge.

Monique said...

I really enjoyed the South Downs walk on Easter Sunday and I’m just wondering if I could make a case for some longer, challenging walks? As well as walking with SWC, I’ve started walking with Blackheath Ramblers. Last Saturday they had an 18 mile walk, and over the next five Saturdays they have 15, 21, 26, 19 and 17 mile walks. From a quick glance at the upcoming SWC walks this Saturday, they are 13, 10 and 12 miles long. Last weekend the longest SWC was 15.9 miles long. I’m thinking there must be some demand for a few longer walks, especially now that the daylight hours are getting progressively longer? Hoping to start some informed debate on this? Thanks Monique

Walker said...

Nearly every week Thomas G offers a walk of the kind of length you describe. You have picked one of the rare weeks when he is not doing so.

Having said that, we aim to cater to all walk tastes and as a poster I get many more complaints about walks being too long than I get about them being too short. 10, 12 and 13 miles seems like a good range to me.

But as I say, look out for Thomas G's walks: he is definitely of your way of thinking and will doubtless be pleased to hear from you.

Walker said...

Just as an anecdotal example, last Saturday's Ashurst to Eridge walk was 13 miles, but with an option of doing a shorter circular walk of 9 miles. Of the 18 walkers who turned up, 11 decided to do the 9 mile version, with 7 of us walking the full 13. I would say this is fairly typical of my experience on non-Thomas G SWC walks when a choice of walk lengths is offered.

Monique said...

Thanks for the comments so far, interesting that from your experience people seem to prefer shorter walks. Just thought I'd add that there were 33 people on the Blackheath Ramblers walk I did recently. The walk leader said that they often get that many people and that the number of walkers on their walks is steadily increasing. Not that I think 33 is a particularly comfortable number when it comes to crossing stiles, pub lunches etc.

Margaret said...

n=8 on this walk. The weather was w=dry-mild-and-calm. A really nice and quite challenging walk with varied scenery. Lovely woods with masses of bluebells and wild garlic starting to appear, although neither are yet in flower, as well as plenty of pleasant open sections. We heard a Mistle Thrush and lots of Skylarks and at one point we saw (and just missed stepping on) a grass snake on the path. A bit of mud but not much really and my boots were fairly respectable at the end. Most of us visited 3 of the 4 pubs en route. We hadn't called in advance and The Fox & Hounds at Toys Hill said we'd have around an hour's wait so we continued to The Cock Inn, which was open served nice, hot meals. The Little Brown Jug, perfectly located just opposite the station, provided pots of tea while we waited for the train. Thanks for posting.