A Walk of Pilgrims, She Wolves and Black Swans, Hollingbourne to Leeds Castle - Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2023

Type:Guided Walk

Hollingbourne, Kent
Guided Walk
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Walkers taking part in the Heart of Kent Walking Festival


Join Ben from Boots on Adventures on this 8 mile walk that takes in picturesque views of the Kentish countryside, learn about the medieval history of the area and stories of Pilgrims as part of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2023.

Now fully booked - join the waiting list by commenting on the following page:  https://www.meetup.com/boots-on-adventures/events/290784031/ (you will need to create a Meetup account for this)


Come with me as we saunter from Hollingbourne to what some people call the most beautiful castle in England, Leeds Castle.  An eight mile walk that will take in some of the most picturesque landscape that Kent has to offer, including the chalk hills of the downs and lanes winding through small villages.  Along the way we I will explain the Medieval experience of people who lived and visited this area all those hundreds of years ago.  We will learn stories of Pilgrims stopping of for shelter in the shadow of the downs as they make their way to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury.  To an unloved Queen of England known as the She Wolf of France laying siege to the castle (and nearly getting an arrow in the eye for her trouble).  This walk will not include entry to the castle but we will get some splendid views of the fortification as we make use of the footpaths that go through the grounds.

Walk Details:
Walk Leader: Ben Crozier
Distance: 8 miles
Duration: Three and a 1/2 hours (plus half an hour or so for lunch)
Walk Grade: 3
Walk Type: Circular
Accessibility Grade: A3
Age Suitability: Anyone capable of walking 8 miles (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
You will need: Packed lunch, sufficient amount of water and also wellies if the weather worsens
Toilet Facilities: There are toilets at Leeds castle that people may use adjacent to the car park.
Rest Stops: Stop to eat packed lunch (around half an hour)
Are there stiles on route? Yes
This is a dog friendly walk (please keep your dog on a lead)


What to do nearby?

Visit Leeds Castle

Experience Go Ape Forest Adventure at Leeds Castle

Head into town and visit Maidstone Museum

Take a trip to Lockmeadow and grab some street food or watch a film at Odeon Luxe

Grab a pub lunch or dinner at The Windmill

Where to stay?

Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

Leeds Castle Stable Courtyard Bed & Breakfast and Maiden's Tower Bed & Breakfast

Delta Hotels by Marriott Tudor Park Country Club

Stable Oak Cottages

Special Offers for Bookers

The Ivy Coffee House will be providing a voucher to all attendees of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival for 10% off any hot drink purchased with them. Vouchers will be sent to walkers the day before their walk.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Tickets£5.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

Parking available at Hollingbourne train station

Public Transport:

Trains to Hollingbourne train station

13 Bus from Maidstone to Hollingbourne

Opening Times

Season (26 Mar 2023)
Sunday09:30 - 13:30


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