Walk: The Greensand Way from Surrey to Kent

PUBLISHED: 13:17 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:17 31 July 2017

The Greensand Way

The Greensand Way

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The Greensand Way is one of the prettiest walks in Kent offering amazing views from the ridge right across the county

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Location: Westerham, TN16 1SL

Distance: 108 miles (173.81 km) Linear

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Time: Allow 33.5 hours for Kent stretch/several weeks for the whole route

OS Explorer Maps: 137

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Terrain: Variable terrain, uneven surfaces

Public Transport: For public transport directions from your home address to Westerham please visit kentconnected.org

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Parking: Limited on-road parking is available on roads around the village. Please park with consideration

Refreshments & facilities: Pubs and shops en-route

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The Greensand way is one of the prettiest walks in Kent offering amazing views from the ridge right across Kent. Set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; look out across patchwork fields, blazing autumn woodland and pretty oast houses from the sandstone ridge that you walk upon. Beautiful manor houses, ancient churches and mediaeval bridges will adorn your route so take your time to stop by and admire each one. Walk the whole route from Surrey into Kent and make it into an epic walking holiday!

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The Kent stretch starts opposite the pretty village green at Goodley Stock, where you’ll leave behind the busy village and head out into the beautiful Kent countryside.

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The first stretch from Westerham to Ide Hill has inspired Army Generals and past Prime Ministers. The National Trust Properties of Quebec House where Sir James Wolfe spent his early years and Chartwell, the family home of Sir Winston Churchill are both within striking distance of the pretty village of Westerham.

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The next section takes you through the Sevenoaks Weald towards Shipbourne, home to more Kentish delights. Knole House is on the outskirts of the beautiful town of Sevenoaks, a National Trust property within a delightful deer park. Another National Trust property, Ightham Mote is here, a moated manor house, surrounded by pretty gardens and woodland.

The Medway gap provides excellent landscape walking which has history of human habitation on The Bourne dating back to Palaeolithic times. Mills beside The Bourne known as the Roughway once produced high quality paper for the production of bank notes, postal orders and postage stamps.

West Peckham to Yalding takes in a fascinating collection of mediaeval bridges and waterways. Look out for Hampstead Lock which is the deepest of 10 locks along the Medway navigation.

Look out for two impressive bridges, The Twyford Bridge spanning the river Medway is known as the Bridge of the Two Fords. The Town Bridge that spans both marsh and the River Beult has seven arches and at over 30 metres is the longest Medieval bridge in Kent.

Yalding to Linton contains a fascinating collection of orchards, reservoirs, and a Medieval building known as Buston Manor. Autumn is a great time to be walking this stretch with much of the fruit yielding a good harvest.

Walk through spectacular Kentish countryside on the outskirts of Maidstone. Look out for pretty buildings within the landscape and Sutton Valence Norman Castle. Sutton Valence to Liverton Street is dotted with Kentish Oast Houses, some being the best of their kind.

A wonderful array of landscapes from Liverton Street to Egerton awaits you. Look out for pretty farmsteads and ancient churches all with unique features not found anywhere else.

Heading out of Egerton to Hothfield you’ll pass through one of Kent’s most haunted villages, Pluckley; pass Walnut Tree Farm where grapes are grown on the slopes above the farmhouse. Look out for the ponds, which once provided the water to power the nearby mill at Ford. At Godington Park stands the remains of an oak that had flourished since Norman times. It sadly in split in half and collapsed in 1939.

You’ll now be heading towards Ashford town and Great Chart. In World War II RAF Ashford was based here and was used to provide air support for ground forces landing in France. Your walk will take you to the pretty village of Kingsnorth, here there are several areas of beautiful Autumn woodland – look for the masses of golden leaves that you’ll see stretching before you. Hamstreet Woods a remnant of ancient woodland are particularly lovely.

If you’ve enjoyed the Kent stretch of the Greensand way, which is a favourite amongst many walkers, you could take on the whole Explore Kent challenge and complete the Surrey section of the Greensand Way too! You can get a certificate of your achievement too!

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To find out about other walks and events in Kent including the Kent Downs AONB Outstanding Week and Kent’s spookiest walks please visit the Explore Kent website www.explorekent.org. Follow @explorekent on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share your adventures with us!

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