Walk 78: Kearsney Abbey and Lydden Temple Ewell
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This walk is included in the programme for the 2015 White
Cliffs Walking Festival. Please join us on 30 August to enjoy
the walk in good company with an expert leader (booking required).
10.8 Miles (5 Hours)
OS Map: Explorer
138 (Start at grid reference TR288438)
Part 1: Kearsney Abbey to Lydden
Start at Kearsney Abbey Car Park at TR 2876 4382 near the toilets.
Exit the CP where the cars enter. Cross the road and turn right. Then go left into Scotland Common at TR 2874 4386. Continue bending left and follow this road uphill.
At the top pass Summerhill Lodge on your left. Then bear right heading west through the trees initially on the right hand track to avoid the mud. Rejoin the main track and continue west, keeping left to avoid the worst of the mud. At the end of the trees, go through the gate into a field. Keep to the left hand side of the hedge on your right still going west. At the end of the field, keep to the right of the clump of trees and go through the gate and along the track between two hedges still keeping westerly.
After 600 metres, with Minnis Farm on your left, turn right opposite the stockyard at TR 2622 4365, go through the gate and cross the field on a bearing of 324 degrees to the stile into the woods at TR 2613 4380. Carry straight on down through the woods and turn left on the path at the bottom. After 350 m at the end of the woods, continue southwest over the stile next to the iron gate. Do not continue through the kissing gate, but turn right up the field along the left hand side of the woods. At the top of the rise, head northwest across the field to the stile by the woods at the right hand end of a fence.
Continue along the left hand side of the wood around two corners. At the second corner, go north across the field to the gate in the hedge opposite. Go over the stile to the left of the gate into the road (Warren Lane) and walk left. After 670 m turn right onto Byway 122 and follow it west. At the gate turn right and walk with the fence on your left into the woods. Go on the FP down through the woods into a field. Continue straight down the field northwest to the track at the bottom and then turn right. At the end of the clump of trees on your right, turn left up the field north through a gate then immediately through another gate up through the woods. Go straight through the woods and follow the track to the road.
Cross over into the road to Swanton Farms. Keep to the right of the buildings. At the end opposite the last buildings enter bridleway ER121 over the final speed bump and then go left northwest on the farm track to its end (for 520 m). Then turn half right (through 45 degrees) and take the path due north on the left hand side of the new hedge. At its end go through the gap in the corner of the next hedge and continue north on the left hand side of this hedge. Then follow this hedge round to the left and go under the pylon. Continue, following this hedge round to the right. Then at the field corner go straight on (north) into the trees and over a stile. Continue north in the field along the left hand side of the fence and over the stile at TR 2389 4632 into the road next to Birches Farm.
Turn right and walk along the road to the sharp left hand bend at TR 2433 4640. At this point carry on straight up the byway. Near the top go under the pylon wires and continue downhill. Where the path bends sharp left, go right over the stile into the field. Carry straight on (south) over another stile into the field on your right. Continue on in the same direction to the bottom of this field and over a stile into the road.
Turn right and walk up the road. Pass cottages on your right. When you come to the mansion turn left through the gate and go sharp left (east) to a stile into the woods. Walk straight through the woods and over a stile into a field and go slightly right to go over another stile. Then head east across the field to the right end of the fir trees. Go over the cattle grid and down the right hand side of the fence and into the road at the bottom. Then turn left to the old A2 and right to The Lydden Bell.
You have now completed the first and longest part of this two-part walk. It was 12 km (7.5 miles).
Part 2: Lydden Temple Ewell Nature Reserve
From the Lydden Bell cross the road, turn right and walk up the main road east towards Dover.
After 230 m, turn left on FP ER116 on a bearing of 20 deg.
Keep on this path to the gate at TR 2650 4564. Do not take the path left to the church before this.
Pass through this gate and carry straight on with the hedge on your left. At the house, carry straight on through the gate at TR 2659 4560 to walk on FP ER115 between two fences. Turn left at the road and go to the top and turn right at the T-junction and go over the railway bridge.
Just after the bridge go right over the stile at TR 2667 4592 into the nature reserve. Immediately turn left uphill along the hedge until you come to a fence at TR 2676 4616. Turn right and go up on a bearing of 150 degrees keeping the fence on your left.
At the end, turn right at the corner and follow a fence down for a few metres and go left over the stile at TR 2686 4602. This stile is old and has barbed wire so a new stile needed.
Continue on a bearing of 110 degrees with a fence on your left to the gate at TR 2698 4597.
Continue through this gate on a bearing of 120 degrees with the fence on your left to the gap between this fence and the one going downhill to the right at right angles to it at TR 2721 4585. Then carry on, maintaining height with the fence on your left. This path needs clearing through bushes at TR 2737 4584. You could drop down and go round the obstruction and come back up to rejoin the path at TR 2739 4584. Continue on a bearing of 140 degrees for about 100 m. The path then contours left and right to a fork.
Do not go up to the gate on your left but take the right fork at TR 2752 4576 to the gate straight ahead at TR 2754 4566. This is a good view stop. Go through this gate. Ignore the gate on your left and carry straight on downhill in a southerly direction. Pass through the gate or a gap in the fence at TR 2767 4541, then up to the gap at TR 2772 4522. Then follow the path round and left to the top of the reserve at the gate at TR 2801 4517. Turn right along the top just inside the left hand fence.
At the top of the woods, go through the gate at TR 2816 4519 and carry on southeast along the right hand side of the fence with a wood on the right. At the end of the wood go through the gate at TR 2837 4505 and continue southeast just inside the top fence of the reserve to the gate at TR 2860 4489. Go through it and then turn right straight downhill almost to the fence corner at TR 2857 4476. Then go left (southeast) down to the gate into woods at TR 2870 4468.
Continue into the woods to a gap in the trees at TR 2877 4463. Do not go through the gate on your left but turn right and go half way across a field (middle path). Then turn half right diagonally (west) to the bottom corner. Turn left at the gap in this corner at TR 2862 4457 to go down FP ER95 between two hedges with an allotment on your left to the main road at Temple Ewell.
Cross the road and turn left then immediately right into Templar Road just before the village hall. At the bottom, carry on over the river bridge and up Church Hill. Go right by the church and immediately left on FP ER127 at TR 2858 4425. Follow this FP up and round to the left between the churchyard and the railway. Carry on past the school to the road. Then turn right under the railway bridge and carry on to the end of the road (Lower Road). Cross over the Alkham Road into Kearsney Abbey car park. This is where you started, at TR 2876 4383.
This part of the walk from the Lydden Bell was 5.3 km (3.3 miles).
The first part was 7.5 miles so the total was 10.8 miles.
of Lydden from the nature reserve
south-west from the nature reserve
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