Walk on the North Down Way, Charing to Hollingbourne - Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2022

Type:Guided Walk

Charing, Kent
Walkers - Free Walk


Join the Kent Community Rail Partnership for a walk on the North Down Way from Charing to Hollingbourne as part of the Heart of Kent Walking Festival 2022!

Starting at Charing Station, this walk will take you through the historic and picturesque village of Charing, located at the foot of the Kent North Downs. We will point out some of the features and buildings that date from the 14th century.

The walk will head onto the North Downs Way, probably the steepest climb, then follow the gentle rolling route towards Hollingbourne. Along the way you may see the buzzards flying overhead, and the flora of the North Downs. There are many points of interest along the way and you may hear about the ecology of the North Downs Way, some of the farming techniques you may see, history, pilgrimages, fauna and flora of the trail.

With breaks to take in the views and some refreshment, the trail will then lead to the Lenham Cross, a war memorial carved into the chalk on the North Downs, before heading along the Downs above Harrietsham and meeting ‘Percy the Pilgrim’.  The last stretch will take us to the pretty village of Hollingbourne where we’ll be welcomed to the previously closed ticket office (for 30 years) prior to its transformation earlier this year into a community hub and café.  You could take the opportunity to explore the pretty village before jumping back on the train home. (Three stops back to Charing station).

This is a dog friendly walk (please keep them on leads)

Although this walk is free, booking is essential due to limited spaces.

Walk Details

Walk: Linear
Walk Distance: 10 miles / 16km
Walk Grade (Ability): Moderate
Walk Leader: Therese Hammond - Sustrans / Kent Community Rail Partnership
Age Range: 12+ (Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Walk Duration: 6 hours (approximately)
You would need to bring: Refreshments and snacks


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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
All BookingsFree

All guided walks are free and we encourage sustainable train travel to enter and leave the North Downs AONB.

Booking is essential due to limited spaces

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (30 Sept 2022)
Friday10:00 - 16:00


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