Main walk:13.3km (8.3 miles). Four hours 15 minutes walking time. For the whole excursion including meals and trains, allow at least 7 hours
Ending at Hollingbourne: 14.5m (9 miles), Four hours 30 minutes walking time
Short walk: 9km (5.6 miles), two hours 45 minutes walking time
OS Landranger Map 189 Explorer Map 137, 148 (for the Hollingbourne ending.)
3 out of 10
A large section of the walk is to the north side of the North Downs Way and passes along some little used footpaths, making for a tranquil walk. Its attractions include the pretty hamlet of Stalisfield Green for lunch and the historic village of Charing for tea. Some of the stiles along the route are poorly maintained and consequently this walk is not suitable for the less able walker. In summer the footpath across a couple of the rape seed fields can become very overgrown.
Trains go from London Victoria to Lenham, journey time just over an hour. Lenham is one stop up the line, so buy a day return to Charing. (Hollingbourne ending: Day return to Lenham.) For those driving, park at the station car park at Lenham. Trains back from Charing to Lenham only take 5 minutes, but are hourly.
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Take the train nearest to 9.45am from London Victoria Station to Lenham. If finishing at Hollingbourne, take the train nearest to 10.05am
The Harrow Hill Hotel & Inn Warren Street, Lenham, ME17 2ED (01622 858727). Food served noon - 2pm Mon - Sat (to 2.30pm Sun). Located 4.8 km from the start of the main walk.
The Plough Stalisfield Green, Stalisfield, ME13 0HY (01795 890256). Food served noon - 2pm Tue - Sun. It is the suggested lunch stop. Located 8 km from the start of the main walk
Ending at Hollingbourne:
Blacksmiths Arms Wormshill ME9 0TU (01622 884386) Located 7.2 km from the start of the walk
The Dirty Habit Upper St, Hollingbourne, ME17 1UW (01622 880880) Located 1.5 km from the end of the walk.
Ringlestone Inn Ringlestone Road, Harrietsham, ME17 1NX (01622 859900) Located 6 km from the start of the walk
Rosebud Tea Rooms at Charing 42 High Street, Charing, TN27 0HX (01233 714171). Serves tea, coffee etc. 9am - 4pm Mon - Sat. It is the suggested tea stop.
The Oak at Ashford Rd, Charing, TN27 0HY (01233 712612). Open all day, serves coffee, tea.
Ending at Hollingbourne:
The Sugar Loaves 56 Eyhorne St, Hollingbourne, ME17 1TS (01622 880220) Located 0.5 km from the end of the walk. Open all day weekend, Mon – Friday 12.00 – 14.30. 18.00 - 23.00
The Windmill 32 Eyhorne St, Hollingbourne, ME17 1TR (01622 880280) Located 0.5 km from the end of the walk.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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