Backup Only

This Week's Walks - Archive

Please see the Saturday Walker's Club This Week's Walks page.

This is an archive of walks done by the Saturday Walker's Club. You should only need to use this page if the SWC website is down.

Blog archive

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday walk: Kentish woods and hills

Leigh to Tunbridge Wells
Length: 18.9km (11.7 miles) Toughness: 5/10

09:40 Dover Priory train from Charing Cross, changing at Tonbridge (arr 10:24; dep 10:29) to arrive at Leigh at 10:33.

Return trains from Tunbridge Wells to Charing Cross are at xx:09 and xx:39 (journey time 56 minutes).

This walk passes through a pastoral landscape of rivers, lakes, woods and rolling hills, and goes past the historic manor house, Penshurst Place. A short cut that reduces the length of the walk by 4km is available.

The suggested lunch stop is the Spotted Dog (tel 01892 870253) at Smart’s Hill, after a third of the walk.

The walk directions can be downloaded here.


Brian said...

n=11 off the train at Leigh (which at least one walker insisted on pronouncing "Lee" thus arousing suspicion that she was a German parachutist in disguise) and we set off in w=mainly-sunshine-with-the-odd-shower-and-one-burst-of-hailstones across pleasant, but very muddy parkland to Penshurst, after which we saw one man and his two dogs expertly marshalling sheep. About a mile further on we split into Pub Lunch and Sandwiches, the Sandwiches finding a convenient picnic table in the grounds of a small chapel, then it was even more mud all the way to Tunbridge Wells and tea and cakes in the Pantiles.

Anonymous said...

For once the lunchers were a minority. 4 reached The Spotted Dog, though one then cried off injured with an ankle strain and set off home by taxi.
The remaining 3 enjoyed good food at a reasonable price and good service. This pub is beautiful and ancient, though the seating is quite squeezed up. Not recommended for larger persons, who should try the nearby Bottle House Inn which has a modern extension. (Or sit outside in summer)
Enjoying a leisurely lunch meant that on arrival in Tunbridge Wells we were greeted by the clanging sound of one cafe after another closing their doors, so home on the 17.09