Kent Ramblers

Walk 2

Walk 2: Cudham, Luxted and Berry’s Green

Distance: 3.5 Miles (1.5 Hours)

OS Map: Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ446597)

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Park in car park at Cudham recreation ground (on left, just past Blacksmith’s Arms, when approaching from Green Street Green). No charge. Closing times vary from as early as 4.30pm in December to 8.30pm in May.

Leave car park at north end (by the noticeboard) on metalled path past tennis court and toilets. On reaching churchyard, follow metalled path round to left, past church and into Church Approach. Descend to Cudham Lane and cross carefully into Church Hill. Bear left at a junction but almost immediately take footpath on right. Do not take the path going forward but turn sharp left down steps (waymarked Berrys Green Circular Walk) then through gate and down hill on right hand side of field. Pass redundant stile and carry straight on down to valley bottom and up the other side into wood. Climb through wood and between houses to Single Street.

Cross road and take path between houses to field. Turn sharp right and follow path along top edge of fields, eventually between fences, to road at Luxted. Turn left and follow road carefully. When road soon bears right, carry straight on down Birdhouse Lane signposted to Downe Activity Centre. Follow lane downhill, up the other side and through middle of Downe Scout Activity Centre. Go through gap to left of white metal gate marked “No Vehicles”; soon the track becomes a path between hedges. Emerge into fields and follow left hand edges to Jail Lane. Turn right (taking care and using left hand side of road for maximum visibility) until footpath sign on left (to Biggin Hill ¾m).

Take path along edge of field, past copse on left and over stile. Continue along right hand edge of field a short distance to another stile. Do not cross this stile but turn left uphill with fence on your right and follow waymarks, ignoring a right turn, until you reach the asphalt drive to a golf club. Cross drive carefully into golf course and follow yellow waymarks across golf course. After leaving golf course cross a couple of fields to road at Berry’s Green.

Go straight across into Restavon Park, an estate of prefabricated homes. Follow drive downhill and soon after it bends to left there is a signposted path on right. Follow this between homes into wood. Continue downhill, out of wood, down to valley bottom and up the other side. Path emerges onto New Barn Lane. Cross carefully and take path up steps on far side. Continue to Cudham Lane. Turn left and return to car park.

Farm Conservation Scheme

This section of the walk passes through grassland created from formerly arable fields.  It is used to grow hay rich in local species to create grassland typical of the North Downs such as the common knapweed and wild carrot, below.

     

The purplish-red flowers at the centre of the wild carrot floret were considered by the herbalist Nicholas Culpeper to be an aid to conception when boiled in wine and drunk

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

Ramblers' volunteers in Kent work tirelessly to ensure that our paths are as well protected and maintained as possible.  Of course we also organise led walks but most of our members are independent walkers who simply want to support our footpath work.  Please join us and become a supporter too.  You need us and we really need you.


If you find that the directions and map for this walk are incorrect in any way, please report the problem to info@kentramblers.org.uk.

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