3.8 of 5 (7 votes)

Two castles in Kent

A leisurely walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Kent, England, about 6.60km (4.10 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 59m (193ft)
Loss 66m (216ft)
Max. Elevation 100m (328ft)
Elevation (total) 125m (409ft)
Start
Shoreham, Kent
End
Eynsford
Distance 6.60km
(4.1mi)
Duration ~2:00h
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Created by Anonymous Walker on 24 Jul 2013
This walk explores two castles in the picturesque setting of the Darent Valley in Kent. Both are worth visiting if you have time to spend on this walk. In between, you pass through the countryside around the River Darent, which is wonderfully peaceful considering the proximity to London and the M25. I first tried this walk after reading about it in Christopher Somerville's 'Walks in the country near London'. Well worth getting hold of a copy if you can.

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Waypoints

OS Grid TQ524615
Take the train to Shoreham. Turn right at the main road (A25) to go into Shoreham village.
OS Grid TQ522615
Walk through the village, passing the church at the Olde George Inn. The church, St Peter and St Paul, dates to the 15th century.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid TQ519617
You can pick up the Darent Valley Path in the village, which follows the River Darent northwards.
About 0.35 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid TQ524633
Keep on the Darent Valley Path beyond Castle Farm.
About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
OS Grid TQ527644
Just beyond the lake is Lullington Castle, a Tudor house set on the river. If you are keen to visit, check opening times on their website: www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid TQ525652
There's a kink in the Darent Valley Path to avoid walking along the road. Good work.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid TQ537656
After passing the bird of prey centre (www.eagleheights.co.uk) continue into Eynsford village. Here you will find the second castle of the walk, a Norman build this time. If you only have time to visit one of the two, make it this one: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/eynsford-castle
About 1.23 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid TQ535648
It's a short walk back through the village to reach the station for the train home.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from

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