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A circular walk from Chelsfield, near Orpington, incorporating Crockenhill, Lullingstone Park and on to Eynsford.
The walk starts through fields and footpaths heading towards the outskirts of Chelsfield village and will pass St Martin of Tours Church which is a grade 2 star listed building, mentioned in the Textus Roffensis, dated 1122 A.D. We then cross over the A224 which is the only busy road on the walk which we also cross again near the end.
From here we continue through fields and country lanes and walk through Well Hill where we pass Well Hill Mission Chapel which opened in 1893 and is part of the same parish of St.Martins church we passed earlier. We continue to Lullingstone golf course and through Lullingstone country park, a former deer park set in 460 acres of chalk grassland and ancient woodlands and is a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest. This also contains Lullingstone Castle, one of England’s oldest family estates dating back to the time of Domesday which has been inhabited by members of the Hart Dyke family for twenty generations including current owner Tom Hart Dyke and located in the civil parish of Eynsford.
We continue on past Lullingstone Roman Villa then on to the the pretty village of Eynsford where we will break for lunch, we may be able sit on the banks of the River Darenth however the village gets very busy on a nice day so if space is limited, we plan to sit in the graveyard of St Martin of Tours Church instead, which is a Grade 1 listed building.
After lunch we will double back slightly then walk mainly through fields and footpaths for the remainder of the walk. We will pass Eagle Heights, a Bird of Prey Centre then after a while walk through the town of Crockenhill and eventually arrive into Chelsfield village where we plan to stop at the Five Bells pub for those that wish to enjoy a (nearly) end of walk pint. There is ample space in the beer garden in case of any Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time. For those that don't wish to partake, it is a 15 minute walk back to the starting point at the car park, directions will be provided.
BOOKING: Advance booking is required. Due to national Covid regulations and for contact tracing purposes all attendees must be either full GOC members or have a free trial online membership. The event is of course free of charge. You can book on behalf of others as well as yourself. If you have difficulty booking then please contact the West Kent Group Coordinator at [email protected] to do it for you. You will only be permitted to attend a GOC event if you have registered in advance via the website. Thank you !
During the walk attendees should follow social distancing rules at all times and respect that others may have different sensitivities to personal safety.
Terrain / Difficulty
There are some moderate gradients throughout the walk but nothing too steep.