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A 9 mile route exploring the Darent Valley from the valley sides, discovering three nature reserves, panoramic views across the Kent Downs and an option to explore three riverside villages along the way.

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Along the Valley Side
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Route type
9 mi14.4 km
Kent Downs National Landscapes
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Whether you have an hour or a whole day, the Darent Valley Trails app, downloadable free from the App Store and Google Play, will take you on a magical tour through a rich heritage of history, meadows, valleys and streams, lavender fields, mills, and wildlife, along waymarked paths, with a distance to suit everybody.

There are 17 new new Rail Trails in West Kent, with the choice of both circular and linear routes ranging from 2.5 to 9 miles. All the routes start and end at mainline train stations, so you can go green and leave the car at home. Once you’ve downloaded the app, the trails can be used offline as you explore the remote and tranquil countryside. 

Along the Valley Side

  • Enjoy a succession of panoramic views into and across the Darent Valley
  • Pass through Lullingstone Country Park, Polhill Bank Nature Reserve and Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
  • Diversions possible to riverside villages of Eynsford, Shoreham and Otford
  • Follow some of the North Downs Way and the Darent Valley Path


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