5 miles (8km). Approx 10,000 steps. Allow 3 hours.
Enjoy classic views of the Weald of Kent on this varied and
peaceful walk through charming woodland and gentle field paths
following part of the popular Greensand Way.
Maps and guides:
About the walk:
The walk starts at Dene Park and leads through light woodland
and well-kept farms, before passing near Fairlawne, which was once
owned by Edward Cazalet - a merchant and industrialist. The
magnificent house, which has suffered several fires during its long
history, has been restored and extended many times.
In the early
17th century, Fairlawne was owned by Henry Fane, who was knighted
in 1620. Sir Henry became increasingly disillusioned with royalty -
a sentiment which also influenced his son, who took over the great
house and supported the parliamentarian cause during the Civil War.
He was executed as a traitor.
The well-marked route leads on to take you via Shipbourne
common, a large open space at the centre of this peaceful village,
through the churchyard of St Giles and back to Dene Park.
An award-winning farmers' market with fine local produce is held
at St Giles each Thursday morning. Stallholders pay a fee which is
donated to charity. The church was built in 1880 by Edward
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How to get there
Postcode starting point: TN11 9RJ
By car: Shipbourne is on the A227 between
Tonbridge and Ightham/Borough Green.
Parking: Car parking is free at Dene Park.
Bus: 222 (Borough Green – Tonbridge Station) 6
or 7 journeys, Mon – Sat. 404 (Ide Hill/ Sevenoaks – Shipbourne) 5
journeys, Mon – Fri. Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.
If you need to report a problem on this route
please call 0845 345 0210 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.