Hever & Markbeech from Chiddingstone
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Walk Route Description
The Kent village of Chiddingstone is well-preserved and owned by the National Trust. Its Tudor buildings reflect the architecture of the period with the Castle Inn and Tulip Tree tearooms amongst the most memorable. On street parking is available (grid ref. TQ501451) although do remember to park considerately. The walk also provides the opportunity to visit Hever Castle.
After parking and exploring the village, take the footpath south that starts opposite Glebe House. After approximately 500 metres you reach a path junction (grid ref. TQ501446). Turn right here and continue to Hill Hoath Farm joining the Eden Valley Walk before you reach the farm. Walk past the farm and bear right onto a lane (grid ref. TQ497446). Turn left and continue following the Eden Valley Walk. After 400 metres bear right at a junction staying on the Eden Valley Walk which is followed to reach a lane (grid ref. TQ490446). Cross the road and continue following the Eden Valley Walk around the boundary of Park Wood and onto the road at Hever (grid ref. TQ476448).
Turn left along the road and almost immediately take the first lane on the left passing a school on your left. The path heads south, crosses a road (grid ref. TQ476444) and continues heading south to join a road (grid ref. TQ475437). Bear left along this road and follow for about a kilometre until your reach the crossroads in the centre of Markbeech (grid ref. TQ475427).
Turn left and walk east for 600 metres to reach a T-junction (grid ref. TQ481430). Go straight ahead here following a track through Newtye Hurst wood. After 2.5 km you reach Hill Hoath Farm from where you retrace your outward route back to the start in Chiddingstone village.
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