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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Sevenoaks Circular - an easy post-Christmas walk

Length: 16.3km (10.1 miles) - or 18.5km (11.5 miles) with a pub lunch
Toughness: 3 out of 10

10.15 train from Charing Cross (10.18 Waterloo East, 10.24 London Bridge) to Sevenoaks, arriving 10.49.

Remember today is a working day (even if it doesn't feel like one), so buy your ticket - a day return to Sevenoaks - after 10am or from the ticket office to get Network Card discounts.

For walk directions click here. For GPX click here.

Ease yourself back into an upright position with this gentle walk in the Greensand Hills. A firm SWC favourite, it includes the deer park of Knole House, the pretty moated National Trust-owned Ightham Mote and fine views from the Greensand Ridge.

The easiest refreshment stops are the National Trust tea rooms at Ightham Mote and Knole House (towards the end of the walk), both open until 4pm. Ightham Mote does hot food of a sort, but if you want more substantial meal the walk directions include an extra diversionary loop to the Chaser Inn in Shipbourne (devised last year but not yet done by the SWC). This is a lovely large pub but also popular, so you might be advised to phone to check they have a table before doing this option. Sevenoaks has later tea possibilities.

Trains back from Sevenoaks are very frequent - every ten minutes or so. T=3.21


Unknown said...

I am at Sevenoaks station. Have you all left?

Graham said...

2 missed the train at London Bridge due to long queues for tickets. Caught the next train 15 minutes later. A lovely sunny day, very enjoyable and mainly easy walking with 200m of ascent after about 5 miles. Surprisingly managed to miss the entire group on the walk as well as the initial planned train. Caught the 14.56 back to London, giving plenty of time to play with our Christmas presents.

sylvia said...

Most of us did catch the train as posted, and several more joined us as we made our way to Knole Park, going through that delightful secret gate, so with the two as posted below it makes a total of n=12 . It was a brilliant day out, sunny and bright, and in the dusk coming back through Knole Park the temperature dropped and brought with it an atmospheric ground mist. The deer made it a beautiful wintry scene. Two went to Ightam Mote for lunch, the rest of us including two sandwich eaters did the diversion to The Chaser at Shipbourne which was very busy but jolly and the food was pretty good, the wine even more so. Not sure how we all missed Graham, and also we unfortunately left one person behind in the Park, lost in the gloom, very sorry about that. Nice tea at Soprano's in Sevenoaks, personally recommended by one who has enjoyed tapas there.

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