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Woodlands, meadows, picturesque villages, historic churches, a stately home, and one of 50 Great British Trees – quintessential British countryside

Cowden to Chiddingstone Causeway, Kent

Church of St. John The Baptist, Penshurst

Church of St. John The Baptist, Penshurst

A return to the Weald, one of my favourite parts of south east England. As described in a previous post, it’s an area of beautiful woodlands and undulating hills, gentle slopes dropping into steep-sided sandstone ravines, and full of fascinating industrial and social history. Today’s walk encompasses all of these, together with history of a more aristocratic type, passing through the grounds of Penshurst Place, seat of the Sidney Family.

Start: Cowden Station TQ476416

Finish: Penshurst Station TQ519464

Length: 7¾ miles/4 hours

How to get there: Cowden is on the Uckfield Branch, served by Southern services from London Bridge; on a Sunday however, services run only between Uckfield and Oxted, so take a train from London Bridge or Victoria to Oxted or Hurst Green and change there. Penshurst station, which is not actually in Penshurst but in the village of Chiddingstone Causeway, is on the line between Tonbridge and Redhill and is also served by Southern; direct trains run via Redhill and East Croydon to London Bridge, or change at Tonbridge for Southeastern services to Charing Cross.

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