Sunday, 20 January 2019
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 15:00)
Moderate 10 miles / 16.1 km
Who’d have thought that Sevenoaks was once a hotbed of militant ramblers? If you know your history, it can be argued that the Ramblers movement started in Knole Park some 50 years before the 1930s mass trespasses in the Peak District. With this heritage it’s unsurprising that one of the UK’s first young Ramblers groups, West Kent Walking and Outdoor group, was founded here in the basement of the Farmers Pub (sadly demolished) opposite the station and cattle market (also demolished).
Join founding member Dave N in re-tracing the group’s inaugural walk from almost exactly 20 years ago. Key words of the day will be: ‘anecdotes’, ‘analogue’, ‘friendship’, ‘WKWO characters’, ‘twentieth century’, ‘old skool’ and ‘legacy’. Song of the day will be ‘1999’ by Prince.
We start and finish at the delightful medieval moated manor house, Ightham Mote, walking to The Plough at Basted via Shipbourne’s Fairlawne estate and the orchards and former hop gardens around Yopps Green.
I will book a table for 20 people but please confirm that you’d like to eat in the pub by no later than 10th January 2019 and I will adjust the numbers accordingly.
We will return to Ightham Mote via the remains of a late 13th-century knight’s dwelling (Old Soar Manor), Oxen Hoath and Dunk’s Green. If we make good time and aren’t tempted by the Kentish Rifleman at Dunk’s Green, cream teas and lots of cake (birthday?) are available at Ightham Mote’s café which is open until 4pm.
Looking forward to meeting old friends, new faces and newcomers, to help celebrate the start of our 21st year.
Please note Penny is dealing with all enquires for this walk.
Ightham Mote National Trust car park.
Non-NT members pay £2 to park all day.
Grid reference: TQ585536
Nearest postcode: TN15 0NT
Start time: 10:00
This is a circular walk
We are an upbeat walking group, (20s to 50s), and we provide a mixed programme of walks every weekend.
We also organise social events, weekends away, plus other activities.
Please read the notes on our website before joining our walks.
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This is one of hundreds of Ramblers group walks for all ages and abilities every week - all led by our experienced walk leaders.
You’re welcome to join us on any of our walks to see if the Ramblers is for you. Then, once you’ve enjoyed the views, fun, exhilaration and good company, it’s just a case of becoming a member.
Do make sure you're fit enough and have the right footwear and clothing for the walk you want to do, though. You can contact the group or leader if in doubt.