Cowden to Hever October 22nd
This is a 10 mile walk. Take the 9.07 from London Bridge Station to meet at Cowden, 9.53. Buy return to Cowden, but the walk will end at Hever where there is an hourly service at 5 minutes past each hour. Whilst we will aim to return on the 16.05, it is not unlikely that we will need to wait until 17.05 arriving at London Bridge 17.53. There is a pub at Hever but it is a fast 15 minute walk to the station from the pub.
The morning is possibly the better half of a very pleasant walk, but is also the more difficult half. There are more hills and includes a short but very steep ascent where we cross a stream. Poles will be very useful at this point, and some mud seems likely given the forecast during this week.
Lunch is at Penshurst, either in the pub or your own lunch in the attractive churchyard. There are options to reach the village by bus, and those who wish a short walk may wish to join us at between 12.30 and 1pm and complete the afternoon section. The afternoon is relatively easy although not flat, and approximately 5 miles.
A note on getting the bus to Penshurst. Bus routes 231 and 233 run between Edenbridge and Tunbridge Wells, stopping at Penshurst en route. The simplest in train ticketing terms is to take the train to Edenbridge Town which is the stop before Hever – so buy a return ticket to Hever. (NB there are two train stations in Edenbridge – you want Edenbridge Town.) Exit the station via a lane called Station Approach, and the bus stop is on the first main road you come to (Station Road). Either: get the 10.07 train from London Bridge, arriving Edenbridge Town 10.45; then get the 233 bus at 11.05, arriving in Penshurst at 11.35. Or: get the 11.07 train, arriving at 11.45, then the 231 bus at 12.35, arriving in Penshurst at 13.05. (The first will give you time to wander round Penshurst; the second may make your lunch time a bit brief.) Please let Tony know if you are doing either of these. (Janet, who is writing this travel note, plans to get the 10.07 train. If you want to know about alternatives travelling either from Penshurst Station – which is NOT close to Penshurst village – or Tunbridge Wells, please contact Janet or email firstname.lastname@example.org. )