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|Lynsted and Kent’s Orchards|
|Author: Claire, Published: 11 Jun 2012||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 4 mile circular trail from the small village of Lynsted in Kent. Exploring this part of Kent will help you to understand why it is known as ‘The Garden of England’ as you pass through orchards of cherries, plums, apples and pears along with fields of strawberries. The Plough Inn is ideally placed half way round the walk - a great place to take a break with a pint or delicious lunch. |
The walk is a relatively flat and is a mixture of road walking on quiet country lanes and field walking through the orchards and pastures. Some of the fields will be holding sheep so take care with dogs. There are a number of gates and three stiles all with wire mesh surrounds with just a medium-size gap underneath for dogs (our standard poodle just squeezed through). Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
The walk starts from the Church of St Peter and St Paul on The Street in the village of Lynsted. Roadside parking is available on The Street and the nearby sideroads, but please park considerately to the residents. Approximate post code ME9 0RJ.
|Church to Concrete Track|
Start point: 51.3135 lat, 0.7864 long
The walk starts from the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Lynsted. The church is a 14th century broach spired church and is Grade I listed. The whole village is a conservation area with a total of 24 listed buildings.
|Concrete Track to Kissing Gate|
Start point: 51.3205 lat, 0.7903 long
Turn right onto the concrete track and follow this with a pear orchard over to the left.
|Kissing Gate to Nouds Road|
Start point: 51.322 lat, 0.7982 long
Cross over the lane and go through the kissing gate to enter the pasture which is lined with tall poplar trees. Take care with dogs as this pasture is likely to be holding sheep. Cross diagonally to the right to reach a corner of a property boundary on the right, and then continue in the same diagonally right direction (passing close to the telegraph pole) to reach the far right corner of the field.
|Nouds Road to Plough Inn|
Start point: 51.319 lat, 0.808 long
Turn left along Nouds Road, passing a beautiful tall line of old horse chestnut trees on the right. As the trees end, turn right onto a footpath running alongside a crop field to the left. Follow the dog leg, right then left, to continue ahead with the fenced field now to the left. At the end of this section continue ahead with a strawberry field and polytunnels to the right and fenced horse paddocks to the left.
|Plough Inn to Bungalow|
Start point: 51.318 lat, 0.8154 long
Immediately after the pub on the right, turn right onto the concrete farm track marked as a public footpath. The track passes between more orchards.
|Bungalow to End|
Start point: 51.3083 lat, 0.8036 long
Turn right through the black kissing gate to follow the grass path running close to the left hand field boundary. Continue ahead with the fence on the left and to the left you’ll see a large raised strawberry growing facility under polytunnels to the left. Pass through a metal gate to continue ahead into a sheep pasture. Continue with the fence close to your left and then pass through another gate to reach the next field.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2012 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
Having completed many iFootpath walks, we had high hopes for the beautiful Kent countryside. The directions were very good, but apart from that this wasn't a pleasurable walk! A lot of the footpaths were overgrown to the point of no visible way through and we were battling waist-high stinging nettles on both sides of very narrow paths. When the paths opened out into fields, these were really long grass, dotted with sheep poo (unable to see and therefore avoid the inevitable!) and very uneven ground with rabbit holes so you really have to concentrate on where you are stepping. My husband even took a tumble at one point - a first after many hundreds of miles walking! If you are attempting this during the summer months consider taking a strimmer!
|By nancywalking on 10 Jun 2016|
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