Sunday, 26 April 2020
Start time: 10:30
(Estimated finish time: 14:00)
Leisurely 7 miles / 11.3 km
7 mile circular walk from Dene Park (not in Shipbourne) via Dunk's Green, Plaxtol, Ightham Mote, Shipbourne and Kiln Wood.
Pub stop after the walk at the Chaser Inn, Shipbourne.
The Chaser Inn
Please note nothing has been currently booked for this pub stop.
Dene Park car park, Puttenden Road. Whilst driving from Tonbridge (A227 Shipbourne Road) turn right 2.2 miles from Tonbridge School, 1.5 miles before reaching Shipbourne. The right turn is into Higham Lane and is sign-posted Hadlow (and Poult Wood Golf Club). Be very careful as this is a fast and dangerous corner. Once you are off the main Shipbourne Road, you turn immediately left into Puttenden Road (signposted Plaxtol). Then the car park is on the left, after half a mile.
Grid reference: TQ606510
Nearest postcode: TN11 9RJ
Start time: 10:30
This is a circular walk
On the day of the walk only, the walk leader can be contacted on the above phone number - voice calls only (no texts).
The free forestry car park at the starting point gets busy, so please be patient.
The walk starts at Dene Park and leads through light woodland and well-kept farms, before passing near Fairlawne, which was once owned by Edward Cazalet – a merchant and industrialist. The magnificent house, which has suffered several fires during its long history, has been restored and extended many times.
In the early 17th century, Fairlawne was owned by Henry Fane, who was knighted in 1620. Sir Henry became increasingly disillusioned with royalty – a sentiment which also influenced his son, who took over the great house and supported the parliamentarian cause during the Civil War. He was executed as a traitor.
The well-marked route leads on to take you via the churchyard of St Giles by Shipbourne common, a large open space at the centre of this peaceful village, and back to Dene Park.
An award-winning farmers’ market with fine local produce is held at St Giles each Thursday morning. Stallholders pay a fee which is donated to charity. The church was built in 1880 by Edward Cazalet
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.
Give us a try!
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.