June: Hucking and North Downs
Distance: 8.7 Miles (4.5 Hours)
OS Map: Explorer 148 (Start at grid reference
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Park in Woodland Trust car park on Hucking Estate.
The location is can be reached from junction 8 of
M20 by taking A20 towards Lenham, first left through
Eyhorne Street and Hollingbourne, follow signs to
Hucking then Hook and Hatchet into Church Road when the
car park is soon on your left.
Cross Church Road, go over stile
and make for kissing gate through fence on right.
Through gate, cross rough meadow to lane.
Take path opposite.
Follow right hand edge of field to gate.
Through gate, immediately go through another gate
on left and follow right hand edge of field downhill and
through another gate to bottom of dry valley.
Turn left along valley bottom through wood,
keeping left at fork, to lane.
Take path into wood opposite and
almost immediately take a path on right and climb
steadily through wood to a field.
Bear left and go uphill along boundary between
orchard on left and field on right.
At far side go right along hedge until you reach
Over stile, bear left to far corner of field and over
stile into lane.
Turn right until there is a path
through a gap in a hedge just before a locked gate.
Take path uphill with hedge on right and cross
meeting track at far side, turn left along it.
Take path on right and head diagonally across
field to point were line of pylons crosses hedge.
Search for stile in hedge and on the other side
bear right across paddock to another stile into lane.
Turn right along lane then,
immediately opposite driveway to Swanton Court, go over
not very visible stile in hedge.
Cross field diagonally and cross railway to
Cross field diagonally and cross railway again,
keeping to left of station.
Descend bank to wooden gate then cross wild area
to another wooden gate.
Cross next field diagonally, climbing to stile at
highest corner of field.
Turn right down lane and just
before the valley bottom take track on left through
reaching asphalt track bear left across it and through
track across fields, turning left at corner and after a
while re-entering woods through gate on right.
Follow track for further half mile to lane.
Turn left then take track through
barrier on right.
After a few metres take footpath on right through
hedge then diagonally across field for half a mile into
track downhill through wood, soon offering fine views of
North Downs on right.
On emerging from wood head downhill diagonally
across field to hedge.
Continue through hedge, down steps and diagonally
across field to lane.
Turn right and continue into Hollingbourne. Turn
right uphill at the crossroads and take a path up the
bank on the left just before the “National Speed Limit”
sign. Follow right hand edge of field to gate then bear
left steeply uphill to North Downs Way post. Turn left
and follow NDW until you re-enter the Woodland Trust’s
Hucking Estate. Turn right, leaving NDW which goes
left, along broad track passing an old chalk pit inside
a fenced area. When track bears right, take path on
left then almost immediately go over stile on right.
Follow track, bearing left after 300m, to junction.
Turn right and at sign take path through gate on right
back to car park
Points of Interest
Bought by the Woodland Trust in 1997, the farmland is
being returned to woodland and chalk grassland to
encourage restoration of classic downland habitat.
Peacock butterfly at Hucking
Common blue butterfly at Hucking
Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway
A train set to envy. More details here:
Attractive old houses and a pub, The Dirty Habit, the
name perhaps reflecting the state of dress of travellers
on the adjacent Pilgrims Way.
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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