Kentish Castles Christmas Cracker
19 people attending
11 places left
Some notes on the settlements and their buildings:
Markbeech: A small hamlet perched high up on the northernmost sandstone ridge of the High Weald AONB.
Cowden: All we'll just see of this place is the tiny, secluded Hole Cottage which is the remaining wing of a once much larger late-medieval hall house. Now a holiday cottage.
Chiddingstone: A unique and perfect example of a Tudor one-street village, so perfect, that the whole place is in the care of the National Trust. It's quite a film star too, as it featured in the 1985 Merchant Ivory film A Room With a View, Michael Winner's 1983 The Wicked Lady and the outdoor scenes of the BBC's 1971 Elizabeth R, starring Glenda Jackson. St Mary's Church is opulent, 14th and 15th Century, and has the tombs to the Streatfeild family (you may have heard of Noel, the author) who lived at early 19th Century Chiddingstone Castle. The village takes its name from the Chiding Stone, a Saxon judicial place or boundary marker. Plus, we're having lunch at the 15th Century Castle Inn - how cool is that?
Hever: More pleasant timber-framed original and mock-Tudor cottages, including our last pub stop, The Henry VIII. St Peter's Church contains the tomb of Thomas Boleyn of Hever Castle, father of Anne Boleyn and grandfather of Elizabeth I. Unfortunately we won't see Hever Castle.
What to bring
Food & drink
Just bring some drink, because we are booked in to have a pub lunch at The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone. Please see the menu here. I'll email to ask what you'd like to eat two weeks before the walk as the pub would like a pre-order. This will ensure rapid service on the day. If you're unsure about being able to attend, please tell me what you'd like to eat anyway as it'll be easier to cancel your order if you don't come than chase you for it if you do.
You are welcome to have a packed lunch on a bench in the village instead of the pub lunch.
An hour before we get the train, we'll have a drink at The Henry VIII at Hever.