Toys Hill - Mariners Hill - Crockham Hill - Toys Hill
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Hills abound on this lovely circular walk which starts out at nearly 800ft above sea level. Toys Hill is on the highest point on the Greensand Ridge in Kent, from which, on a clear day, four counties can be viewed: Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey.
We start our walk from the National Trust car park at Toys Hill. The National Trust was co-founded by Octavia Hill, who knew this area well and a woodland is named after her at Toys Hill. We descend gradually to the farming levels below, passing through the Chartwell Farm area where Chartwell, the former home of Sir Winston Churchill can be glimpsed, or indeed visited if you wish. We see some fine houses built to take advantage of the superb views from the Sandstone Ridge.
We pass close to Holy Trinity Church, Crockham Hill, which was built in 1842, entirely of local stone. Octavia Hill's grave (1838 - 1912) is under a yew tree on the right of the church entrance. Opposite the post office is a small public garden with seats, while The Royal Oak public house is a little further down the road, should you require refreshments.
We walk through farms and farmland, crossing some delightful meadows on our gradual ascent back to the lofty heights, finally walking on woodland tracks back to our starting point.
England - South England - Kent - North Kent Hills
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