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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  5 miles (8km) approx. 10,000 steps
Allow 3 hours

About the walk:
Although Harrietsham lies along the A20, it’s not long before you... more »

Tips:  Distance: 5 miles (8km) Allow 3 hours
Start/Finish: Harrietsham station
Stiles: 20
Gates: 2
Terrain: Field paths and tracks. Some... more »

How to get there:

By Car: From Maidstone on the A20, turn left at Harrietsham village into West Street. Turn right, following signs to the Railway Station
Postcode: ME17 1JA
Parking: There is limited parking at Harrietsham station and some on road parking around the village.
Train: Nearest station: Harrietsham.
National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950
Bus: 510 (Maidstone-Ashford). 2 hourly. Mon-Sat. 5 journeys Sun

Mon-Sat Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.

Please note that route shown may not accurately follow public rights of way and waymarking on ground should be followed at all times.

Walk provided by Explore Kent
Explore Kent is a Kent County Council Initiative

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Points of Interest

1. Point 1

From the station car park, cross the footbridge and turn right to follow the path alongside the railway line.

2. Point 2

Pass through gap in fence line and continue on the path uphill. A short distance on, cross over a road and continue uphill.

3. Point 3

Continue past a gate until you reach a junction with the North Downs Way/Pilgrims Way and turn left.

4. Point 4

Look out for a gap in the fence on the left at junction with footpath. Turn right here to follow the path up a steep hill across a field. A short distance on, follow the hedgeline on your left hand side. (There are fantastic views from the Downs at this point.)

5. Point 5

When you reach a stile in the hedgerow on your left, cross the stile and turn immediately right, continuing along the hedgeline.

6. Point 6

At the end of the hedgerow, cross the stile and head towards a gate to the right of the farm buildings. Pass through this gate and continue ahead over another stile. Follow path through the farmyard.

7. Point 7

On reaching a stile on your left, cross over and follow the path across the field towards 2 tall trees ahead.

When you reach the trees turn left to follow the waymarker along the field edge and bear right at the corner.

8. Point 8

At a junction with another footpath, continue on to the right of the line of trees ahead.

9. Point 9

On reaching a road, go over stile and cross the road. On the other side cross another stile and continue ahead with the woodland on your right hand side.

10. Point 10

When you reach a gate on your right hand side, bear left across the field to a waymarker sign on the other side, at this waymarker turn right. Cross a stile and continue ahead until you reach the Ringlestone Pub on your left hand side.

11. Point 11

Here you can either stop for a well earned break or continue on your walk by turning right and crossing back across the field towards the telegraph pole and a stile.

12. Point 12

Cross over stile and continue across the field towards another stile in the fenceline.

13. Point 13

Go over stile and follow the path to the right and through some woods. Keep following the waymarkers until you reach a stile in the fenceline.

14. Point 14

Cross stile and follow the path bearing left across the field.

15. Point 15

Go over stile, cross the road and then over another stile to continue ahead on the path. A short distance on, cross another stile and follow the field edge with a hedge on your right hand side.

16. Point 16

Pass through a gate, cross a stile and follow the path across the field towards a large tree. Follow the path to a stile in the corner of the field at road.

17. Point 17

Cross the road, over another stile and bear left. Head across field towards 2 trees and the corner of a wood.

18. Point 18

Cross a stile in the corner and follow the path to cross another 2 stiles

19. Point 19

Turn left and follow the fence. Near the telegraph pole, turn right and head downhill towards the buildings in the distance.

20. Point 20

Cross a stile in the fenceline and head across the field, to left of telegraph pole.

21. Point 21

On reaching a fenced area, follow path along fence on the left until you reach a stile on your left. At this point bear right to follow path uphill to a stile near the road.

22. Point 22

Cross the stile, go down steps and turn right to follow the Pilgrims Way. On reaching a crossroads continue straight ahead along the North Downs Way/ Pilgrims Way.

23. Point 23

Turn left and re-trace your steps back to Harrietsham station where you started.