Darent Days 2 – Summary
Saturday 21st May 10:45am EnBro Public Walk
Meet at the 246 bus stop, The Green, Westerham (GR TQ447540). 9.8 miles circular walk following the Darent downstream through Brasted and Sundridge, crossing sundry tributaries en route, then exploring two headwaters descending from the Greensand hills (275m ascents). Moderate slopes, may be muddy. Picnic lunch stop. (Early finish option: bus back from Sundridge after 3.3 miles; or bus to Sundridge, thence 6.6 miles).
Saturday 28th May 10:45am EnBro Public Walk
Repeat of walk on 21st May.
If you prefer a paper copy of the walk as included in the information pack then download and print the pdf and map images below.
Meet: 10.45am at The Green, Westerham (Ordnance Survey map reference TQ447540)
Access: 246 bus Saturday service: Bromley North station 09.28 09.56 Bromley South station 09.33 10.01 Hayes (Kent) station 09.42 10.12 Westerham, The Green 10.10 10.40
London Travelcards and Freedom Passes valid for whole of 246 route.
Note: No rail station at Westerham. Nearest: Oxted (thence 594 or 595 bus), Sevenoaks (thence 401 bus).
Maps: Ordnance Survey 1:25 000 scale Explorer Sheet 147; 1:50 000 scale Landranger Sheets 187 and 188.
Outline route: Follow the Darent down to Brasted and Sundridge crossing sundry tributaries. Explore two tributaries descending from the greensand hills and return to Westerham (9.8 miles).
Early finish option: 401 bus back from Sundridge after 3.3 miles.
Late start option: 401 bus to Sundridge; thence 6.6 miles.
Ascents: 275m Descents: 275m.
Terrain: Slightly downhill on roads and field paths to Sundridge. Thereafter quite hilly along footpaths and country lanes, mainly through woodland, and with two steep ascents. May be muddy, several stiles. Water resistant footwear and walking pole recommended.
Detailed route description: From the bus stop cross the Green NE to the Church. Head ENE, then E through the churchyard, take the exit path left of a half-timbered house, then cross Quebec Avenue and the river to Sevenoaks Road (A25). Turn left, with the river alongside left.
After 800m turn left (N) up Beggars Lane for 170m. Turn right (ENE) along a FP, crossing the river before rejoining the A25 for 850m. Turn left up Church Road and cross the river. Opposite the lych gate to the church, turn right (E) along a drive, then fork left along FP to cross a feeder stream and reach Rectory Lane. Turn right, then left on reaching the A25 to Sundridge. After 1200m turn left at traffic lights for a few metres to view the river.
(For an early finish, turn back to the bus stop in Sundridge, 3.3 miles, and return to Westerham by hourly bus service 401).
Otherwise, return to the A25 and turn left for 180m to a FP on the right, take the FP to the Church, (possible picnic lunch stop) then turn right for 120m to Church Road. Turn left uphill for 1100m to Penn Lane fork. Here turn left (E) along a FP across a field, with a field fence on the right, and then follow the FP ESE through a finger of trees to a wood. Turn right (SSW) downwards through the wood to meet and cross over a stream. Follow this upstream to reach a clearing and pass a new footbridge on the right to meet a wide track. Turn left on this track and after 250m fork right, still on a track and keeping the stream on the right, to reach a lane at Brook Place.
Turn right along the lane, passing a left turning after 450m and crossing a small stream after a further 120m. Fork left on reaching Penn Lane. Continue uphill for 400m. Cross the road junction to Emmetts Lane, and after 60m fork left along a permissive bridleway. After 160m continue straight on along a narrower path with the driveway to “Emmetts Garden” a few metres away on the left and Emmetts Lane a few metres away on the right. The path soon returns to being a wider track. Cross a private drive and at a T junction (only 10m away from Emmetts Lane on the right) turn left on another bridleway. Continue in the woods on the bridleway for 150m to reach a crossing path. Turn right on this crossing path to return to Emmetts Lane after 200m.
At the lane turn left to follow it for 100m to a boundary fence (right). Here, take the bridleway into the woods, which bears away westwards from the lane to reach Chart Lane after 400m. Turn right down this lane for 100m before turning left along a footpath heading W for 100m alongside a fence on the right. (NB, do not follow the track that curves left behind the cottages).
Turn right (N) along a FP, keeping the fence to the right, for nearly 300m. On reaching the corner of a field on the left cross the stile and head diagonally across the field to cross a stile beneath a large oak tree. Cross the track to Outridge, left (NT; worth a short diversion to view) to cross another stile.
Descend 250m westwards to a stream flowing N from its source at TQ462524, nearly 170m/560ft above sea level. Ascend steps to a lane at the N end of French Street (worth a visit) and turn right (NNE) down a FP to re-cross the stream and follow its right bank for over 400m.
Turn left (westward) over the stream (above a string of ponds through Valence Wood fed by the stream) and follow the path uphill. At the top keep ahead through a gate, with stables on the right. Turn left on a tarmac drive and immediately right on a FP. Continue for 500m to reach a wide track and turn left along it for 90m to reach a lane.
Turn right for 100m to Hosey Common Road (B2026). Follow it downhill for 150m, then turn left along a track for 300m. Turn right to follow a FP downhill N along the field boundary, cross the Darent, and join the A25 opposite Quebec House. Turn left for 250m to the start point.
Return: 246 bus Saturday service Westerham, The Green 15.52 16.22 16.52 17.22 Hayes (Kent) station 16.21 16.51 17.21 17.51 Bromley South station 16.33 17.03 17.32 18.03 Bromley North station 16.41 17.11 17.39 18.09