Shoreham Station and
Upper Austin Lodge
Distance: 4.7 Miles (2 hours)
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Park in the vicinity of Shoreham station. There
is a lay-by immediately opposite the station or you can
park in Station Road.
Proceed down Station Road away from station and take
path on right opposite entrance to Shoreham Place.
Crosse bottom of field with wall then hedge on left.
When the hedge ends, turn right along hedge to railway,
cross with care and continue to road.
Cross road and
turn left, keeping as far onto narrow verge as you can.
Very shortly take path through gap in hedge on right
leading into field. Bear left across field making
for gap in hedge opposite. Follow track through
wood and out at bottom of a garden. Cross garden
diagonally uphill, cross drive and take path into wood.
Climb steeply through wood. At T-junction at
top turn left. At far end of wood, cross field
ahead diagonally to lowest corner and go through gap
into wood near corner. Go down steep steps through
wood and then between hedges. When hedges end turn
left across former golf course. Cross access drive
to former golf course (now Fairways) and continue to
Upper Austin Lodge Road.
Turn right past several houses and farms. Pass
gate advising that there is no through access.
Carry straight on through former golf course. [You
can make a detour to the Pilcher Monument where signed.
The trip there and back adds an extra third of a mile to
the walk.] At “Private Land” signs take path on
left enclosed between hedges going uphill. Follow
this to Lower Wood. Bear right along lower edge of
Lower Wood, then along tops of several fields.
Just past house on left at stile on left, Turn
sharp right, noting excellent tview including, on a
clear day, the Shard, the Walkie-Talkie building and the
Cheesegrater building in the City and Canary Wharf in
Head downhill towards hedge that comes half way up
the hill. Continue downhill with the hedge on left
and slightly uphill to cross stile onto green lane.
Go straight across and down field to valley bottom.
Take path between two hedges, climbing steeply up other
side of valley and through wood. On far side of
the wood, bear left across two fields and join green
lane, where you bear half right. Follow the lane
into Dunstall Farm. In middle of farmyard, turn
right then sharp left to skirt barn. Past barn, go
straight across field into wood. Descend steep
steps and follow track bringing you out almost opposite
Points of Interest
The English home of the playwright Lord Dunsany
(1878-1957) who at one time had five plays running
simultaneously on Broadway. The family also
had an estate at Dunsany in Ireland.
Opened in 2006, the monument marks the site of
pioneering experiments in manned flight undertaken by
Percy Pilcher in 1896 and 1897, initially using gliders.
He later designed and built a powered triplane but was
killed in a gliding accident in 1899 before he had the
opportunity to test it. Had he lived he might have
beaten the Wright Brothers to the first successful
The walk is ideal for travelling by train to Shoreham
Station on the route from Victoria to Maidstone or St
Pancras and City Thameslink to Sevenoaks.
Fox and Hounds
This pub at Romney Street which you may find marked
on your Ordnance Survey map is no longer open.
In addition to the walking routes on our web site we
have published three popular walking guides:
Guide to Tunbridge
Wells Circular Walk and other walks in the area
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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and database rights 2020. 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