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Sunday, 23 June 2019

Sunday Walk – Chagall's windows and Hadlow's folly

Extra Walk 220 – Tonbridge to Hadlow (or back to Tonbridge)
Length: 17 km (10.6 miles) to Hadlow, or 24¼ km (15.1 miles) back to Tonbridge. Toughness: 2 or 3/10

09:55 Hastings train from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 09:58, London Bridge 10:04, Orpington 10:20), arriving Tonbridge at 10:40. Buy a return to Tonbridge.

If you finish the walk in Hadlow you'll need to catch the no.7 bus for the 20-minute journey back to Tonbridge. This runs half-hourly at xx:26 & xx:56 until 17:26. There are four fast trains an hour from Tonbridge to London Bridge and Charing Cross, at xx:07, xx:21, xx:37 & xx:49 (three an hour after 8pm).

This is an undemanding walk in the Medway valley east of Tonbridge, with some unusual features: a church with world-famous windows to visit in the morning, a striking folly dominating the landscape and some (free) landscaped gardens at the end of the walk.

If you don't want a pub lunch at the Dovecote Inn you could have a picnic in Capel churchyard and then take the shortcut described in the text, saving 2¼ km. That would ensure you get to Hadlow in good time for the tearoom at Broadview Gardens, which closes at 4pm on Sundays. Alternatively, you could just get the first available bus and look for somewhere in Tonbridge.

You'll need to bring the directions from the Tonbridge to Hadlow walk page. If you won't be completing a Circular Walk back to Tonbridge you can click the word 'Main' on the Walk Options heading to save a sheet or two of paper.
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