Walk 52: Sevenoaks Weald and Elses Farm
3.9 Miles (1h 50m)
Map: Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ527508)
Park in Sevenoaks Weald. There is usually room to park on the road alongside the village green near the school. The village is easily approached from the A21 – drive straight through the village to reach the village green on the other side.
From the school head out of the village (heading south past the shop) along Long Barn Road. On passing the Long Barn on the left, the last building where the road bends right, take a footpath on the left between fences. A few yards along the path go through a stile on the right and cross a field passing two large oak trees. At far side, bear right, cross a footbridge and continue along field edge to lane.
Turn left, soon passing footpath signs on both sides of the road. Half way along next field take a footpath on the left through a stile by an oak tree. Go straight across field, cross a footbridge and climb some steps. Go uphill across the next field and through two gates at the top. Follow left hand edge of next two fields to reach the lane.
Turn left then right into Eggpie Lane. After a few yards take footpath on left and go straight down long field, eventually bearing very slightly left to far corner. Go through gate and along curving right hand edge of field, ignoring path going off on right, to gate in corner. Follow right hand edges of three more fields to track and down to road.
Turn left past Giacomo’s Italian restaurant on right. When road bends left opposite Elses Farm, take footpath down track on right. Continue past cricket field at a stile bear left. At fork in path bear right and continue uphill to Glebe Road.
Turn right and take path on left just before church. On reaching Church Road, turn right and take path on left just past junction.
Follow left hand edge of field. When line of bushes bears right, take path through a gap straight down to footbridge over stream at bottom. Bear right uphill making for the oast house at the top. In top corner of field next to oast house, go over stile and turn right along drive. Past oast house turn right then almost immediately left between farm buildings and through gate. Bear slightly right downhill across field, go through small wood, cross stream and bear right across next field to stile by gate in corner. Bear right uphill between farm buildings, go over stile and bear left across a couple more fields into lane by Wickhurst Manor.
Turn left and follow Wickhurst Road (really just a farm track) back to Sevenoaks Weald. Turn right along road to return to school.
Barn – the home of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson before
their move to Sissinghurst.
1904 to 1906 the home of the poet Edward Thomas (1878-1917).
The farm featured in his book The Heart of England.
Thomas was killed in action at the Battle of Arras.
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