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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wednesday Walk - Hurst Green to Chiddington Causeway (Penshurst Station)

Length: 21.6 km (13.4 mi) [shorter walks possible, see below]
Ascent/Descent:   531/586m
Net Walking Time: ca. 5 ¼ hours
Toughness:  7 out of 10 

Take the 10.08 Uckfield train from London Bridge (10.23 East C.), arriving Hurst Green at 10.40.
[From Victoria, the 09.54 East Grinstead train gets to HG at 10.34, but the Network Railcard is not valid, i.e. you’d have to pay a full price Penshurst rtn ticket to use that service. The 10.06 Pompey Harbour train leaves you just 1 minute to change trains in EC, good luck…]
Return trains: 16.27, 16.48 and 17.29 to Victoria, 16.32 to Cannon St. (via Tonbridge), 18.01, 18.38 and 18.55 to Charing X (via Tonbridge), 18.31 to London Bridge. Buy a Penshurst return.

The last mid-week posting of the full walk was 9 years ago...
This is a rewarding walk along the hills of northern Kent, much of it passing through woodland, along the Greensand Way. In the afternoon you can enjoy views over the countryside to the south. The walk also passes Chartwell, (former home of Winston Churchill) and through the secluded upland village of Ide Hill, a possible tea stop.

Shorter Options: You may reduce the length of the standard walk by 12 km to 9 km by following the main route directions as given until [3], then follow the Shortened route directions to finish at Oxted. Alternatively, you can trim a 1km descent and ascent section off the standard and short walks by using the short cut at [2] indicated in the walk directions text. There are other options mentioned on the webpage.

For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Lunch: The Fox and Hounds (11.4 km/7.1 mi, food to 15.00).
Tea:  The Little Brown Jug. T=2.16

2 comments:

SAndy said...

Looks like I'm free tomorrow so I may come along, although I suspect it might be a bit of a mudbath.

Thomas G said...

10 walkers off the train, 2 more off the same train but doing a different walk by themselves, and 2 others half an hour behind, so n=12 in w=sunny-and-warm weather. Fine far views in the fantastic weather (much better than forecast), lots of woods, plenty of up and down, immense amounts of bluebells (not out yet), some wood anemones (out) and lots of mud (unsurprising after recent snow and rain). The faster of the two laggards caught up with the group before lunch, the slower of the two though, somehow, managed to get to The Fox and Hounds before anyone else. Great pub, good food, fine beer (under new mgmt apparently).
The picnickers had moved on in dribs and drabs, so we only joined up with most of them right at the end at The Little Brown Jug. A train was due to leave in 10 minutes, but we decided to stay at this very nice pub for a a while longer. 18.01 train, connecting neatly to the fast 18.09 at Tonbridge. Brilliant day.