Start at any of the four
churches for a circular walk.
Food and drinks are
available at The Duke in Barham, The
Mermaid in Bishopsbourne or The
Black Robin in Kingston. One
short hill. Muddy in places after rain.
Park near Barham village green.
Barham to Womenswold
1.8 miles (allow 50 minutes). Grid ref: TR208500
1. From the porch of St
John the Baptist go through
the lych-gate and turn right and then right again into Rectory Lane.
At the first bend go
straight ahead, past garages and through a kissing gate onto a footpath.
Go ahead keeping fence on right hand side and avenue of lime
trees to the left, to a field boundary where straight on across the
field to a stile and short steep incline over a stile onto old A2.
Turn right and continue along this road to a T-junction.
Cross road onto pavement and turn left following pavement round
to the right to walk up to flyover over A2.
2. After crossing A2
turn right over barrier onto path alongside and above the A2 - this
previously overgrown path was made passable again by a team of our
volunteers from White Cliffs Group and should be marked by some white
After 400 yds at finger post turn left onto bridleway through a
field and follow track, keeping wooded area on your right.
After 400 yds the track curves right to pass through trees and
just beyond this turn left where tracks cross.
Straight ahead to North
Lodge where you turn right and immediately left into Womenswold.
Continue to church on left.
Bishopsbourne 3.2 miles (allow 1˝ hours). Grid ref: TR227504
3. Facing away from the
porch of St Margaret’s turn right, descend steps and proceed on
footpath ahead. This
becomes a track which wanders left and right before joining the North
Downs Way. Continue on the
North Downs Way for 2.5 miles. The
route is well signposted: it crosses the Aylesham road (cross with
care). About 400 yds beyond
the road, watch out for the left turn before a barn and a concealed
right hand turn immediately after the first white house.
After a further half mile fork left on a distinct path across fields in
the general direction of a telephone mast – it is well signed.
Continue along the North Downs Way until
you get to Cold Harbour Lane where, on your left, you will see a bridge
carrying the A2 over Cold Harbour Lane.
Go under the A2, cross the road, and ahead down the road into
Kingston 1.1 miles (allow 40 minutes). Grid ref: TR187526
5. From the lychgate of
St Mary’s go ahead along The Street to the village sign for
Bishopsbourne on a left hand bend.
Go ahead here on a tarmac bridleway.
6. After half a mile, on
a right hand bend, go ahead through a gate into a field, signed
bridleway 274, and continue over a footbridge and through two iron gates
along the floor of the valley. At the road turn right and then left
behind ‘The Barn’ to take the path to the churchyard.
Kingston to Barham
1.4 miles (allow 45 minutes). Grid ref: TR198512
7. Facing away from the
gate of St Giles’ churchyard into Church Lane, turn right and then
almost immediately left along a nearly hidden footpath to a gate.
Go through the gate and diagonally right to a second gate and
continue to stile by old railway bridge.
Over stile and turn right, under bridge and past water works.
8. Then turn left along
a bridleway (marked also private road to Hearts Delight).
After 250 yds turn left
at cross tracks (blue marker post) to a gate.
Go through gate , over brow of the hill and continue to Valley
Road. Cross (with care) and
continue along Out Elmstead Lane to turn right on public footpath just
before first cottage.
9. Continue straight
ahead through fields to second stile.
Cross the stile and fork left, aiming left of the spire of St
John the Baptist, to a stile. Over
stile and on into The Street and turn left, following the road to the
walk was originally published on a calendar produced by White Cliffs
Group. Thanks to Andrew
Boultbee for originally devising this route, Rob Riddle for the
photograph, Diana Blackwell for checking the directions and Andrew
Boultbee for the idea.