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Chevening and Turvin's Farm

Distance:  2.5 Miles (1h 10m)

OS Map:   Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ489577)

 

Park near the Church at Chevening.

Take the path that leaves from the north side of the churchyard (to the right of some garages as seen with your back to the church) along a track between hedges.  When you emerge through a gate into an open field, keep to the left hand edge.  Pass a gate on the left at the lowest point of the field and another (marked “Private Keep Out”) just as you reach woodland over the fence on your left as you climb the hill.  Continue up the hill with the woodland on your left, climbing a bank to keep close to the fence until you reach a stile.  Go over the stile and up a steep path between fences through wood to field.

Go to the top left corner of the field, turn right along the top of the field and go left through gate.  Turn right along a broad ride between two woods.  At the end of the ride, bear right along the edge of the wood.  Do not take the path into the wood that you soon meet on the right but carry on until you come to a kissing gate by a larger gate offering fine views towards Sevenoaks to the left and Chevening to the right.

Go through the gate and keep left following the top of the grassland with the wood on your left.  At the end of the woodland, head straight downhill, over a stile and along the left hand edge of a field to the road.

Turn right and follow the road extremely carefully to the first bend.  Half way round the bend, take the path on the right (can be muddy after heavy rain) just before a house.  Follow this path in more or less the same direction into Chevening churchyard and back to your car.

Chevening House…

… was designed by Inigo Jones and built in the early 17th century.  It was owned for many years by the Stanhope family and was given to the nation in 1959 to become the official country residence of a Government Minister selected by the Prime Minister, usually the Foreign Secretary.

The fourth Earl of Stanhope was a mathematician who studied maze design and introduced the “island maze” in order to defeat people who navigate mazes by keeping one hand on the wall.  He built a maze at Chevening in 1820.


Our book of Ten Favourite Walks in the Kent Countryside has routes for ten more walks like this one.

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