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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Explore the Darent Valley

Shoreham Figure-of-Eight
Length: 19.8km (12.3 miles), 15.1km (9.4 miles), or 10.5km (6.5 miles)
Toughness: from 6/10 to 3/10

09:42 Sevenoaks train from Blackfriars, calling at numerous south London stations, including Bromley South (10:18) and arriving at Shoreham (Kent) at 10:39.
Or 09:55 Ashford International train from Victoria, changing at Bromley South (arr. 10:11; dep. 10:18).

Return trains from Otford to Blackfriars are at xx:05 and xx:35 (journey time 59 minutes), calling at Shoreham at xx:08 and xx:38. Change at Bromley South for Victoria. Return trains from Otford direct to Victoria are at xx:31 (journey time 42 minutes).
Buy a return to Shoreham (Kent) (or to Otford if you intend to finish there).

There are many interlinking walks in the Darent Valley, and this figure-of-8 walk provides a range of shorter or longer options, while allowing everyone to stay together until lunchtime or later. The morning loop follows a route through Lullingstone Park to Lullingstone Castle and back along the Darent Valley Way to Shoreham for lunch. The afternoon loop then goes through hillside nature reserves southwards to Otford, and back along more wooded hills to Shoreham once more. Those wanting only a short walk can finish at lunchtime, those wanting a slightly longer one can finish mid-afternoon in Otford, while the rest can complete the full figure-of-8 back to Shoreham.

There are four lunch pubs in Shoreham, details of which are on the walk’s introduction page.

The walk directions can be downloaded here.

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