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Sunday, 25 November 2018

Easy walking in the Kentish Weald

Hildenborough to Hadlow or Tonbridge

Length: 13.3km (8.2 miles) or 21.5km (13.4 miles) Toughness: 2/3 out of 10

09:59 Hastings train from Cannon Street (London Bridge 10:04; Orpington 10:21) arriving Hildenborough at 10:36.
There are no trains from Charing Cross or Waterloo East today, due to engineering works.

Return trains from Tonbridge to Cannon Street are at xx:07, xx:21, xx:37 and xx:49 (journey time 41 – 47 mins) or to Victoria at xx:16 (journey time 54 mins).

This walk mainly covers typical Wealden countryside of fields, meadows and the occasional wood. At Hadlow you will find a multi-tiered Gothic folly, Hadlow Tower, taller than Nelson’s Column, and now used as a luxury holiday rental property. Nearby is another attraction, Broadview Gardens. The walk extension to Tonbridge is mainly alongside the River Medway.

Two possible lunch pubs en route to Hadlow are the Chaser Inn (01732 810360) in Shipbourme, and the Kentish Rifleman (01732 810727) in Dunks Green.

For those finishing the walk at Hadlow there is a half-hourly bus service to Tonbtidge at 26 and 56 minutes past the hour until 17:26, taking 22 minutes.

You will need to download the Walk Directions.



Anonymous said...

Anyone planning to go?

Anonymous said...


MoonBrain said...

I missed the scheduled train and did catch up with, if any, other walkers. So number of walkers i can report n=1
As I was running late, I didn't stop at either of the recommended pubs, so the rest of the group may have been in one of them. Walking across fields was tough going with mud clinging to the boots.
At Hadlow I caught the bus to Tonbridge as the light was fading.