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Hosey Common and Chartwell

Distance:   3.9 Miles (1h 50m)

OS Map:   Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ453531)

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Park at Hosey Common Car Park (free).  Take the B2026, signposted to Chartwell, from Westerham.  The car park is half a mile up the hill, on the left, immediately after the first left turn, outside the old school lodge.

Go to top end of car park and cross road.  Walk up grass verge and take footpath into wood.  At valley bottom, turn right onto broad track downhill, initially through holly and rhododendrons but soon crossing fence into another wood.  At metal kissing gate, turn sharp right uphill alongside large trees parallel to a fence.  Pass isolated gate and at junction of paths marked by post turn left along path between second and third (counting from right) of line of three large oaks down to gate.

Continue downhill to outskirts of Westerham.  Go through kissing gate, across bridge and turn left up track.  Just past house on right, take uphill path on right between fences (waymarked Greensand Way Link Path).

At top go through kissing gate into beech copse.  Through next gate turn left along broad track.  When track enters open meadow, keep to right along edge of meadow (remains of Iron Age hill fort within adjacent wood) and, when meadow widens on right continue straight ahead towards house with circular tower.  Go through gate to right of house.  Here you have a choice.

For the slightly shorter and more level – but often muddy – route, keep left along track with wooden panelled fence on left.  Continue, ignoring left turning onto narrow path, until T junction.  Turn half left past gateway to April Cottage and bear left uphill to road.

For the less muddy but steeper route, bear slightly right and take the path that ascends steeply into the wood.  At the top, at a T-junction marked by a post, turn left.  At the next T-junction marked by a post – this time bearing Greensand Way signs – turn left downhill to April Cottage and bear right past gateway uphill to road.

Cross road and take uphill bridleway almost opposite (a few feet to right).  Near top of hill alongside febce around house on right, take path on left waymarked “National Trust – Limpsfield Walk”.  Follow Limpsfield Walk and Greensand Way waymarks until you emerge on road at entrance to Chartwell.  If it is open, you can pop into the tea-room for a drink without paying an entrance fee.

Take path to left of entrance between fences until you reach road at top.  Cross road and take path opposite.  At first waymarks, at dip in path, take left turn waymarked to Westerham.  Follow this path, carrying straight on when crossing other paths (in a roughly north-westerly then north-north-westerly direction).  Arrive at car park after half a mile or so.

Points of Interest

Hill Fort

The iron age hill fort is now heavily wooded and difficult to inspect.  Briefly in 1961 parts were cleared of trees and an archaeological investigation undertaken.  This revealed clearly the construction of the ditches around the site but very few artifacts were found, suggesting that the fort was little used.

It may be coincidence that in 1927 a hoard of iron age coins was found on Hosey Common but equally they could be contemporaneous.  The fourteen coins, made of gold, silver and copper, were contained within a naturally hollowed out sphere of flint.  The find was dated to around 100 BC.


Public Transport

Buses to Hosey Common are infrequent.  A better option is to start the walk in Westerham which is quite well served by buses, for example to Sevenoaks.


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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