WALKING ROUTE ONE – Chiddingstone to Penshurst
About four and a half miles (an hour and half) walk, starting from Chiddingstone and back by a different route.
- Leaving Chiddingstone by a path to the east of the village, sign-posted `Footpath’, continue south, past the New Rectory, over a stile and down a well-marked path to anther stile and on to a wooden kissing-gate.
- Here the path joins the old coach road, which used to link Chiddingstone with Penshurst. Turn left along the old road through woodland, and where the track divides. Keep to the left one which soon joins a road. Here you turn right and continue for 15-20 metres through an iron kissing-gate to the left. Go diagonally across the field until once again you join the old coach road.
- Here, you turn left to Watstock Farm, where, avoiding the road to the right, you continue through farm buildings. Hiding behind the builds on the right, there is a fine half-timbered fifteenth century house. The track takes you straight through to Penshurst with lovely views on the left over the Eden Valley. You will then cross a brick bridge over the river Eden not long before it joins the Medway at Penshurst, and soon you meet the main road., straight ahead, outside Penshurst Place.
- At Penshurst village, just to your right, you can get refreshments and, in case you don’t already know the village, take a look at the beautiful church, approached through the charming little Leicester Square.
- To return to Chiddingstone, go back to the place where you joined the main road facing Penshurst Place. Continue for about a third of a mile uphill, then just after a house on the left, climb some steps to a stile.
- Continue beside a hedge on your left, cross a farm track, leaving the Dutch barns on your left, and follow the path down to the river. Turn right here and cross the Eden via the hump-backed footbridge. From the bridge, continue half right, across a ditch, and onto a gate with a stile alongside. Cross over the stile and continue along the right-hand side of the field.
- You will arrive at a gate just by Wellers Town, which far from being a town is just a collection of cottages on either side of the road. Here you should turn right along the road for a few metres to a gate on the left. Pass through the gate and continue half right across the field ahead to a stile.
- To the left, in a wooded hollow, once stood the Manor House of Chiddingstone Burghersh. You can still see faint traces of the two great moats that surrounded the stately building. Continue over the stile, diagonally across the next field to a stile in the hedge. Climb over this and go on beside a wire fence to regain your original path. Turn right and so back to Chiddingstone, and a rewarding pint and a bite to eat at our historic pub.