Head for the hills
Fancy a proper walking challenge to help shed some
of that Christmas pud? Two guided walks complete with steep hills
might be just the thing.
Stout shoes and a positive frame of mind will be needed to
tackle two energetic New Year walks laid on by Explore Kent. The
hilly circular walks are both classed as “strenuous” by organisers,
but on the plus side, they are free, of charge have some great
views and involve a pub visit.
On Sunday, January 6, at 9.45am a dedicated band of walkers will
meet at the public car park at Penenden Heath, near Maidstone, to
tackle a 6.5-mile walk with a number of steep hills on a route,
suitable for dogs, through Boxley and the North Downs Way.
The walk should take under four hours. Penenden Heath is easy to
reach as it’s just a few minutes from Junctions 6 and 7 of the
And on Wednesday, January 9, at 9.45am you can head to
Shipbourne Common, near Tonbridge, for the start of a 10-mile walk
which will take you through Underriver before heading up the steep
climb at Carter’s Hill and through the deer park at Knole Park and
past medieval Ightham Mote, both National Trust properties. No dogs
are allowed on this walk, which could take over six hours. The
Chaser pub – one of the most famous pubs in the area – is an ideal
spot to rest weary legs when you get back to Shipbourne.
Organisers stress walkers should have proper walking boots shoes
or boots and warm waterproof clothing.
Both walks are free, but you will need to visit
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