Micro Event: The most Bombed Village and a Feast at a Palace

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jul 26

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8 mile walk on hilly terrain 313m ascent, there are several stiles which you must climb unassisted.

A brisk walk up Otford Mount, passing a Neolithic bowl tumulus will take us high above the village of Oftord. We'll continue to follow the North Downs Way until we turn north into Great Wood to the hamlet of East Down. After crossing the road we'll follow a ridge route with magnificent views of Round Hill all the way to the former Austin Lodge Golf Club.

We'll then turn south east and have to climb again until reaching the peak at Dunstall Woods after which we drop sharply down to the main road (A225). We'll pass close to Dunstall Priory, sadly out of sight, the Priory is a small mansion of the Rural Palladian style built in 1810.

After carefully crossing both the main road and the railway we'll head for the village of Shoreham. I saw swifts flying fast and low catching insects over a corn field as I approached the church.  A soldier from Shoreham was the first to be executed for desertion in the First World War, while in the Second World War Shoreham earned the title most bombed village in Britain.

Heading south from Shoreham we'll follow a safe path through the Darenth Valley Golf Club until we come out at Otford recreation ground, here we will find the Otford Solar System Monument. The Sun and the first three planets are portrayed by concrete pillars, hidden around the village and much further away the other planets are represented to scale.

As we meet the road at the edge of the village we may notice the aroma of grilling food from the Turkish Restaurant (currently doing a takeaway service). I grabbed a veritable feast in a bag and headed for the nearby Bishop's Palace where I enjoyed the exotic flavours amid the ruins.  The Bishop's Palace was built in Tudor times in the style of Hampton Court.

We'll leave the Palace on a footpath through the churchyard which will take us past an archaeology dig and on to the railway station.


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Image Credit: Photos are provided by ODL member Richard Peel and OutdoorLads has permission to use them.


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