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5.3 miles (8.5km) approx. 10,625 steps
Allow 3 hours
About the walk...
This walk begins in Otford where you can catch
a glimpse of the largest scale model in the world
- the Otford Solar System. After a steep climb up
onto the North Downs you are rewarded with some
fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.
Descending back to Otford along part of the
North Downs Way you also pass by Otford Pond
interestingly designated as a listed building! Please
note that the route has a short on-road section and
the steep climbs may not be suitable for all.

Distance: 5.3 miles (8.5km) allow 3 hours
Start/Finish: Otford
Stiles: 9
Gates: 4
Terrain: Fields and tracks with some on-road
sections. Undulating paths. Some steep slopes
Views: Some good views
Toilets: None on route
Refreshments: Pub and shops near start/finish
Walk Overview
How to get there...
Road Map:
Multimap website
www.multimap.com.
Search for “Otford”
By Car: Otford is on the A225, just
north of Sevenoaks.
Parking: Free car parking is
available opposite the Bull public house in Otford.
Train: Nearest station – Otford (500m). National Rail Enquiries:
08457 484950
Bus: 421 (Sevenoaks – Swanley). 3 journeys. Mon – Sat.
434 (Sevenoaks – Shoreham) 3/4 journeys. Mon - Sat
Traveline: 0870 6082608



