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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Sunday Walk – A short walk in the Medway valley (Yalding Circular)

Extra Walk 320 – Yalding Circular
Length: 12.5 km (7.8 miles). Toughness: 2/10

09:41 Ashford train from Victoria (Bromley South 10:00, Orpington 10:08, etc), changing at Paddock Wood (arr 10:33, dep 10:40) and arriving Yalding at 10:47. Buy a return to Yalding.

Trains back from Yalding are hourly at xx:12 and go to Tonbridge. Change there for Victoria or Charing Cross.

Late Risers could take the train an hour later and start from Wateringbury (the stop after Yalding) at 11:51. You'll be about 20 minutes behind the main group. You ought to have a return to Wateringbury for this, but it's only 10p more than Yalding.

A large crowd tried out this new walk on New Year's Day and had a very convivial start to the year. I remember a fair number of empty fizz bottles being deposited in the picnic area in Teston Country Park, but I'm sure the walk will be just as enjoyable without this extra intoxication. A little further on the Tickled Trout is an excellent lunch pub, and there's a choice of riverside tea places near the end of the walk: the café on Teapot Island or the Boathouse pub on the opposite bank.

You'll need to bring the directions from the Yalding Circular walk page.

1 comment:

Mr M Tiger said...

Approximately n=13 today. (10 from Yalding, 1 early starter, and, I think, 2 from Wateringbury) The weather w=started-sunny-and-cloudless-clouded-later-but-dry-all-day-cold A prevalence of mud (slidey not sinky) all the way round. The Tickled Trout seemed to tickle the fancy of those that stopped. The ‘Cellarhead’ beer certainly tickled mine. (A dark beer, would you believe, in this day and age). Later a few stopped at Teapot Island but left early for the final push because of an ominous cloud, much preferring to freeze to death for half an hour on a cold platform than get a little bit wet. The cloud came to nothing in the end. Mercifully, a train did eventually roll in and we got on it.