5 miles (8km) approx. 10,000 steps
Allow 3 hours
About the walk:
Although Harrietsham lies along the A20, it’s not long before you are out of the village and away from the traffic on this route up on the North Downs. Using part of the North Downs Way, the route offers some excellent views of the surrounding countryside from the Downs. There is a chance to rest at the Ringlestone Inn which was built in 1533 and retains many original features.
Tips:Distance: 5 miles (8km) Allow 3 hours Start/Finish: Harrietsham station Stiles: 20 Gates: 2 Terrain: Field paths and tracks. Some moderate slopes Toilets: In Harrietsham Refreshments: Pub and shop in Harrietsham
How to get there:
By Car: From Maidstone on the A20, turn left at Harrietsham village into West Street. Turn right, following signs to the Railway Station Postcode: ME17 1JA Parking: There is limited parking at Harrietsham station and some on road parking around the village. Train: Nearest station: Harrietsham.
National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 Bus: 510 (Maidstone-Ashford). 2 hourly. Mon-Sat. 5 journeys Sun
Mon-Sat Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.
Please note that route shown may not accurately follow public rights of way and waymarking on ground should be followed at all times.
Walk provided by Explore Kent Explore Kent is a Kent County Council Initiative
Look out for a gap in the fence on the left at junction with footpath. Turn right here to follow the path up a steep hill across a field. A short distance on, follow the hedgeline on your left hand side. (There are fantastic views from the Downs at this point.)
When you reach a gate on your right hand side, bear left across the field to a waymarker sign on the other side, at this waymarker turn right. Cross a stile and continue ahead until you reach the Ringlestone Pub on your left hand side.