5.2 miles (8.3km) approx 10,375 steps
Allow 3 hours
About the walk:
This walk starts at Sutton Valence and joins the Greensand Way, heading to the nearby villages of East Sutton and Ulcombe before returning through fields offering some fine views. Along the way is the Norman Church in East Sutton that dates from the 14th century. As you near the end of the walk you pass Sutton Valence Castle. All that remains are the ruins of the 12th-century stone keep, but there are wonderful panoramic views over the Weald from the site
Tips:Distance: 5.2 miles (8.3km) Allow 3 hours Start/Finish: Sutton Valence Stiles: 7 Gates: 5 Terrain: Field paths. Some moderate slopes Toilets: None on route Refreshments: Shops and pubs at Sutton Valence
How to get there:
By Car: Sutton Valence is just off the A274 between Maidstone and Headcorn Postcode: ME17 3AJ Parking: Limited parking is available in Sutton Valence. Please park with consideration to other road users
Bus: 12 (Maidstone-Headcorn) hourly, Mon-Fri & Sun. 1/2 hourly, 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
From parking walk ahead on the cobbled footpath past The Swan Pub and the Post Office (beware of right hand drop to road). Continue on the path past some houses on your right.
Take care walking along the road.
Continue along field boundary and cross track. Keeping house to your right, head across field towards road. Follow Greensand Way signs along road (Church Lane). Pass a church on your right as you enter East Sutton.
At crossroads, continue straight on, pass over stile and continue along edge of field, still following the Greensand Way. Pass through gate and continue with apple orchard to your right. Pass through 2 more gates as you head towards the road. Take care crossing road
Turn right off road to follow Greensand Way sign and continue along path to the side of field. There are good views on the right. Pass through gap and continue along left edge of field, passing Church Farm on your left. Bear right past All Saints church car park as you approach the road ahead.
Cross stile and turn left to follow road. A short distance on, turn right to follow footpath sign. Pass lake on left and go through gap. Follow path along edge of field and up slight slope. Cross over stile to continue on path towards road.