In 2007 Ralph Palfrey devised a long distance path of about 77 miles from Charing Cross, the official centre point of London, to Hastings seafront, passing all stations on the connecting railway line.
This second set of walks will be by a series of nine linear station to station stages. These are included in the public walks programme of Environment Bromley (EnBro) for 2017. Each walk will include a picnic lunch / pub stop, and will be repeated on the following Saturday, enabling each whole stage to be covered by two shorter stages over both dates if preferred.
Early Preliminary proposal
Stage 1, Saturdays TBC – Charing Cross to Hither Green station, 8.4 miles, via Waterloo East station, London Bridge station, Thames Path, Southwark Park (lunch stop), Surrey Quays Tube station, New Cross station, St Johns station and Lewisham station. (Alternatively leave or join at Surrey Quays Tube station after 4.3 miles; thence 4.1 miles to Hither Green).
Stage 2, Saturdays TBC – Hither Green to Chelsfield station, 10.2 miles, via Grove Park station, Chinbrook Meadows, Elmstead Woods and station, Chislehurst Caves (lunch stop), Chislehurst station, Hawkwood (NT), Petts Wood (NT) and station, and Orpington station. (Alternatively leave or join at Chislehurst station after 5.4 miles; thence 4.8 miles to Chelsfield).
Stage 3, Saturdays TBC – Chelsfield to Sevenoaks station, 9.0 miles, via Knockholt station, North Downs (lunch stop), Dunton Green station and Darent Valley Path. (Alternatively leave or join at a 402 bus stop, or at Dunton Green station after 6.5 miles; thence 2.5 miles to Sevenoaks).
Stage 4, Saturdays TBC – Sevenoaks to Tonbridge station, 9.2 or 9.4 miles, via Sevenoaks Weald (lunch stop) and Hildenborough station. (Alternatively leave or join at Hildenborough station after 5.9 miles via quiet lane short cut or 6.1 miles via footpaths; thence 3.3 miles to Tonbridge).
Stage 5, Saturdays TBC – Tonbridge to Frant station, 8.4 miles, via High Brooms station, Grosvenor Recreation Ground (lunch stop) and Tonbridge Wells station. (Alternatively leave or join at High Brooms station after 3.5 miles; thence 4.9 miles to Frant).
Stage 6, Saturdays TBC – Frant to Stonegate station, 8.3 or 8.8 miles, via Wadhurst station (lunch stop). (Alternatively leave or join at Wadhurst station after 2.8 miles via quiet lane short cut or 3.3 miles via footpaths; thence 5.5 miles to Stonegate).
Stage 7, Saturdays TBC – Stonegate to Robertsbridge station, 7.2 miles, via Etchingham station. (Alternatively leave or join at Etchingham station after 4.7 miles; thence 2.5 miles to Robertsbridge).
Stage 8, Saturdays TBC – Robertsbridge to Crowhurst station, 9.0 miles, via Mountfield Church (lunch stop), Whatlington Road and Battle station. (Alternatively leave or join by bus at Whatlington Road after 4.4 miles or at Battle station after 7.0 miles; thence 4.6 or 2.0 miles to Crowhurst).
Stage 9, Saturdays TBC – Crowhurst to Hastings seafront, 6.7 miles, via West St Leonards station (lunch stop), St Leonards Warrior Square station and Hastings station. (Alternatively leave or join at West St Leonards station after 3.8 miles; thence 2.9 miles to Hastings seafront).
Details of these walks will be available on our website and through the usual EnBro sources in Spring 2017. See https://ralphpalfreywalks.wordpress.com/
For more details about the Hastings Line railway see:
TBC – To Be Confirmed