Saturday Walkers Club
Spindle fruit

Spindle fruit

by moontiger

Spindle fruit

Spindle fruit

by moontiger

In a wood

In a wood

by moontiger

Misty scene

Misty scene

by moontiger

Knockholt Circular Walk

An enjoyable day out in the country within zone 6, thanks to those who campaigned for and legislated the Green Belt policy.


Main walk: 18km (11.2 miles). 5 hours 30 minutes walking time. For the whole excursion including meals and trains, allow at least 8 hours 30 minutes.


OS Landranger Map 187 and 188 Explorer Map 147


5 out of 10


Despite its starting point being within London Travelcard Zone 6, this is a completely rural walk, passing through a succession of lovely open fields full of wildflowers in spring, and through a number of bluebell woods. After lunch there is the opportunity to visit Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, the naturalist.


Trains go from London Charing Cross to Knockholt, journey time 40 minutes. Knockholt is within London Transport Zone 6, so a one-day travelcard is an option.

Saturday Walkers Club

Take the train nearest to 10:10am from London Charing Cross.


The Queens Head High Street, Downe, BR6 7US (01689 852145). Food served noon - 2.30pm Mon - Fri; noon - 3.30pm Sat & Sun. Located 7.5 km from the start of the walk, this is the suggested lunch stop.

The George & Dragon High Street, Downe, BR6 7UT (01689 889030). Food served - check times. Located 7.5 km from the start of the walk.


Arthur's Coffee Shop & Restaurant Coolings Nurseries, Rushmore Hill, TN14 7NN (01959 532269 / Food served 9.30am - 4.30pm Mon - Sat (from 10am Sun). Located 2.5km from the end of the walk.

The Crown Main Road, Knockholt, TN14 7LS (01959 532142) (Opposite side of the road to St. Katherine's church, Knockholt.) Possible tea stop.

The Rose and Crown Otford Lane, Halstead, TN14 7EA (01959 533120) Possible tea stop - 350 metres off route


Help us! After the walk, we would love to get your feedback


Upload your photos to the SWC Group on Flickr, and videos to Youtube. This walk's tags are:


Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: TN14 7HR | Directions


Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



Copyright © Saturday Walkers Club. All Rights Reserved. No commercial use. No copying. No derivatives. Free with attribution for one time non-commercial use only.

Walk Directions  

Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from