Hever & Markbeech from Chiddingstone

A lovely Kent walk that starts from the beautiful village of Chiddingstone and continues to Hever where you can visit the Castle. The route then turns south to Markbeech from where a return to the start is made.

Technical sheet
No. 293189
A Chiddingstone walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 24/03/17
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.85mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 318ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 318ft
Highest point Highest point : 420ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 167ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Chiddingstone
Starting point Starting point : N 51.186023° / E 0.148015°
Download : -
Lots of mud!

Description

(D/A)After parking and exploring the village, take the footpath south that starts opposite Glebe House. After approximately 500 metres you reach a path junction (grid ref. TQ501446). Turn right here and continue to Hill Hoath Farm joining the Eden Valley Walk before you reach the farm. Walk past the farm and bear right onto a lane (grid ref. TQ497446). Turn left and continue following the Eden Valley Walk.

(1)After 400 metres bear right at a junction staying on the Eden Valley Walk which is followed to reach a lane (grid ref. TQ490446). Cross the road and continue following the Eden Valley Walk around the boundary of Park Wood and onto the road at Hever (grid ref. TQ476448).

(2)Turn left along the road and almost immediately take the first lane on the left passing a school on your left. The path heads south, crosses a road (grid ref. TQ476444) and continues heading south to join a road (grid ref. TQ475437). Bear left along this road and follow for about a kilometre until your reach the crossroads in the centre of Markbeech (grid ref. TQ475427).

(3)Turn left and walk east for 600 metres to reach a T-junction (grid ref. TQ481430). Go straight ahead here following a track through Newtye Hurst wood. After 2.5 km you reach Hill Hoath Farm from where you retrace your outward route back to the start in Chiddingstone village.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 194ft - Start: footpath opposite Glebe House
1 : mi 0.82 - alt. 217ft - Bear right at junction
2 : mi 2.06 - alt. 171ft - Turn left along road
3 : mi 3.37 - alt. 420ft - Turn left at crossroads
D/A : mi 5.85 - alt. 194ft - Finish: footpath opposite Glebe House

Useful Information

For accommodation in the local area, contact Becketts Bed and Breakfast, a beautiful 300 year old Listed barn in the heart of the Kentish countryside on the door step of Hever Castle, Penshurst Place and Chartwell.
www.becketts-bandb.co.uk

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The Kent village of Chiddingstone is well-preserved and owned by the National Trust. Its Tudor buildings reflect the architecture of the period with the Castle Inn and Tulip Tree tearooms amongst the most memorable. On street parking is available (grid ref. TQ501451) although do remember to park considerately. The walk also provides the opportunity to visit Hever Castle.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 3.44/5
Number of opinions : 3
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 2.67/5
Walk interest : 3.67/5


Walker
on Mon 08 Jun 2020 11:10:36 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 07/06/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

Nice walk but there was a very long section on the road, which was fairly busy. Would probably not be suitable for children or dogs.


Walker
on Mon 06 Jan 2020 09:13:02 CET

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 01/01/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Average

We walked this route in the 1st January. It was extremely muddy as the area is largely clay and it had rained recently. The directions are very scant and the paths weren’t obvious at times which contributed to us losing our way and walking the third section by road. The walk goes through quite a few woods so views are restricted at times. However I can imagine that in dryer months with more direction it would be a lovely walk.


Moderator hiker
on Sat 26 May 2018 08:44:28 CEST

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Walker
on Mon 21 May 2018 15:56:11 CEST

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 07/05/18
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

The description on this walk was not good enough for us to not go off track on two occasions. The first happened at the start of the walk which meant when we were on the return leg and had to rejoin the path we were supposed to have taken at the start we got lost again as we had not actually taken that route.
It was a lovely walk through shaded woods and then out into areas with great views.

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