One Tree Hill and
Distance: 4.5 Miles (2 Hours)
OS Map: Explorer 147 (Start at TQ559532)
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Park at the free car park at One Tree Hill, on the
road south from Godden Green.
Leave the car park by the top corner, just to the
left of an information board. At junction turn
right downhill to road. Cross over and turn left,
very carefully. Very soon there is an imposing
entrance to Shepherds Mead. Take the path to the
right of the entrance, between fences, and continue
along the top of a large field. At a junction of
paths at the corner of the field, turn sharp left down a
sunken track between hedges – this can be muddy after
At the bottom, turn right past a converted oast
house. Follow a metalled drive until you reach the
newly redeveloped Coach House on the right. Do not
follow the drive as it bears right uphill but instead
take the broad track on the left and follow this past a
pond from which there are fine views of St Julian’s, an
early nineteenth century mansion now used as a country
club. Half a mile or so later, the track passes
through a narrow band of woodland. Immediately
after the woodland on left ends, take path through gate
on the left along the edge of a field to the corner.
Bear left and go over a stile beside a gate.
Bear right across a field to a stile in the hedge to
the right of the farm. Climb the stile, cross a
lane and climb another stile into a field. Bear
left across the field, passing a large pond on the left,
go over a stile by a gate and cross a short field to a
Continue straight ahead uphill to the highest point
of the field where a gate leads to an enclosed track.
This track soon turns sharp right and emerges on the
road in the attractive village of Underriver opposite
the church (built 1865 by John Davison MP who then lived
at Underriver House). Turn left past the “The
White Rock” inn and immediately after The Forge take a
footpath on the right.
This path initially follows a hedge on the right.
When the hedge ends, continue forward to a stile.
Cross this stile and bear slightly right across the next
field to another stile. Cross this stile, another
field, and another stile. Cross the next field
towards another stile, but before you reach the stile
bear left and follow the fence to another stile.
Once over this stile there are two magnificent trees
ahead – an oak on the left and an ash on the right.
Aim somewhat to the right of the ash and soon you will
see a stile in the hedge. Climb the stile into the
road and turn left.
When the road bends left, the entrance to Absalom’s
Farm is straight ahead. Take a lane on the right
immediately before the farm entrance. Continue up
the lane until, just past the entrance to White House,
there is woodland on the left. Soon after the
start of the woodland take a clearly signposted footpath
on the left. Can you spot the tiger lurking in the
woods below you. Continue until you reach the
entrance to White Rocks Farm Boarding Kennels.
Follow the access drive to the kennels, avoiding all
left turns, until you reach the road opposite where you
left it at the start of the walk.
Taking great care on the short section of road, turn
right and then right into the wood to retrace your steps
back to the car park.
Points of Interest
One Tree Hill
According to the information board, this site was
just a couple of fields separated by a few trees prior
to 1911, which may explain its name. It was
severely affected by the 1987 storm but has recovered
rapidly. There are plenty of trees now.
The name is derived from “sub le ryver” meaning
“under the hill”. The village was called “The
Golden Valley” by Samuel Palmer, the painter who lived
for a time at Shoreham. The village has its own
Like the village of Underriver, the original
Romschedde was probably settled because it lies where
the bottom of the greensand beds meet the Wealden clay
resulting in a series of springs that ensure a reliable
water supply. Romshed Farm is an organic farm
seeking to conserve the traditional landscape of small
fields, hedgerows and belts of ancient woodland.
In addition to the walking routes on our web site we
have published two popular walking guides:
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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