Another great Shoreham circular walk, that can be done as an extension to most of the other Shoreham walks on this site. Allow two hours. There is one steepish 5-10 minute section as you climb back to the Pilots wood path junction above the Filston Rd field (which features so regularly in these walks!). This walk is split evenly between woodland and grass chalk downland, with a nice bit of village thrown in at the end with cafes and pubs.
Polhill Bank, one of the main highlights of the stroll, is a site of special scientific interest managed by Kent Wildlife Trust. It consists of a steep south-facing area of grass hillside rich in flora and fauna including butterflies, orchids, reptiles and birds such as yellowhammer, kestrel and blackcap.
Much of the initial part of the walk is through Meenfield and Pilots woods on top of the chalk valley-crest west of Shoreham village. Meenfield woods is superb for bluebells in late April. There are great viewpoints over the Darent Valley once Polhill Bank is reached. Later, the walk descends to Shoreham village, passing the Aircraft Museum, Honey Pot cafe, then the King’s Arms pub and taking in the river walk.
Start/End: If in a car, park on the wide verge on Shacklands Rd (Google map here) just before it meets High St. If arriving by train, walk down from the station to the village and join the walk at the war memorial (Google map here), taking the river path past the Water House.
For full details of this lovely, quiet walk go to the iFootpath website (direct link) where, once you’ve registered and logged in, you’ll find a GPX map (so you can follow the route in real time) and full details, by me. You will find it useful to download the iFootpath app on your smartphone (for which you have to pay £1.99).
I’ve done the walk like this, rather than my usual package, because I wanted to try out the iFootpath app to create the map – which is a nice tool with good presentation – and hope that users of the app in the Kent area will discover my website through it. There is no commercial gain in this for me and iFootpath doesn’t seem to have a lot of walks in the NW Kent area.
I will soon create a pdf of this walk so you can print it out and take with you. Bear with!