Kent Ramblers

Walk 85

Walk 85: Sissinghurst Castle and Frittenden

Distance: 5.5 Miles (2h 30m)
OS Map: Explorer 137 (Start at TQ806383)

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Park in National Trust car park at Sissinghurst Castle. There is a charge of £2 for non-members. In 2015 the estate is open every day from dawn to dusk and the shop and restaurant are open every day but 24 & 25 December from 10:00 to 17:00 or dusk if earlier. Garden opening times are are:

12 Mar–31 Oct

11:00-5.30

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On returning to the castle you can have a tea and if you are feeling energetic do a walk in the woods by the lakes (leaflet available from ticket office) where the bluebells in April/May are superb.

Follow the meandering path through the centre of the car park to the top, bear right to a gap in the corner and bear right across bottom of orchard to finger post in front of house. Turn right down bridleway between hedges. Follow all the way to lane.

Go straight across and down Sand Lane. Take path over first stile beside gate on left and bear right across field passing lone tree to stile. Head straight across next field to another stile and across field after that to corner of protruding hedge. Follow line of power cables to first pole in middle of next field then bear left towards steeple of Frittenden church, crossing a couple of fields before reaching the village main street.

Turn right along the main street past shop and take a path alongside private drive to Hill Farm on the right opposite the school entrance. At the first bend cross the drive and take the path over the stile opposite. Follow the left hand edges of a small field and a large field. At the corner go over a stile on the left and along the right hand edge of orchard to a stile. Follow the left hand edges of two more fields and cross a third to Sand Lane.

Turn right, pass Chanceford Cottage and take a footpath over a stile on the left. Follow left hand edge of field to fingerpost (it may be hidden by foliage from the hedge but it is at a point where the field widens) then turn sharp right across field to stiles. Bear left across next field to stile in corner then right along field edge to T-junction of paths.

Turn left to corner of protruding hedge. Keep hedge on your left to next bend and a footbridge. Don’t cross the footbridge but turn right across field towards the right hand corner of a tall hedge. Turn left along the hedge then right at the corner and along the right hand side of the field to Sand Lane.
Turn left and opposite Brissenden Farm take a concrete path on left past a barn. Bear right across the field to a stile. Cross the next field to a stile by a tree. Cross the next field to a bridge. On other side turn left through gap then sharp right along right hand edge of field. At corner bear slightly right to another bridge and across field to a lane.

Turn right. At junction, keep right. Pass Bettenham Manor and when lane bends right take signposted track on left and follow back to Sissinghurst Castle.


Sissinghurst Castle

The home of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson...

...where they created their acclaimed garden.

Woodland Walk

Lots of bluebells in spring...

...and some fine lakes full of fish.

Frittenden

On approaching Frittenden you pass this chimney.  The adjacent site used to be a timber yard and the chimney was used to for the fire that made the heat to make the steam that powered the bandsaw.  The fields you have just crossed were woodland then .


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

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