Ordnance Survey Map Explorer 147 Sevenoaks and Tonbridge
View Map of Walk
Distance Two and a half miles
Time Allowed One hour
Refreshments Tea shop in the village, The Leicester Arms
Start Village centre
Enter Penshurst Place and Gardens through the arch and proceed, with garden wall on left, along the drive. Pass entrances to car and coach parks on the left and continue beyond garden wall along the driveway, now designated as a public footpath. Pass pond on left.
When drive swings to right and starts to climb cross stile on left and turn right. With hedge on right cross field to next stile and ,after crossing it, turn half left across next field proceeding uphill with large house on right. As you climb look back at views of Penshurst Place.
Turn half left at top of rise to take path with trees on left. Ignore stile straight ahead.
Emerge from wood and continue in same direction across field with wire fence on right. At end of field turn left and continue along grass avenue between two rows of trees. Just before end see Penshurst Place on left. At end of avenue turn left aand descend to gate/stile and continue in same direction for 100 yards then turn right to gate/stile with The Sidney Oak 25 yards to the right.
Pass through the stile and continue straight ahead, with lake and Penshurst Place on left, to stile. Cross and turn left towards brick pill box with line of three oaks on left.. Turn left at pill box and follow grass avenue between trees with spires of Penshurst Church ahead. After a short distance pass cricket field on left. Cross two stiles either side of the drive to the house and follow path round south face of house towards the church. Cross final stile into churchyard and emerge into village centre.
Note: We recommend that proper walking boots are worn for all walks. Frequently they cross bridle- paths for a part of the route and these tend to be very uneven and remain wet when everywhere else is dry underfoot.
Wildlife one can see include deer (especially late afternoon near woodland), pheasant, rabbits, fox and badger setts.