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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Wednesday walk Hever to Leigh - Kent castles and the River Medway

Book 1, Walk 19 - Hever to Leigh

Length: 14.2 km (8.8 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10

London Bridge: 10-07 hrs   Uckfield service.       East Croydon: 10-22 hrs
Arrive Hever: 10-49 hrs

Leigh to London Bridge (changing trains at Tonbridge): 26 and 56 mins past the hour

Rail ticket: buy a day return to Leigh (Kent)

You should be back at London Bridge in good time to don the glad rags and hit the SWC Xmas party with a swagger

The introduction to this walk in the TO Book claims this walk is both fascinating and very beautiful  through the Garden of England: I agree - but you can judge for yourself by coming along !

The walk may be short in length but you are spoilt for choice for sights along the way: two castles, a stately home, a proper water feature !, woods, farmland and undulating hills.  I leave it to you to read the comprehensive notes in the Directions which contain opening times of the castles. Ditto, information on your lunch and tea options.
Recommended !
Your walk directions are here L=1.19


Jane from Kew said...

Hello MARCUS I HOPE YOU ARE BACK WALKING BY NOW .tHIS IS NOT the right place I know but Itried to do Walk 41 last week having missed the train by 2 minutes. I found that some of the identifying signs seemed to have been covered up and the path which led to the A5 had been completely blocked by brushwood.Of course you had probably already done an update but just in case anyone else ventures out with an old version of the walk



Marcus said...

Hi Jane

Reference Book 1, Walk 41 - Bow Brickhill to Leighton Buzzard, please e-mail through to me the the Directions where you had difficulty following the route, due to missing signs, waymarks etc.and I will check the Directions, updating them where necessary.
Many thanks


Frankie said...

Six off the train in Hever n=6 dressed for a walk in the rain. As it turned out the rain held off until we got back to London so the muddy fields weren’t as bad as they might have been. Only one slipped in the mud but managed not to break a wrist or a leg or dislocate a shoulder or end up in A&E with a black eye – have I missed anyone ?

We reached the first pub, the Castle Inn in Chiddingstone, at 12.00 but, however enticing the interior, it was just too early for all but one to stop for lunch.
The mild weather conditions w=mild- and- overcast caused one to top up her water supplies in the oldest shop in the country (fact check needed) and then we pressed on to Penshurst. Three had an excellent leisurely lunch in the Leicester Arms and failed to catch up with the two picnickers but not because we found the one hill on the walk too challenging.

Back in Leigh everywhere was shut apart from a shop which sold hot drinks to take away.

A short but pretty walk which curiously failed to entice those who prefer short walks.