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Tonbridge & Malling Group

A Ramblers group with walks of about 4 - 6 miles. We explore the beautiful Kent countryside from within the Tonbridge and Malling area and, occasionally, further afield.

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Overview

This walk starts from the village of St Mary's Platt and meanders through woodland, farmland, apple orchards and quiet lanes with valley views to the hamlets of Claygate Cross and Basted. Look out for the roadside library and seed swap at Claygate Cross.

Water features at three points on the walk: the stream on leaving Windfield Lane, the lake at Warren Farm and the millpond where the River Bourne passes through Basted. The return to Platt takes in the village recreation ground and allotments, with Platt Church as our landmark.

The route is undulating and there are short sections which are quite steep. There are two stiles. Walking pole recommended; essential if muddy. If it is very wet under foot, we will lengthen the walk slightly (taking quiet roads) to avoid a muddy uphill bridleway.

 

Sunday, 17 December 2023
Start time:
10:00 am
Estimated finish time:
1:00 pm
Difficulty:
Moderate
Distance:
10km / 6.2mi
Ascent:
137.8m / 452ft
Type:
circular

The walk is quicker than the standard ‘2 miles an hour’ Ramblers pace due to the road sections.

Although this is a dog-friendly walk, please bear in mind that we will be walking on quiet roads without pavements. Also, we may encounter cattle in one field.  

Nibble break at Ightham Cricket Ground - bring refreshments.

Join us for a drink after the walk at The Blue Anchor in Platt. For lunch bookings call 01732 885 498. 

The nearest public transport hub for buses and trains is Borough Green, which is a 20 minute walk to The Blue Anchor in Platt.  

 

Features

  • Refreshments available (Pub/cafe)
  • Car parking available
  • Dog friendly

Starting point

Grid reference:
TQ 62156 57041
Nearest postcode:
TN15 8LZ
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Start time:
10:00 am

Meeting point: Blue Anchor pub car park, Long Mill Lane, Platt, TN15 8LZ. The Blue Anchor has entrances on Grange Road and Long Mill Lane. The car park is off Long Mill Lane. If not using the pub after the walk, please park in Comp Lane beyond Platt Church (TN15 8NE) or in Greenlands cul-de-sac (TN15 8LL). Turn right out of Greenlands and walk down Long Mill Lane to reach the Blue Anchor. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the walk to register and to hear the walk briefing.

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