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A free guided walk with the Kent Community Rail Partnership from Hollingbourne to Lenham, exploring the North Downs Way, as part of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2023.

  • 24 Mar 2023
  • 10am - 1pm
  • Hollingbourne

Starting at Hollingbourne Station, where you may be able to pick up a treat from the newly refurbished ticket office, which was closed for 30 years prior to its transformation into a community hub and café.  This walk begins with a fairly steep assent onto the North Downs.

The walk heads along the gentle rolling route along the Downs above Harrietsham whilst passing ‘Percy the Pilgrim’ towards Lenham. Along the way you may see the buzzards flying overhead, and the flora of the North Downs. There are many points of interest along the way and you may hear about the ecology of the North Downs Way, some of the farming techniques you may see, historypilgrimagesfauna and flora of the trail.

With breaks to take in the views and some refreshment, the trail will lead to the Lenham Cross, a war memorial carved into the chalk on the North Downs, before heading down into the pretty village of Lenham.  You could take the opportunity to explore the boutique village shops and eateries before the short walk to Lenham station for your journey home. (Two stops back to Hollingbourne station).

Kent Community Rail Partnership encourage attendees to use sustainable travel to and from the meeting point.

Walk Leader: Therese Hammond
Distance: Approx. 9km / 5.5 miles
Duration: Approx. 3 hours (including lunch break)
Grade: 4 – Moderate
Walk Type: Linear
Accessibility Grade: A1
Age: 12+ (Under 18s must have an accompanying adult)
You will need: To wear suitable clothing and footwear, refreshments and snacks
Toilet Facilities: Only at the beginning and end of walk
Rest Stops: regular rest stops, approx. every 30 – 45 minutes (can depend on needs of the group)
Are there stiles on route? No
This is a dog friendly walk (please keep dogs on leads)

Booking is essential.

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