Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Borough Green to Sevenoaks
Distance: About 10 miles
Map: OS Explorer 147
Walk described and surveyed by David Bays and Maureen Colledge, based on Ken's walk summary as follows:
Borough Green to Sevenoaks linear. Undulating. Longer morning via Plaxtol, Ightam Mote and Stone Street for lunch at The Padwell Arms. Return via Knole Park.
Description checked by Jackie Gower
Terrain is undulating but not too severe. Some tracks can be quite muddy.
Travel: frequent trains from London Victoria and Charing Cross to Borough Green, return from Sevenoaks.
There are toilets on the train and at the station (till 1.30pm on Saturday).
Exit Borough Green station via the main car park. Turn right, then right again over the railway bridge at the junction with Western Road. Cross at the zebra crossing then go left and turn right at the NatWest Bank to continue along High Street. Cross at the next zebra crossing and soon go past the library on the left. Go through the garden of the Baptist Chapel and cross at the traffic lights. Turn right, then go down Quarry Hill Road. Turn left down The Landway, (Public FP sign) opposite the church. Continue past a blacksmiths on the right and cross over the road and continue along the public footpath. After passing Basted House on the left, descend steeply to Basted via the footpath over the river. Turn left and take the route along the grass area, where there is a picnic table convenient for a possible water stop.
At the end of the grass verge continue along Basted Lane. There is a waterfall on the left near Nos 8-29. Go up Plough Hill, (ignore the footpath on the right), crossing the bridge. Take the footpath just beyond The Plough pub. The path heads across open fields, then follows the wood on the right. Take steps down to a lane. Turn right then (ignoring any footpaths in the valley) and ----take the next footpath on the left up near the top of the hill - a stile takes you into an orchard. Go straight ahead, then when the main path bends right, bear left down to a footbridge. Cross over a stile and go uphill. Go round a five bar gate with a farm on the right. The footpath becomes a track leading to Yopps Green. Turn left. There are good views on the left.
Turn right just past oast houses and Tree Cottage; the path goes between houses initially then there is a hedge on the left and an orchard on the right.3 Continue uphill, keeping right at a small fork in the path. Pass a wire fence on the right. Cross a ploughed field to reach the wire fence opposite. Climb up, then cross a second ploughed field to trees opposite. Turn right - the footpath goes through beech trees to reach a busy road, the A227. Go across the road and take the gate on the left (Fairlawne Estate). The path turns right through a wood, then left at a post to go uphill with a metal fence on the left. There is an open field on the left with a group of conifers. Turn right at the bottom, following the National Trust red arrow to Ightham Mote (for toilets and café – open to non-members).
Retrace steps to the turning, then go right past Ightham Mote, following it round to the exit gate. Turn right, passing the footpath from Knole on the left. Go past Mote Farm and continue uphill. Shortly after passing a pond on the left with a house on the right, take a bridleway to the left which turns at a right angle after a while and heads uphill. Keep straight on with an orchard on the right. The path becomes a wide track and emerges on to the road. Look for the bridleway opposite (not the one heading off to the left) to reach the Padwell Arms on Stone Street Road in about 10 minutes. www.thepadwell.com Landlady: Jayne: mob.: 07931120932 Lunches until 2.30pm.
After lunch retrace your steps (or go down the lane just to the west of the bridleway) to the start of the bridleway, then take the footpath across a grassy area between fields. The footpath becomes a single track with a wire fence on the left. Climb over a stile to the lane coming down from Stone Street Road and cross to the bridleway opposite. Join the metal road at Cygnet hospital. Go past Match House on the right. Continue straight ahead at Godden Green, passing the Bucks Head pub. Turn left, passing the Old Stables. Cross a lane and take the footpath opposite. Turn left at the junction of footpaths. Enter Knole Park through the swing gate and go straight ahead.
Turn right at "Please Stop" notice. The path wheels round to the left of large trees, then through a line of smaller trees. Aim for the mock Tudor club house. Exit through the gateway to the right of the building. Turn left out of the club to go uphill. Follow the verge on the left, then cross to follow the right verge. Take the first right (NO ENTRY sign). Turn left at the top to reach The Vine - cricket ground. Keep going along the left side of the Green (Seal Hollow Road). Turn right at the lights and go down hill to Sevenoaks Station for frequent trains to London.
Alternative in Knole Park: keep straight on at Please Stop sign to head towards Knole Park tea room and then either main gates or gate further South (reached along valley to the right as you approach the main gate) leading to Waitrose and High Street.