Sutton Valence walk
5.2 miles (8.3km) approx. 10,372 steps. Allow 3 hours.
Enjoy wonderful views over the Weald and the Vale of Kent along
this gentle walk from our West Kent Walks pack.
The route starts in the historic village of Sutton Valence and
joins the Greensand
Way, heading to the nearby villages of East Sutton and Ulcombe.
It then returns through fields and some of the most fertile
farmland in the county.
Along the way, you pass the 14th century parish church in East
Sutton, which features Jacobean pulpit and a late 13th century
Sutton Valence was set on a branch road in Roman times and has
played an important role in the history of Kent with many royal
you near the end of the walk, you come to Sutton
Valence Castle, which is under the care of English Heritage.
The castle was probably abandoned in the 14th century, but the
remains of the Norman keep are still standing.
The elevated site is an excellent place to capture panoramic
views of the surrounding countryside.
Admission is free and the site is open throughout the year.
If you have any time to spare, Sutton Valence is a delightful
village to explore, with many historic houses as well as excellent
How to get there
Postcode starting point: ME17 3AJ.
By car: Sutton Valence is just off the A274
between Maidstone and Headcorn.
Parking: Limited parking is available in Sutton
Valence. Please park with consideration to other road users.
Bus: 12 (Maidstone – Tenterden) hourly Mon –
Fri. Every 1 to 2 hours, Sat. Hourly Sun Maidstone – Headcorn
only. Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.
If you need to report a problem on this route
please call 03000 41 71 71 or use the online
reporting tool. You can then choose to receive regular updates
about the progress of your report.