Borough Green Circular, 11 June
The 9.25 Ramsgate train from Victoria is due to arrive at 10.07 at Borough Green & Wrotham station. The train does not stop at Clapham Junction, but it does stop at Bromley South and Swanley. There are toilets on the train and at the station.
This is a walk through many and varied woods and some fields, with occasional beautiful views across valleys. There is a lot of going up and down, mostly not steep, but there are a few steepish climbs and descents. There is mud in some of the woods, particularly churned up on the bridleways.
The morning is about 3 hours of walking and the afternoon is about 2.5 hours.
On the way, there are close-up views of 2 sides of Ightham Mote, Elizabethan/Tudor houses in Ightham village, Oast Houses, a very rare plant called bog bean (Menyanthes Trifoliata), a stroll through an apple orchard and through the grounds of Fairlawne House, which was home of the Cazalets (trainers of the late Queen Mother’s horses) and then was owned by racehorse owner Prince Khalid Abdullah until he died in 2021.
Lunch The lunch stop is the National Trust Cafe at Ightham Mote. There isn’t anywhere wonderful nearby for a picnic, so those eating their own food may want to sit in the outside area of the Cafe and complement your sandwiches with some NT drinks and, possibly, cake!
Dropouts Unfortunately, there are no easy opportunities for leaving the walk early by public transport. You may be able to order a taxi from the lunch stop at Ightham Mote Cafe to Borough Green & Wrotham station (4 miles) or Sevenoaks (7 miles).
Hazards A walking stick/pole will be useful for the steepish ascents and descents.
There are crossings of a busy dual carriageway and some walking along country lanes, so the usual warnings apply – listen to the leader’s guidance, take responsibility for your own safety and walk single file along narrow roads.