WALKING ROUTE TWO – Chiddingstone to Hever
About 4.5 miles taking about an hour and half, via little roads and paths, through fields and woods, to Hever and back
- With our beautiful pub behind you and St Mary’s church on your right, take the road that skirts the lake, with Chiddingstone Castle away on your left, to Gilwyns cross roads. Then go straight ahead, first down then up for half a mile.
- When the road turns sharply to the left, go through an opening in the fence on your right to a path through Hever Castle grounds. The path follows alongside a fence, next to a wood, with a private road to your left, then crosses the road by a pretty rustic bridge.
- Keep going between fences to a path through Hever churchyard leading to a lychgate. Inside the charming little church of St Peter’s, with its slender spire, is the tomb of Sir Thomas Bullen, father to Anne Boleyn. To your right is the magnificent Hever Castle.
- To continue your walk from the lychgate, turn left past the King Henry VIII Inn, and where the road turns sharply to the right round the pub, carry straight on by a path, passing the village school on your left. The path leads to a quiet little road. Turn left and after a third of a mile join another road.
- Go over a stile on the left and carry on by the hedge ahead. After turning to the right and skirting a wood, the path continues by another hedge and over a stile, past woodland on the right to the private road that runs through Hever Castle grounds. This is the road you saw when you first entered the grounds and the beginning of this walk.
- Turn right, not along the private road, but by a path that runs alongside a fence to the right, and on to another road that dives down a hill to your right. At this point, cross to a gate opposite and go straight ahead between fences along the edge of the field.
- Turn right when you come to a wood. Then turn sharp left, over a little footbridge and up a steep path.
- When the path joins a track, continue straight on. The track passes through rocks which is generally muddy and very ridged, so it is advisable to take a track to the left, that runs alongside and above the rocks and rejoins the track again just short of Hill Hoath.
- At Hill Hoath, pass in front of a low lying half-timbered house on your left, and then turn left down the road.
- Carry straight on down this road for about half a mile, to arrive once more at Gilwyns crossroads. Turn right here and retrace your steps back to our pub where a warm welcome awaits you.