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Sevenoaks Group

Sevenoaks Ramblers organises a variety of walks on Wednesdays and Sundays in the wonderful countryside around Sevenoaks. Come and join us!

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking
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Overview

Following in the footsteps of keen local walker Charles Dickens, we take the England Coast Path/Thames Path from the RSPB Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve, with the Thames estuary on our left and on our right the Cooling marshes, which inspired the 'dark flat wilderness, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates' that pervades Great Expectations. Wetland wildfowl, birds of prey and the odd sheep are likely to be our only companions. At Egypt Bay, we turn inland amid, as one footpath sign has it, 'curlews, convicts, contraband' to pick up the Saxon Shore Way. We head for Cooling churchyard, the setting for the novel's opening scene in which escaped convict Magwitch terrifies young Pip (and, incidentally, Jools Holland got married here). We return via Cliffe.

Wednesday, 31 January 2024
Start time:
9:30 am
Estimated finish time:
4:00 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
25km / 15.5mi
Ascent:
N/A
Type:
circular

Update 25/1/24

The car park is just after Aggregate Depot, Salt Lane, on the left.

Please come dressed for sea breezes in the morning and muddy patches in the afternoon!

Please bring a picnic lunch. Refreshments at The Horseshoe and Castle, Cooling (where there are also public conveniences). 

Largely flat; slight incline on Saxon Shore Way offers exhilarating panoramic views; muddy farmyard; a few stiles.

Assistance dogs only.

Features

  • Refreshments available (Pub/cafe)

Starting point

Grid reference:
TQ 72234 75674
Nearest postcode:
ME3 7SU
what3words:
stews.spoon.grants
Start time:
9:30 am

RSPB Cliffe Pools Parking, Salt Lane (free; open 9am-5pm; no toilets, though there are public toilets in the nearby village of Cliffe). Please car share if possible. For a lift from Shoreham Station, text the leader.

Join the Ramblers and enjoy

  • unlimited free access to 50,000 Ramblers group walks
  • a library jam-packed with thousands of tried-and-tested routes
  • a welcome pack teeming with top tips plus our quarterly Walk magazine
  • exclusive discounts from our partners
  • knowing your support is opening up more places to walk and helping more people discover the joy of walking