March: Keston & Nash
Distance: 4.2 Miles (1hr 50 mins) or 2.5
miles (1hr 15mins)
OS Map: Explorer 161 and 147 (Start at
grid reference TQ415637)
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Park in the free car park just off Heathfield Road,
open 9am to dusk daily. If approaching from Keston
Mark, drive past the car park in Westerham Road, take
the first right turn into Heathfield Road and the car
park is the first turn on the left. The entrance
is badly pot-holed, so drive slowly and carefully.
Leave car park at far south (highest) corner and
emerge at junction between Heathfield Road and Westerham
Road. Turn right along Westerham Road in southerly
direction past several large houses. When road
bends left, take footpath on right, immediately before
railings, down steps which may be slippery if wet.
Follow path down to Jackass Lane, along which turn sharp
right. At first bend take footpath on left
signposted to Nash. Follow path, between hedge and
fence, downhill. At valley bottom follow path
right and after 400m left to climb round edge of the
field and reach broader track that you follow uphill to
farm. When track ends at stables, carry straight
on over stile and along path, soon emerging into Nash
At this point you can have a choice between doing the
full walk or taking a shortcut back. For shortcut
(marked in orange on the map), turn right and, after
passing a couple of houses, take footpath on right
between hedges to Jackass Lane. Bear very slightly
left across lane and go up Fox Lane. After passing
a few houses, take footpath on right between fences,
leading eventually to Heathfield Road. Turn right
to rejoin main route at war memorial.
For full walk, bear right across Nash Lane and go
down North Pole Lane. Half way around first bend
take footpath on right and follow uphill between fences.
At T-junction at top turn right to corner of field and
turn left along track into Well Wood. Path soon
forks – bear left but thereafter keep right at all
junctions until you reach edge of wood at corner of
field. Here ignore right turn along edge of the
wood but instead bear left so that wood is on left and
hedge at edge of wood on right. Continue to street
(Queensway) at some houses.
Bear right across Queensway and along broad track
bending first left, then right to emerge into Gates
Green Road. Turn right and when houses on left
come to an end carry on, ignoring first footpath on left
(signposted Hayes), instead taking next footpath
on left (signposted Hayes Common) steeply uphill to
emerge on Baston Manor Road.
Turn right and follow path first past Baston Manor
and then bearing right away from road through woodland.
Emerge at Keston opposite Greyhound public house.
Turn right and cross top of Fox Lane to Fox public
house. Cross Heathfield Road and go down Lakes
Road. At end, go straight forward into woodland
with children’s playground on left and school on right.
At bottom, cross stream and turn right uphill.
Follow path, with school grounds initially visible on
right, climbing to emerge at top of Fishponds Road.
Bear right across top of Fishponds Road to war
memorial, cross Heathfield Road and turn left uphill
past Keston Village Hall to car park.
In addition to the walking routes on our web site we
have published four popular walking guides:
Points of Interest
Built in 1716, the mill ceased operation following
severe storm damage in 1878. The body is supported
by a massive wooden post above a round brick base
enabling the whole mill to be rotated to face the wind.
The mill is privately owned with no public access.
Bus 146 from Bromley North and Bromley South passes
the starting point of the walk at stop KD on its way to
Downe. The service is hourly every day.
Bus 246 from Bromley North and Bromley South to
Biggin Hill and Westerham also passes stop KD. The
service is half-hourly from Monday to Saturday and
hourly on Sunday.
Bus R2 from Orpington High Street or station passes
the junction of Westerham Road and Heathfield Road
(half-hourly, not Sundays).
Please report any problems with this walk to
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.
join us and become a supporter too. You need
us and we really need you.
Map contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright
and database rights 2023. Some paths on map are based
on data provided by Kent County Council but do not
constitute legal evidence of the line of a right of way.