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September: Jeskyns and Luddesdown

Distance:     8.3 Miles (4hr 15m)

OS Map:      Explorer 163 (Start at grid reference TQ661699)

 

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Park in the car park at Jeskyns Community Woodland (3.50 for the day).

Return to car park entrance and turn left along footway alongside Henhurst Road.  When footway ends cross road and soon take path on right.  Follow hedge on left for 80 metres then continue along narrow grassy strip between fields.  On reaching fencing round house, keep left of fence to Church Road.

Go straight across along slightly meandering path through scrubby woodland, passing converted oast houses, to farm track and turn left towards Ifield Court.  At fork bear right and at staggered junction of four tracks take left turn along Wealdway.  Follow left hand edge of field, at corner turn right and at next corner turn left along path descending along left hand edge of very large field.  After lowest point path start climbing, soon between hedges follow all the way to lane at Nash Street.

Turn left and when lane ends continue forward along bridleway.  At junction of paths by a gate, turn left still following bridleway, downhill and then up again.  Keep right at junctions with woodland on left and fields on right to Copt Hall Road.

Take path opposite along left hand edge of field.  At corner bear left through hedge and diagonally across next field to White Post Lane.

Turn right and after 50 metres take path on left.  At T-junction turn left, soon reaching Manor Road.  Turn right and follow uphill to T-junction at top by parish hall and with village shop opposite.  Turn right along Sole Street, becoming Camer Road as you pass the railway station on your right.

When road starts to bear right, take track on left, after just a few metres bearing right with woodland on right and open fields on left.  Follow track round left hand bend then gently right past a couple of houses.  After a section of woodland on right, follow left hand edge of open field then through short section of woodland into vineyard.  Head down right hand side of vineyard to gate and into open field.  Turn left along top of field, soon becoming a vineyard, and after 190 metres at seat on left turn right down fenced path through vineyard.  Beyond bottom, head uphill keeping to right of line of trees ahead and emerge through hedge onto lane.

Go straight across up steps, cross field to protruding corner of hedge and turn left with hedge on right.  Continue to corner and emerge at junction of lanes at Luddesdown.  Turn right along private drive past church on right and old barn on left.  Soon after drive bears slightly right, go through gate on left down left hand edge of field and up towards corner.  30 metres before corner take path on left along ridge between vineyards with fine view of Luddesdown on left.  At far side go straight through hedge and turn left along left hand edge of yet another vineyard.  Just before track descends to farm ahead, go through gap in hedge on right onto Cutter Ridge Road and turn left.

Follow lane down to T-junction and turn left past the Golden Lion on left.  Shortly take track on right climbing quite steeply along right hand side of vineyard.  Immediately after seat on right, take path on right through thin section of woodland and along straight path between vineyards.  Go through strip of woodland at far side then diagonally across field to Henley Street.

Turn left for a few metres then take path on right uphill between fences.  Emerging into field, bear slightly right to top corner, cross small paddock and go through kissing gate into thin strip of woodland.  Follow path round to right and along right hand edge of fields to lane.

Turn left and immediately after crossing bridge over railway take path on right up left hand side of field.  Keep going in same direction, eventually through churchyard to The Street at Cobham.

Turn left past large house set back from road on right and then turn right down track, soon taking path between fences on left.  Emerge in cul-de-sac and bear right to T-junction.  Turn right uphill and at corner turn left along track.  Immediately past next corner go through gate on left into Jeskyns Community Woodland and head diagonally downhill.  Cross track at bottom and keep going in same direction on gravel path bearing left and then right at T-junction back to car park (or take the route of your choice through the country park). 

Points of Interest

Ifield Court 

This Grade II listed building is late 18th century, of brown brick and slate roof, built onto a 15th century manor, parts of which remain.

Cobham

A charming village famous for the Leather Bottle Inn which featured in the writings of Charles Dickens.


In addition to the walking routes on our web site we have published three popular walking guides:

Guide to Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk and other walks in the area

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


Please report any problems with this walk to info@kentramblers.org.uk.


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Map contains Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database rights 2020.  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