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For guidance only, actual conditions encountered may be different to what is shown depending on weather and time of year.
Photo Guide
This circular walk is one of a number of walks produced by
Kent County Council. If you liked this walk you can find more
on the Explore Kent website at
www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent
We welcome any feedback about this walk or the content
of the guide. If you know of a good walk and would like to
share it, please let us know and we may feature it on our
website.
If the route description or pictures are out-of-date please
e-mail explorekent@kent.gov.uk
Please tell us about any problems concerning the paths
using the Kent Report Line 0845 345 0210.
This guide is available in other formats on request.
03/2007
When you’re out walking
in the countryside,
please respect the
Countryside Code.
FAMILY FUN!
Walking is not only a healthy
activity but it can be fun and
informative too. Free activity
worksheets for children of all
ages to take on the walk can be
ordered by emailing
explorekent@kent.gov.uk
or calling
08458 247600.
www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent
Walks in West Kent
• Be safe – plan ahead
and follow any arrows or
signs
• Leave gates and property
as you find them
• Protect plants and
animals, and take your
litter home
• Keep dogs under close
control
• Consider other people
RESTRICTED
BYWAY
BYWAY
BRIDLEWAY
FOOTPATH
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Route Description
From the car park opposite the Bull pub, turn left
along high street. After a short distance, turn left to
take path between The Forge House Restaurant and
Antiques shop.
There are views along this path on the left as you
pass the end of the recreation ground. Here you can
also see the Otford Solar System model.
Follow path through gate.
Follow path through treeline – you are now crossing
the Darent Valley Golf Course. Keep to enclosed path
at all times.
On reaching a road crossing the path beware of
traffic. Cross over to take path bearing Darent Valley
Path waymarkings.
Come to end of path and on to a cricket ground.
Follow around edge to kissing gate on other side.
Beware of golfers playing shots, look right before
crossing fairway. Continue along path until you
come to a main road (Station Rd).
Beware of traffic. Turn right and follow road to
junction with main road A225 (turn left if you want
to explore Shoreham), passing Golf course entrance
and under railway bridge.
Beware of fast travelling vehicles. Cross road to
follow gravel path to the right of building (Copt Hall).
When you reach a forked junction, bear left to
take the signed footpath in to the woods. (do not
continue straight on to follow the bridleway)
As the path winds through woodland, it becomes
steep and there are approximately 145 steps to
climb.
Come to the end of the wooded area and into a
field. Head across, to left of farm buildings. Once at
farm buildings, observe waymarking to follow route
taking you between buildings out of farm through a
gate, travelling downhill on a track.
Bear left to take footpath through a gap into a field.
Follow path across field, following arrows, until you
reach wooded boundary.
Go through gap and follow path travelling downhill.
Cross over stile to emerge from wooded area on
a fairly steep hillside overlooking a golf course.
Continue downhill to stile at bottom.
Follow enclosed path crossing the golf course.
Beware of any golf carts that may cross the footpath.
Emerge from the path into a field. Keeping to the left
hand side, continue uphill on what becomes a steep
climb. Near the top there are views to the left and
behind you.
Go through the treeline to cross a short grassy area
and go through gap into a field. Continue straight
ahead, bearing right as you go uphill. Aim for the
right side of the house ahead, which becomes visible
as you near the top of the slope.
Cross stile at right side of house to follow footpath.
Take the first path (bridleway) on the right after
coming to the end of the enclosed path (do not
continue following the wall straight on).
Go through gate at end of path and bear left to
follow path over a stile into field. Follow track on left
boundary of field. When track begins to bend sharply
round to the left do not follow round but cross stile
on the right.
Cross another field and go over another stile to head
down slope on an enclosed path until you reach a
road (Eastdown House should be on the right).
Beware of traffic. Turn left and follow road uphill to
sign posts on right. Cross over stile into field and
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Walk your way to a
healthier lifestyle
“Walking for one mile burns virtually the same
number of calories as jogging for one mile, it just
takes a little longer!”
“Walking is FREE and requires no special equipment
or clothing – as long as you are comfortable”
“Regular walking helps reduce the risk of heart
disease, strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure”
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follow path, heading for edge of trees straight
ahead.
Reach gate and cross over stile into another field.
Follow path downhill to woods. Cross over stile
into woods and follow fenced woodland path
until you reach a road.
Beware of traffic. Turn right and follow road.
Come to a road junction and cross island in
middle. Cross road to climb over stile near gate
signposted as North Downs Way. In this field,
follow path along left hand boundary entering
into wooded area after approximately 350m.
As the path emerges from the short wooded
stretch it begins downhill with steps in places.
There are some good views of Otford through
trees ahead.
Beware of traffic. Reaching the end of the path
you will be at a road. Cross over to pavement and
turn right following North Downs Way sign.
At road junction bear left (following North Downs
Way sign). This will take you back to Otford
crossing over the railway bridge, past a pond
(designated as a listed building!) pubs and shops,
back to the car park where you started.
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Route Description
From the car park opposite the Bull pub, turn left
along high street. After a short distance, turn left to
take path between The Forge House Restaurant and
Antiques shop.
There are views along this path on the left as you
pass the end of the recreation ground. Here you can
also see the Otford Solar System model.
Follow path through gate.
Follow path through treeline – you are now crossing
the Darent Valley Golf Course. Keep to enclosed path
at all times.
On reaching a road crossing the path beware of
traffic. Cross over to take path bearing Darent Valley
Path waymarkings.
Come to end of path and on to a cricket ground.
Follow around edge to kissing gate on other side.
Beware of golfers playing shots, look right before
crossing fairway. Continue along path until you
come to a main road (Station Rd).
Beware of traffic. Turn right and follow road to
junction with main road A225 (turn left if you want
to explore Shoreham), passing Golf course entrance
and under railway bridge.
Beware of fast travelling vehicles. Cross road to
follow gravel path to the right of building (Copt Hall).
When you reach a forked junction, bear left to
take the signed footpath in to the woods. (do not
continue straight on to follow the bridleway)
As the path winds through woodland, it becomes
steep and there are approximately 145 steps to
climb.
Come to the end of the wooded area and into a
field. Head across, to left of farm buildings. Once at
farm buildings, observe waymarking to follow route
taking you between buildings out of farm through a
gate, travelling downhill on a track.
Bear left to take footpath through a gap into a field.
Follow path across field, following arrows, until you
reach wooded boundary.
Go through gap and follow path travelling downhill.
Cross over stile to emerge from wooded area on
a fairly steep hillside overlooking a golf course.
Continue downhill to stile at bottom.
Follow enclosed path crossing the golf course.
Beware of any golf carts that may cross the footpath.
Emerge from the path into a field. Keeping to the left
hand side, continue uphill on what becomes a steep
climb. Near the top there are views to the left and
behind you.
Go through the treeline to cross a short grassy area
and go through gap into a field. Continue straight
ahead, bearing right as you go uphill. Aim for the
right side of the house ahead, which becomes visible
as you near the top of the slope.
Cross stile at right side of house to follow footpath.
Take the first path (bridleway) on the right after
coming to the end of the enclosed path (do not
continue following the wall straight on).
Go through gate at end of path and bear left to
follow path over a stile into field. Follow track on left
boundary of field. When track begins to bend sharply
round to the left do not follow round but cross stile
on the right.
Cross another field and go over another stile to head
down slope on an enclosed path until you reach a
road (Eastdown House should be on the right).
Beware of traffic. Turn left and follow road uphill to
sign posts on right. Cross over stile into field and
1
2
Walk your way to a
healthier lifestyle
“Walking for one mile burns virtually the same
number of calories as jogging for one mile, it just
takes a little longer!”
“Walking is FREE and requires no special equipment
or clothing – as long as you are comfortable”
“Regular walking helps reduce the risk of heart
disease, strokes, diabetes and high blood pressure”
10
follow path, heading for edge of trees straight
ahead.
Reach gate and cross over stile into another field.
Follow path downhill to woods. Cross over stile
into woods and follow fenced woodland path
until you reach a road.
Beware of traffic. Turn right and follow road.
Come to a road junction and cross island in
middle. Cross road to climb over stile near gate
signposted as North Downs Way. In this field,
follow path along left hand boundary entering
into wooded area after approximately 350m.
As the path emerges from the short wooded
stretch it begins downhill with steps in places.
There are some good views of Otford through
trees ahead.
Beware of traffic. Reaching the end of the path
you will be at a road. Cross over to pavement and
turn right following North Downs Way sign.
At road junction bear left (following North Downs
Way sign). This will take you back to Otford
crossing over the railway bridge, past a pond
(designated as a listed building!) pubs and shops,
back to the car park where you started.
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5
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9
7
8
11
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13
15
16
17
14

