It includes two castles, a stately home, rivers, ponds, woods, undulating hills and three lovely villages: the National Trust village of Chiddingstone, Penshurst and Leigh.
Distance, Difficulty and Terrain
Distance: 15km (8.8 miles)
Rating: 2/10 - A couple of hills, but gentler and shorter than our usual hikes.
Hiking time: About 3.5 to 4 hours of actual hiking
TRANSPORT & MEETING POINT
We'll meet at Victoria Train station, at 8:30am and leave our meeting point at 8:45am.
Planned arrival time back into London of 6:30pm (we have a group train ticket and you are committed for the day until then).
Hever Castle: Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion. Hever Castle is what every child wants a castle to be: crenellated, moated and haunted. A permanent exhibition in the Long Gallery brings the 16th century to life with costumed figures illustrating key events in Anne’s life at the Castle. Admission is charged.
St Peter's Church in Hever is a part-Norman church with a fourteenth-century tower topped with a shingle spire. Within the Bullen Chapel is the brass over the tomb of Sir Thomas Bullen, Anne Boleyn's father, showing Sir Thomas in his garter robes.
Chiddingstone Castle is one of the Seven Wonders of the Weald. It is an historic house, set in 35 acres of Kentish countryside, filled with treasures collected over a life time by Denys Eyre Bower.
Penshurst Place & Gardens have been the place for poetic inspiration and lavish Royal hospitality for over 650 years. The jewel in the crown is the 11 acres of Elizabethan walled gardens; stunning displays divided by a mile of yew hedges into 'rooms'; each garden is planted to give a succession of colour as the seasons change.
We'll stop during the hike for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the hike where we can get refreshments.
The price is £23 per person which includes the guided hike and return train travel from the group departure station listed at the top of this event.
No Members: £23
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For any questions or more info ask to Maria: 07535295739 Whatsapp.
WHAT TO BRING
Suitable hiking clothes & hiking footwear ideally hiking boots, and waterproof jacket.
Water (at least 1 and ideally 2 litres)
Money for drinks and refreshments after the hike
That's it! We will take care of train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so that you can just turn up and have a great day
SAFETY AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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Event Venue & Nearby Stays
London Victoria station, London, United Kingdom