In 2007 Ralph Palfrey devised a long distance path of about 77 miles from the site of the original Charing Cross (in Trafalgar Square), the official centre point of London, to Hastings seafront. We passed all stations on the connecting railway line.
This 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.
A Hastings Line 2017 information pack, which includes route notes, 1:20,000 scale route maps for each of the nine walks, public transport details, etc., will be available during each walk for £2.00.
The Hastings Line 2017 information pack (available later)
Stage 1, Saturdays 6 & 13 May, 10:30am – Site of Charing Cross (NOT the station) to Hither Green station, 8.5 or 9.1* 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 London Overground station after 4.4 miles; thence 4.1 or 4.7* miles to Hither Green station).
Stage 2, Saturdays 20 & 27 May, 10:30am – 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 station).
Stage 3, Saturdays 3 & 10 June, 10:30am – Chelsfield to Sevenoaks station, 9.3 miles, via Knockholt station, Knockholt Pound (lunch stop), North Downs Way, Dunton Green station and Darent Valley Path. (Alternatively leave or join at Knockholt Pound (bus service) after 3.9 miles or at Dunton Green station after 6.8 miles; thence 5.4 or 2.5 miles to Sevenoaks station).
Stage 4, Saturdays 17 & 24 June 10:50am – Sevenoaks to Tonbridge station, 9.2 miles, via Sevenoaks Weald (lunch stop) and Hildenborough station. (Alternatively leave or join at Hildenborough station after 5.9 miles; thence 3.3 miles to Tonbridge station).
Stage 5, Saturdays 1 & 8 July, 11:00am – 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 station).
Stage 6, Saturdays 15 & 22 July, 11:15am – Frant to Stonegate station, 8.8 miles, via Durgates, Wadhurst station (lunch stop). (Alternatively leave or join at Wadhurst station after 3.3 miles; thence 5.5 miles to Stonegate station).
Stage 7, Saturdays 29 July & 5 August, 11:30am – 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 station).
Stage 8, Saturdays 12 & 19 August, 11:35am – Robertsbridge to Battle station, 7.0 or 7.7* miles, via Mountfield Church (lunch stop) and Whatlington Road. (Alternatively leave or join by bus at Whatlington Road after 4.4 miles; thence 2.6 or 3.3* miles to Battle station).
Information sheet The Hastings Line 2017 Stage 8 (available later)
Stage 9, Saturdays 26 August & 2 September, 11:45am – Battle station to Hastings seafront, 8.7 miles, via Crowhurst station, West St Leonards station (lunch stop), St Leonards Warrior Square station and Hastings station. Optional celebratory meal. (Alternative 5.1 mile easier walk from Crowhurst to Hastings via seafront).
Information sheet The Hastings Line 2017 Stage 9 (available later)
* mileages include optional diversions.
See The Hastings Line 2017 travel information at the link below for a summary of the timetabled travel information. You are advised to check train times before travel with http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ or Tel 03457 48 49 50. For stages 3 to 9, in case of delayed trains, we will wait for the arrival of the train which was due to arrive nearest the published start time.
For more details about the Hastings Line railway see: