This is a pleasant and relaxing 3.2 mile walk along one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Darent following the banks of the river through fields and copses. Easy walking with gentle slopes makes this an ideal route for all the family.
Follow the fast flowing Darent to discover the fine architecture of Farningham
Look out for...
Sheep and ponies
Wildlife, particularly birds, along the riverside
A historic brick screen crossing the Darent alongside the bridge at Farningham
The Mill and Mill House opposite the Lion Hotel
Tips: Location: Horton Kirby Distance: 3.2 miles (5.1km) Time: allow 1 hour 30 mins Explorer map: 162 Terrain: riverside paths and some roads Stiles/gates/steps: 8 gates Public transport: contact Traveline tel: 08712002233
www.traveline.org.uk Step count: approx 6,400
Walk provided by Explore Kent Explore Kent is a Kent County Council Initiative
Farningham had four manors in Domesday Book. One belonged to a Norman knight, Wadard, who fought at the battle of Hastings. He is depicted on his horse in the Bayeux Tapestry. Wadard also features on the Farningham village sign.
The White House on Horton Kirby's main street was believed to have been the centre of a thriving smuggling business handling spirits ans silks a the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.
Pictures in this guide taken by:
ExploreKent, Linda Cronin, L2F1 (flickr)