Lamberhurst - Kilndown - Scotney Castle Circular

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We start our walk from the public car park adjoining the Chequers Inn, off The Broadway in Lamberhurst. Our walk takes us over the River Teise on the way up from the Broadway and School Hill to reach the war memorial. We traverse part of Lamberhurst Golf Course to reach the Church of St Mary the Virgin. Our way now passes under the newly-built Lamberhurst Bypass to reach hop-gardens and fields, which takes us in a more or less straight line to the outskirts of the village of Goudhurst. From here we enter the driveway of Finchcocks, which is situated next to the Green Cross Inn in Station Road and whose speciality is seafood.

We leave the drive to walk across a lovely meadow next to a meandering stream and finally exit via a private drive to Ranters Lane along which, on our way to the village of Kilndown, are some delightful old and picturesque houses and farms. As we approach Kilndown we pass (or even visit) the Globe and Rainbow Inn. We turn right onto a path into Kilndown Wood about fifty yards past the inn, but if you wish to visit the village and its 1841 sandstone Christ Church, keep ahead for a short distance. To resume the walk, retrace your steps to the fingerpost signed 'Scotney Estate' and follow the winding path through the wood to reach open parkland, cross this to reach a drive and climb to reach a ridge with far-reaching views across the surrounding countryside.

From here a visit can be made to Old Scotney Castle and Gardens if desired; it is but a short, ten- to fifteen-minute walk. Our way now takes us down from the ridge via a field to reach the bridge spanning the A21 bypass, which we cross. We enter the golf course and cross to a recreation ground on our way back to the car park at Lamberhurst.

England - South England - Kent - Countryside

Features

Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, National Trust, Pub, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
30/03/2019 - Bronwyn Buntine

We walked this on a lovely spring day (17/02/19). The directions were very useful but it should be noted a little out of date with many field stiles etc removed. We would strongly recommend booking if you are intending to lunch on the way round. The 'Small Holding' at Kilndown is very special and worth a look. A lovely walk on a spring day with the added bonus of a great lunch and a stop at Scotney.

15/02/2010 - Miriam Richards

We did this walk today (14/2/10) and there are a couple of points we thought might be helpful. Point 8: The neglected hop garden is neglected no more! It has been recently cultivated and while the signpost clearly points across it, the path isn't visible. We walked around the field instead (at the end of point seven, walk straight keeping the footbridge on your right but not crossing it and follow the field until you get to the footbridge mentioned at the beginning of the next step - the marker post at the end of step 8 is not there anymore. Point 9: Once you go through the first white metal farm gate, don't go through the next one which is just a few feet on, you need to go at least 300 yards keeping the fence on your left. Point 12: We would heartily recommend the Green Cross Inn but even if you want to eat in the bar (which very muddy boots made essential), book ahead. We were glad we did. Point 16: There are actually two paths signposted to Scotney Estate - the first one is only a couple of yards past the Globe and Rainbow and it is the one to take. The one that is fifty yards past the pub (as the directions state) is the wrong one. Point 18: The NT have done a fair bit of work on Scotney Estate in the recent past I think. As a result, cross the footbridge and then go over a stile after about 50 yards, then start uphill towards the drive. The extra gate confused us a little! A lovely walk, and conveniently situated off the A21 but very muddy during the winter. Also, we did this walk on a Sunday and arrived during a football match at the recreation ground which meant parking at the public car park was impossible but on-street parking in the village is plentiful.

04/12/2008 - Walkingworld Administrator

With thanks to Alan Love for updating this walk.

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