Hosey Common and Chartwell
Distance: 3.9 Miles (1h 50m)
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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