The walk takes you through typical 'Garden of England' orchards, across a centuries-old farm and past historic landmarks and former WWI inland defences.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Walk starts at the end of Orchard Drive, ME9 7NN where there is on-road parking.
(D) Turn left then right onto the footpath ZR62. Follow the footpath through the orchards. Walk through the large gap in the hedge then dog-leg right and left following the yellow footpath marker. At the narrow gap, take the short, steep slope into the next orchard. Go straight over the open grassed area and into the next orchard.
(1) At the line of trees ahead, turn left. Continue towards the metal barn as the line of trees changes from the right-hand side to the left-hand side. Before the metal barn, take the footpath on the left that crosses the field diagonally. At the round metal structure, turn right. Follow the hedgerow around the outside of the orchard. About halfway along the second side of the hedgerow, look out for the partially concealed yellow footpath marker. Follow it through the gap and turn left to walk around the outside of the grassed area.
(2) Go through the gate into Wormdale Hill and continue straight ahead, ignoring the turning into Bull Lane.
(3) At Wormdale Farm, take byway ZR64 on the left. Pass through three gates then cross the stile onto footpath ZR72 on the right. Keep the brick wall on your right until you see the footpath marker pointing diagonally left. Go through the gate and continue across the field. Cross the stile onto Sittingbourne and Milton Regis Golf Club and follow the footpath between the wider gaps between trees. Head for the small hut by the tee opposite, the route is indicated by yellow marks on the trees. DO NOT CROSS THE FAIRWAYS UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE GOLFERS. Go to the left of the tee. A mown area marks the entrance to the footpath.
(4) At the t-junction turn left onto ZR72A and then left again onto byway ZR66. As the footpath emerges from the undergrowth, take the left-hand fork. Continue up the hill. At the brow of the hill, you can take a short detour along the small track to Monkey Island. If you do, return by this same track. Otherwise, continue straight ahead to Cranbrook Wood.
(5) At the wood, turn left onto byway ZR65. Continue straight until you reach Callaways Lane. Your walk ends here.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 141ft - Orchard Drive
1 : mi 0.47 - alt. 151ft - Line of trees
2 : mi 0.83 - alt. 184ft - Wormdale Road
3 : mi 1.16 - alt. 200ft - Wormdale Farm
4 : mi 1.6 - alt. 141ft - T-junction
5 : mi 2.11 - alt. 207ft - Cranbrook Wood
A : mi 2.69 - alt. 148ft - Callaways Lane
There are no toilet facilities or water points on the route.
There is one short section of road walking. Take care, walk on the right and keep dogs and children close.
Directions given are advisory. You are responsible for your safety at all times.
All historic information is taken from Newington Times Past and Newington Street and Place Names by Thelma Dudley.
Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.
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