A walk along the North Downs Way and a tranquil haven on the Cuxton Lost Landscapes Heritage Trail
Thu Apr 21 00:00:00 BST 2011
- Start: Cuxton train station
- End: Cuxton train station
- Country: England
- County: Kent
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub:
- Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 148
- Difficulty: Medium
Take a circular walk along the North Downs Way and find a tranquil haven you never knew existed on the Cuxton Lost Landscapes Heritage Trail. Find out more here...
Take a circular walk along the North Downs Way and find a tranquil haven you never knew existed on the Cuxton Lost Landscapes Heritage Trail
Location: Cuxton, ME2 1AD
Distance: 3.7 miles (5.9 km) allow 1hr 50mins. The Darnley diversion will add 2.2 miles (3.5km) to your walk
OS Explorer Map: 148
Terrain: There is one steep hill, the rest of the route is downhill or flat
Step count: approximately 7,400
Sets of steps: 8
Parking: There is car parking available on Station Road at the White Hart pub or the car park at thetop of Sundridge Hill.
Starting and finishing at Cuxton train station (so you can leave the car at home), our expedition leaves the town past the White Hart.Built in 1860 the construction of this pub uncovered many Roman pottery finds. Other evidence of Roman and even earlier human activity, thoughtto be Stone Age, has been found around the rectory and churchyard of St Michael and All Angels.
The ancient Pilgrims Way serves as the pathway for the start of our journey, offering fine views out towards the Medway Bridge. The bridge was heralded the longest of its type in the world when it was built in 1963.This area is steeped in history and among many discoveries has been a Saxon warrior grave in 1859, unearthed by workmen digging the railway.Cuxton and the surrounding areas present some great panoramic scenery and the walk encompasses a well-wooded parish. Much of the woodland is ancient and local areas such as Mill Hill Wood are of national importance. Nearby is Bush Valley and memories of the Second World War fill the air. Kent played a key role in air supremacy with its airfields, but some were never actually used. These were decoy sites and one that was here is the Bush Valley. Many other active airfields existed in Kent. including Hawkinge, which played an important part inthe Battle of Britain.
Also with Second World War links, the remains of Dean Farm protrude from the next valley, which has PLUTO (the pipeline under the ocean) running through it. PLUTO was constructed to provide much-needed fuel for the D-Day landings.During the walk you can take the Darnley Diversion, with its many rare wild flowers, and the Darnley Mausoleum, an impressive piece of neo-classical architecture overlooking Cobham Woods and commanding views over North Kent and beyond.
This walk is one of a series of six Lost Landscapes Heritage Trails that follow the North Downs Way. For more information and to download the walk guide, visit kent.greatbritishlife.co.uk andgo to Links.