Sevenoaks to Westerham, 18 June
Walk info: The morning section is mainly on a gradual incline with a bit of downhill – the afternoon has steeper hills (up and down) and includes going up 79 steps with no railing to hold on to. A walking pole would be advisable if so required. In good weather we’ll enjoy some views as well.
Travel (some changes):
Outward journey: Charing Cross depart @ 09.45 – arrive Sevenoaks @ 10.19 (or from Waterloo East @ 09.48 or London Bridge @ 09.54). I will be joining our train at Waterloo East [please DON’T be tempted to take the 09.34 slow train at Charing X to Sevenoaks as it’s a multiple stopping service and will get there much later than ours]. Loos in Sevenoaks station are located on the right side just before exiting the ticket barriers so please make sure you use them before you go through the barriers.
Return journey from Westerham: Since I last led this walk the bus service back to Sevenoaks has changed and there will be no bus returning to Sevenoaks station by the time we’ll arrive in Westerham. Instead, we’ll have to take bus no. 246 towards North Bromley (leaving from Westerham Green @ 22′ and 52′ past the hour and after 6pm it’ll run only once per hour @ 22′ past). En-route it’ll stop at Hayes railway station (approx 30′ travel time) and at Bromley South railway station (approx 40′ travel time) from where trains can be picked up into London as follows:
Hayes has a half-hourly service to Charing Cross (via London Bridge and Waterloo East) and a half-hourly service to Cannon Street station (via London Bridge). Bromley South has several direct trains per hour back to Victoria station.
NB: Freedom pass or 60+ Oyster card holders should buy a ‘single ticket to Sevenoaks’ – all other travel back from Westerham (bus and trains) is free. If you are not eligible for free travel, you’ll need two single tickets, one to Sevenoaks and one back from either Hayes or Bromley South station, depending on which route would suit you best. You’ll also have to pay for the bus journey.
Lunch: The Cock Inn at Ide Hill – anyone wishing to eat in the pub, please let me know by Thursday 16th. The Cock Inn is an old-fashioned friendly country pub, but the choice for vegetarians/vegans is limited. For picnickers, there are benches across from the pub on the village green.
No breakoff point: Sorry, but there’s no easy way to leave early as on a Saturday there’re no bus service from Ide Hill – it’d require booking a taxi back to Sevenoaks.
Besides all that, happy walking!! Sigrid