Eat Your Greens & Mind Your Manors

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Apr 18

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Walking through river valleys and through woods about 11 miles 348m of ascent.

When I did recon on my last walk I took the other Richard and he asked why I don't do a walk from Borough Green to Mereworth Woods. Shortly before I joined, my Scout Troop ran a camp near Borough Green and got a reputation for toughness by fighting off a yob gang armed with baseball bats and bicycle chains. Somehow since the age of 12 I've avoided Borough Green. Did I mention there is an army camp in Mereworth Woods with soldiers running amok firing blanks and letting off flash bangs? So I've worked out and pre-walked a route around places I'd preffer to avoid and have to admit I rather enjoyed it.

The walk starts in Borough Green and heads South taking a path between houses until it leaves town, then continues on to the village of Basted.  After Basted we turn East and pass through Long Bottom Wood, then after a short section of quiet road crosses the Weald Way long distance footpath. After this we return to the woods, Mereworth Woods and are faced with signs warning of Police Dog Training.  Turning South again we become aware that we are in an Army Training Area and must not stray from the path.

Finally we come out of the woods and pass through orchards to Old Soar Manor, a National Trust Property, built around 1290 of local stone by the Culpepper family it is a rare example of it's era.

The walk then follows the course of the River Bourne mainly along footpaths through woodland but comes out at Ightham Cricket Ground before heading into Ightham village past the Church of St Peter ( built around 1400 AD) known for its fine monuments in the chancel. During the English Civil War the Rector caused a Royalist Rebellion that had to be put down by Roundhead Troops.

After crossing the main road we'll see the chimney pots of Ightham Court, one of Ightham's 3 stately homes before following the railway back towards Borough Green.

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All photos taken by Richard Peel and permitted to be used here.

Basted mill pond kent
blackthorn blossom nr basted kent
footpath nr basted kent
Old soar manor, kent
Gnome Ightham Cricket Ground
purple primroses, nr ightham , kent
Basted mill pond kent
blackthorn blossom nr basted kent
footpath nr basted kent
Old soar manor, kent
Gnome Ightham Cricket Ground
purple primroses, nr ightham , kent


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