Kent Ramblers Walk 21



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Walk 21: Toy's Hill and Ide Hill

Distance:  4.7 Miles (2 hours)

OS Map:   Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ469517)

Park in the free car park at Toy’s Hill.

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Leave the car park by the entrance and cross the road to the footpath opposite.  Pass an information board and take the left fork.  At a junction of five paths with two waymark posts, take the path just right of straight on (the second one on the right).  Just a few metres down this path, turn sharp right onto a path that descends quite steeply, leading to steps down to Scords Lane.  Go straight across, down the drive that leads to Scords Farm.  When the drive bends sharp left, take a footpath on the right at the corner downhill between fences.

On emerging in another drive with two metal gates opposite, go through the right hand gate.  Carry straight on to a metal gate ahead and go through.  Follow the path across a field and into another field.  Half way across field, on passing the corner of a wood that sticks out into the field on the left, bear slightly right and climb up to a kissing gate adjacent to a field gate in the hedge.  Go through the gate into the lane.

Turn left downhill.  As soon as the road bends slightly to the right, take the track on the left just before a house (Drovers).  Pass on field gate and just before two more, go through a kissing gate on the right.  Bear diagonally downhill across clearing to a gate at the lowest corner.  Go through the gate, cross one field to gate and go straight across next field to corner of a wood that sticks out into it.

Follow field edge with the wood on your left.  Through next gate bear right uphill and along track (stony at first, then concrete) to Henden Manor.  The track forks.  The left fork leads to where you want to go, but the right of way goes down the right fork and then turns left in front of a pair of houses, so that you go along two sides of a triangle.  Follow the track through the farm, keeping left past Henden Manor behind tall hedge and continue, passing Keepers House, until you reach a road.  Turn left up the road for 100 metres then turn right along track.

When you reach Chains Farm, keep left and go through (or past) a couple of kissing gates into a large field.  Don’t go through the gateway immediately on the left but a few metres further on bear left for 50m then right, climbing steadily with falling ground and panoramic views including Bough Beech Reservoir on your right.  Keep climbing past a small pond to Boarhill.  Go through the gate into the drive and up the hill.  When the drive bends sharp left, take a path (SR243) on the right that goes steeply uphill through Hanging Bank wood with several sections of steps and handrails; ignore right turn.  When you reach a broader, more level path at a T-junction, turn left and follow to a grass mini-roundabout.  Take the farthest track on the right along the fence and follow downhill to the road.

Turn left along the main road, getting fine view of Bough Beech Reservoir on the left.  Cross to a car park on the right and keep to the left of the toilets (the Community Shop above the toilets serves refreshments) to cross a side road and enter the National Trust woodland of Ide Hill.  Keep left and follow a path that runs parallel with the road, initially climbing, next descending and then climbing again to a stone seat commemorating Octavia Hill.  Carry straight on past the seat to a triple fork in the path.  The right fork carries the Greensand Way, but you should take the left fork.  Descend through the wood, cross two streams and then ascend along the edge of the wood (which should be on your right).  When the wood finishes go through a gate and turn sharp left downhill.  Initially the hedge is on your left but at the bottom, after a section with no hedge, it is on your right.

Cross a footbridge over a stream and go straight uphill, through a gate (installed by Sevenoaks Ramblers in memory of John Charles) between two copses and on to gateposts at the top of the field.  Turn left along the field edge until you reach a bench offering more fine views of Ide Hill and glimpses of Bough Beech Reservoir.  Just past the bench, go through a gate into the wood.  Follow the path (Greensand Way) uphill, ignoring any side paths, until you return to the junction of five paths that you passed at the beginning of the walk.  Take the second path on the left to return to the car park the way you came.

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Points of Interest

Henden Manor

Henry VIII stayed here when visiting Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle.

Octavia Hill (1838-1912)

A campaigner for better housing for the London poor, Octavia Hill had a cottage at nearby Crockham Hill and was involved in founding both the Commons Protection Society (now the Open Spaces Society) and the National Trust.

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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