Westerham - High Chart - Westerham

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Initially this walk explores the streets and buildings of Westerham. Amongst them you will find two coaching inns, three historic manor-houses, an oast house, the Church of St Mary the Virgin and not forgetting the green, with its statues of General Wolfe and Winston Churchill, former residents of the area. We then head west to the peaceful Farley Common, where despite the proximity of the M25, all you can hear are the songs of birds. We travel a little to the north to see before us the glorious North Downs before heading south for the second half of the walk.

This takes us past Squerrys Court, over open farmland and on into The High Chart. Many places in this area are called Chart, which comes from the old English word 'Ceart' meaning common land that is thickly covered in gorse, broom and bracken. Our southernmost point at the edge of the Chart offers fine views over the Kentish Weald. We then pass through Kent Hatch onto Crockhamhill Common, before entering Squerrys Park. The landscape changes from woodland to a secluded valley, the source of the River Darenth. On our return to Westerham, fine views are to be seen east, west and north, thereby cementing our relationship with the town.

England - South England - Kent - Town or city

Features

Birds, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, National Trust, Pub, Toilets, Wildlife
30/10/2016 - Cath Hearnden

Ended up doing 7.2 miles, even with missing out the countless circles around Westerham, as we got totally lost at waymark 8. However once we got ourselves back on track it was a lovely walk with great views .

30/10/2016 - Cath Hearnden

Ended up doing 7.2 miles, even with missing out the countless circles around Westerham, as we got totally lost at waymark 8. However once we got ourselves back on track it was a lovely walk with great views .

30/04/2010 - David and Chris Stewart

Re-walked section around waymark 8 early 2010 and amendments have been made to the instructions. The section should be easier to follow now.

16/06/2008 - Michael scudder

We got to step 8 and come to a standstill, we had to then abandon the walk.

03/09/2006 - Chris Hutchins

Things seem to have improved in the last two years. We found the route quite easily and it was very pleasant. Watch out at step 10 though - the sign has gone. Even knowing Westerham a little already the town section showed us parts we didn't know were there.

27/09/2004 - Gary Hodgson

Paths either overgrown / no longer seem to exist making the walk pretty well impossible, fences appear to have been broken down by those attempting to escape the dog mess and sights and sounds of the M25 encountered en route. Not great.

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