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6 7 8 9
11
15
10
5.3 miles (8.5km) approx. 10,625 steps
Allow 3 hours
About the walk...
This walk begins in Otford where you can catch
a glimpse of the largest scale model in the world
- the Otford Solar System. After a steep climb up
onto the North Downs you are rewarded with some
fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.
Descending back to Otford along part of the
North Downs Way you also pass by Otford Pond
interestingly designated as a listed building! Please
note that the route has a short on-road section and
the steep climbs may not be suitable for all.

Distance: 5.3 miles (8.5km) allow 3 hours
Start/Finish: Otford
Stiles: 9
Gates: 4
Terrain: Fields and tracks with some on-road
sections. Undulating paths. Some steep slopes
Views: Some good views
Toilets: None on route
Refreshments: Pub and shops near start/finish
Walk Overview
How to get there...
Road Map:
Multimap website
www.multimap.com.
Search for “Otford”
By Car: Otford is on the A225, just
north of Sevenoaks.
Parking: Free car parking is
available opposite the Bull public house in Otford.
Train: Nearest station – Otford (500m). National Rail Enquiries:
08457 484950
Bus: 421 (Sevenoaks – Swanley). 3 journeys. Mon – Sat.
434 (Sevenoaks – Shoreham) 3/4 journeys. Mon - Sat
Traveline: 0870 6082608



12 13
14 16 17
For guidance only, actual conditions encountered may be different to what is shown depending on weather and time of year.
Photo Guide
This circular walk is one of a number of walks produced by
Kent County Council. If you liked this walk you can find more
on the Explore Kent website at
www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent
We welcome any feedback about this walk or the content
of the guide. If you know of a good walk and would like to
share it, please let us know and we may feature it on our
website.
If the route description or pictures are out-of-date please
e-mail explorekent@kent.gov.uk
Please tell us about any problems concerning the paths
using the Kent Report Line 0845 345 0210.
This guide is available in other formats on request.
03/2007
When you’re out walking
in the countryside,
please respect the
Countryside Code.
FAMILY FUN!
Walking is not only a healthy
activity but it can be fun and
informative too. Free activity
worksheets for children of all
ages to take on the walk can be
ordered by emailing
explorekent@kent.gov.uk
or calling
08458 247600.
www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent
Walks in West Kent
• Be safe – plan ahead
and follow any arrows or
signs
• Leave gates and property
as you find them
• Protect plants and
animals, and take your
litter home
• Keep dogs under close
control
• Consider other people
RESTRICTED
BYWAY
BYWAY
BRIDLEWAY
FOOTPATH