Kent Ramblers: Walk 9



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Stubbs Wood and Scollops Farm

Distance:   3.8 Miles (1hr 45 mins)

OS Map:   Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ497518)

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Park at Stubbs Wood car park (free).  This is best approached from Ide Hill.  When the road from Ide Hill meets the B2042 near car park and toilets, turn left onto it.  Go up the hill and turn right immediately after the Goathurst Common sign.  Continue for 500 yards to first right turn.  Turn right but instead of going down Yorks Hill, go into the car park.

Leave the car park by the steeply descending path behind the Hanging Bank information board turning right at bottom along lower edge of wood  On reaching lane turn sharp left and when lane ends bear left to far gate.  Do not go through gate but instead take downhill path on the right immediately adjacent to gate.

Follow right hand edge of field between fence on left and hedge on right.  At bottom of slope, enter another field and bear left across it, climbing gently and then descending again towards strip of woodland.  On far side, cross another field and go through hedge.  Follow left hand edge of next field to gap in corner, then bear left across corner of another field to large oak half way along its left hand edge.  Continue along left hand edge of field and into woodland.  Cross a footbridge, follow path left and right, then over stile, across a garden and through gate into lane near Scollops Farm.

Turn left for a few metres then, opposite Scollops Cottages on the left, take a footpath over a stile on the right.  Climb steeply to the highest point of the field and bear left to the far corner.  Go through a gate, along edge of wood, through second gate and then over stile to right of field gate.  Cross field to another stile; cross next field diagonally to stile middle of opposite side; pass some trees into another field and go diagonally across to far right corner.  Cross right hand edge of yet another field – with stream over fence on right.  At corner go through gate.

Bear left over footbridge with and follow right hand edge of field, initially with wood on right.  At corner bear left to footbridge go through gate into next field.  Make for gate at top left corner of field – right of way goes up right hand side field then left across top.

In next field, bear slightly left and downhill through gap in next hedge, making for gate into wood opposite.  Go through wood and on emerging bear left uphill to electricity pole.  Bear left to kissing gate beside larger gate and go through.  There are fine views of Bough Beech Reservoir here.

Ignore metal gates into wood on right and continue outside bottom edge of wood to stile.  Follow path along bottom of wood (but now inside) and at fork take steep uphill path on right.  At the top meet broader path at post bearing collection of waymarks, including one for Greensand Way.  Turn left and soon pass seat under large beech tree – this used to offer fine views of reservoir but trees below have now grown high enough to obscure reservoir.  Continue along path back to car park.

Points of Interest

Hanging Bank

Views differ on the origin of this name.  One author suggests that there was once a gallows here but the Kent CC information board denies this, suggesting that the name indicates the wood “hanging” on the hillside.

Yorkshill Farm

A Grade II listed 15th Century “Wealden Hall House”.  However, the timber frame that is characteristic of such houses is obscured behind a late 18th century brick front and considerable modern extensions to the rear.

Hatchlands Farmhouse

A Grade II listed villa of around 1840.

Greensand Way

This long distance walk follows a 108 mile route through Surrey and Kent from Haslemere to Hamstreet.

Public Transport

Unfortunately there are no convenient bus routes serving this walk.

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Guide to the Wealdway

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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