Leybourne - Birling - Ryarsh - Leybourne

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Starting at Leybourne Church, this is a pleasant walk through the Garden of England and a bit of history starting near the castle remains with prehistoric connections. A short walk along part of the Pilgrims' Way, passing the Neolithic Long Barrows, then you can stop off for a rest in a pub dating from 1516, to pass by a modern-day housing estate. Cross the bypass, where you then get to see the remains of Leybourne Castle before returning to the church.

England - South England - Kent - North Downs

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Castle, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Toilets, Woodland
22/01/2012 - Alun Bevans

The stiles have been updated to kissing gates. The footpaths at way markers 3 & 6 are more defined. Sid Marks's comment of 3/7/11 regarding waypoint 16, is an alternative route. Maybe his note should read as you approach the church here left.

03/07/2011 - Sid Marks

A very nice walk, splendid views. An ideal family walk. Nearer to 8 miles than 7. Just a few pointers to look out for: At waymarks 3 & 6,the paths are now well defined. At waymark 16, you need to walk through the church grounds, exit through a gate, and turn right to reach the path through the woods. You eventually arrive at a footpath on the right leading to a road. Don't take this, but turn left over a footbridge to carry on with the walk.

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