Ringlestone and High Wood from Harrietsham

A pleasant walk through the Kent countryside of the North Downs. The route uses a paths and sections of trackways to complete the circuit. The start can be reached by train from London Victoria station.

Technical sheet
No. 293312
A Harrietsham walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 06/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h05[?]
Distance Distance : 7.84mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 505ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 515ft
Highest point Highest point : 646ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 262ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Harrietsham
Starting point Starting point : N 51.24493° / E 0.67273°
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Description

(D/A) This walk explores the countryside to the north of Harrietsham and starts from the railway station (grid ref. TQ866529) which lies on the London Victoria to Canterbury West line. An hourly service also serves Ashford and Maidstone amongst other stations. From the station take the footpath heading towards Hillside Farm and the Pilgrims Way which follows an ancient track. Turn left along the Pilgrims Way and take the first footpath on the right. This leads across rising land to Lower Deans Farm (grid ref. TQ872545). Cross the farm access road and take the footpath opposite.

(1) The path goes half right across a field to skirt a small wood which will be on your right, ignoring the path going left. The route continues around the small wood to its north-western corner from where it continues along the edge of a field (hedge to your left) to reach a lane (grid ref. TQ873552). Cross the lane and continue north-east across a large field to reach another lane at the Ringlestone Inn.

(2) Turn right along the lane and almost immediately left to walk along an access track. This leads into a footpath and a junction of paths. Ignore the path to the right instead walking ahead to cross fields to reach the access road to Park Farm. Cross this access road and take the footpath opposite walking half left. The path leads to a lane near Yewtree Farm (grid ref. TQ877569).

(3) Turn right along the lane for approximately 150 metres and take the signed footpath on your left. Aim half left across two fields to the corner of a wood. Bear half right here aiming for the opposite field corner. Pass through a narrow strip of woodland and go left around an old chalk pit before veering to your right to follow the onward path. The path turn sharp right at grid ref. TQ868570) and crosses a field to reach Drake Lane. Turn left along this lane and follow to a Ringlestone Road (grid ref. TQ865557).

(4) Bear left for a short way and then continue to follow Drake Lane on the right. Reaching the northern edge of Salisbury Wood, follow Drake Lane as it bends right. Continue to follow the lane through High Wood and down to the Pilgrims Way (grid ref. TQ853545). Turn left along the Pilgrims Way and follow the clear path for just over three-quarters of a mile to reach a footpath crossing (grid ref. TQ865540). Turn right and walk south to Goddington. Pass under the railway, Take the first footpath on your left and follow the railway back to the station in Harrietsham (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 315ft - Railway station
1 : mi 1.48 - alt. 627ft - Go half right
2 : mi 2.27 - alt. 604ft - Ringlestone Inn, turn right
3 : mi 3.03 - alt. 551ft - Yewtree Farm, turn right
4 : mi 4.72 - alt. 627ft - Bear left
D/A : mi 7.85 - alt. 312ft - Railway station

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 17 Aug 2020 09:59:25 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 16/08/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Really pleasant walk

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