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.
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.