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West Kent – Westerham circular walk – 5th May, 2019

This month's walk was from Westerham where 16 of us gathered for a 9.5 miler across typical Kentish countryside that I fondly remember from my childhood.  From the car park, we headed southwards toward the Long Pond and up the Toll where there used to be a cricket ground.  Crossing the Goodley Stock road toward Limpsfield Chart, we followed part of the Greensand Way, with bluebells in full flower all throughout the woods.  After a short stop at the chart, we took the steep lane down and across fields to Crockham Hill where we stopped for lunch. Afterwards, we climbed steeply up to Mariners' Drive via the Jacob's Ladder steps through mature gardens with flowering azaleas and rhododendrons. Onward we  skirted Chartwell, the former countryside retreat of Sir Winston Churchill, now a National Trust property.  We eventually ended up at the small hamlet of French Street, with picturesque flagstone cottages.  We stopped for a break on Hosey Common where the Scouts were selling tea and cakes.  Fond memories for me here as I used to attend the, now closed, Hosey school a very long time ago !!  The walk continued on toward Tower Wood and then across fields back to Westerham via Water Lane to The Green.  Some of us then enjoyed a pint or two in the beer garden at The Grasshopper Inn.  An excellent day with enjoyable company, and a warm welcome to newcomers, Chris and Leonardo, hope you both enjoyed the day.  Many thanks to Peter Blackburn for expertly leading the walk.

Colin Turner.





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