Tuesday 23rd April:
This will be a circular walk taking us along the Street to join an ancient trackway to Yotes Court and then up the hill to where Swanton Manor once stood. This has commanding views across West Kent. We will then go down to Swanton Pond where there was once a furnace mill, and follow another ancient track past the site of Mereworth’s Roman villa onto the former route of Seven Mile Lane at Libbetts cottages. We will then use the Landway and see the strawberry tunnels that provide the fruit for Wimbledon as we head back to the church.
Friday 17th May:
Our 90-minute walk in May will circumnavigate the grounds of Mereworth Castle. Starting from the church we will walk along the A26 to see the castle from a distance, the home of the person who built the church, and the castle drive, down which a very early aeroplane was trialled. From there we go to Pizien Well via the site of a century-old tragedy, and an ancient fertility myth. We will take the long climb from Pizien Well mill to the great triumphal arch on the hill overlooking the Weald. Still keeping to the country lanes, we will continue on to visit the redundant East Peckham church and to enjoy its lovely atmosphere. From there we will cut across the fields overlooking Mereworth via a short length of the A26 at Brewers Hall back to the church.
Please meet outside the main church doors under the portico roof at least 10 minutes before the start of the walk to allow for the walk leaders to brief you all on the walk details, any known hazards to be aware of etc.
Q: Where do you meet?
A: See 'walk details' section of the website which will give full details of where to meet.
Q: What time do I need to arrive?
A: We ask that you arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to allow the walk leaders to brief all walkers on the walk details, any known hazards to be aware of etc.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Please ensure you wear suitable outdoor clothing suited to the weather conditions on the day, good sturdy walking boots or shoes.
Q: Should I bring anything?
A: You should always carry a supply of water to ensure you keep hydrated.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes, dogs are welcome to join us however you must ensure they are kept under close control at all times as we may we walking near livestock.
Q: Will the walk always go ahead?
A: Yes, unless the walk leaders believe it too be be too dangerous i.e. gales, torrential rain, risk of lightening etc.