April: Toy's Hill and Ide Hill
Distance: 4.7 Miles (2 hours)
OS Map: Explorer 147 (Start at grid
Park in the free car park at Toy’s Hill.
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Leave the car park by the entrance and cross the road
to the footpath opposite. Pass an information
board and take the left fork. At a junction of
five paths with two waymark posts, take the path just
right of straight on (the second one on the right).
Just a few metres down this path, turn sharp right onto
a path that descends quite steeply, leading to steps
down to Scords Lane. Go straight across, down the
drive that leads to Scords Farm. When the drive
bends sharp left, take a footpath on the right at the
corner downhill between fences.
On emerging in another drive with two metal gates
opposite, go through the right hand gate. Carry
straight on to a metal gate ahead and go through.
Follow the path across a field and into another field.
Half way across field, on passing the corner of a wood
that sticks out into the field on the left, bear
slightly right and climb up to a kissing gate in the
hedge. Go through the gate into the lane.
Turn left downhill. As soon as the road bends
slightly to the right, take the track on the left just
before a house (Drovers). At a second pair of
field gates, go through a kissing gate on the right.
Bear right downhill across clearing to a gate at the
lowest corner. Go through the gate and straight
across the next field to the corner of a wood that
sticks out into it. Halfway over, you cross a
hedge and a stream.
At the corner of the wood, follow the field edge with
the wood on your left. Beyond the next gate (at
lowest point) bear right uphill through a gate and along
concrete track to Henden Manor. The track forks.
The left fork leads to where you want to go, but the
right of way goes down the right fork and then turns
left just before a house, so that you go along two sides
of a triangle. Follow the track through the farm,
past Henden Manor and carry on, passing Keepers House,
until you reach a road. Turn left up the road and
then take a track on the right just after Oakwood Lodge.
When you reach Chains Farm, keep left and go through
a couple of kissing gates into a large field. Bear
left (but don’t go through the gateway immediately on
the left) and follow a track to the highest point of the
field. The path beyond is fairly obvious, taking
you past a pond to Boarhill. Go through the gate
into the drive and up the hill. When the drive
bends sharp left, take a path on the right that goes
steeply uphill through Hanging Bank wood with several
sections of steps and handrails. When you reach a
broader, more level path, turn left and follow to a
grass mini-roundabout. Take the farthest track on
the right along the fence and follow downhill to the
Turn left along the main road, getting fine view of
Bough Beech Reservoir on the left. Cross to a car
park on the right and keep to the left of the toilets
(the Community Shop above the toilets serves
refreshments) to cross a side road and enter the
National Trust woodland of Ide Hill. Keep left and
follow a path that runs parallel with the road,
initially climbing, next descending and then climbing
again to a stone seat commemorating Octavia Hill.
Carry straight on past the seat to a triple fork in the
path. The right fork carries the Greensand Way,
but you should take the left fork. Descend through
the wood, cross two streams and then ascend along the
edge of the wood (which should be on your right).
When the wood finishes go through a gate and turn sharp
left downhill. Initially the hedge is on your left
but at the bottom, after a section with no hedge, it is
on your right.
Cross a footbridge over a stream and go straight
uphill, over a stile by a gate between two copses and on
to a superfluous stile and gateposts at the top of the
field. Turn left along the field edge until you
reach a bench offering more fine views of Ide Hill and
Bough Beech Reservoir. Just past the bench, go
through a gate into the wood. Follow the path
(Greensand Way) uphill, ignoring any side paths, until
you return to the junction of five paths that you passed
at the beginning of the walk. Take the second path
on the left to return to the car park the way you came.
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Points of Interest
Henry VIII stayed here when
visiting Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle.
Octavia Hill (1838-1912)
A campaigner for better housing for
the London poor, Octavia Hill had a cottage at nearby
Crockham Hill and was involved in founding both the
Commons Protection Society (now the Open Spaces Society)
and the National Trust.
In addition to the walking routes on our web site we
have published two popular walking guides:
Guide to the
Kent Coast Path: Part 1, Camber to Ramsgate
Guide to Three
River Valley Walks in West Kent: Darent Valley Path,
Eden Valley Walk and Medway Valley Walk
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Map contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright
and database rights 2018. Some paths on map are based
on data provided by Kent County Council but do not
constitute legal evidence of the line of a right of way