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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Cuxton to Sole Street

t=SWC.35 Length: 17km (10m)
Toughness: 5 / 10
Transport: There are two options:

  • 9:55 from London St Pancras, change at Strood leaving at 10:34, arriving at Cuxton at 10:38. Note. that there is a special fare on this high speed train and, as far as I know, you cannot buy tickets on the train.
  • 9:10 from London Victoria, change at Rochester leaving at 9:59, change at Strood, leaving at 10:34, arriving at Cuxton at 10:38 (Note there is a 28min wait at Strood, it's still a faster connection than going via Tonbridge)
Return trains from Sole Street at xx:01 to London Victoria (there is the option to change at Meopham for 7min faster train to Victoria; you might consider walking to Meopham to catch that train directly, a map would come in handy) or at xx:31 to London St Pancras via Rochester.
A day return to Rochester should cover both legs.

This is a lovely walk across the North Downs with several options: You can have lunch at the recommended lunch pub the Golden Lion in Luddesdown or extend the walk at an earlier point with a 4km there and back again detour to the friendly Amazon & Tiger pub at Harvel. From the latter you could follow the Snodland to Sole Street walk to Henley Street. For tea there are several pubs in Cobham or there is the charming pub in Henley Street where you can while away the time for the final 20min dash across a field to the station. There is also a pub right next to the station should this last dash have sapped your resources.


Anonymous said...

I may get the 10:52 train from Tonbridge and catch up with you.

sylvia said...

Lovely sunny_and_warm day and very pleasant walk over vales and hills. 10 in number at Cuxton station with 2 Kentish residents joining shortly from start so 12_in_total. Most had sandwiches and we picnicked on the grassy embankment high above the picturesque Luddesdowne village beneath a brilliant blue sky, brimstone butterflies and bumble bees for company, then walked on to the Golden Lion for drinks where we met a solitary diner from our party. Pub looked cheap and cheerful. Three others did the Amazon and Tiger pub variation. All bar one on our route continued with the main walk, circuiting in a square shape around Cobham. We had a look around the old almshouses there, called Cobham College, very pretty, and visited the church, quite impressive in size for a small village and with a large number of beautiful brasses. Some had a tea in one of the pubs in Cobham, but reported no cake available, some had tea at the Railway Inn by Sole Street station, again no cake available but none really expected. A great day out.

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