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|Hucking Estate Landscape Trail|
|Author: Claire, Published: 31 Oct 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 2.5 mile circular walk around Hucking Estate near Maidstone in Kent. Hucking Estate sits within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a beautiful mix of woodland and grassland. In spring and summer there is an abundance of wild flowers to enjoy, whilst autumn visitors will be greeted with an amazing show of autumn colours and all year round there are stunning views across the Weald of Kent. |
The woodland paths are all wide and well maintained but can be very muddy and slippery in the wetter months, so good boots are a must and wellingtons are recommended in the winter. There are a few gentle slopes throughout. You will need to negotiate a few kissing gates and staggered barriers, but there are no stiles. The grassland fields are used for grazing sheep so take care with dogs in these sections. There are several picnic benches within the woodland, but no other facilities. Allow 1.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes from the free Woodland Trust car park for Hucking Estate. From Jn 7 of the M20, take the A249 towards Sittingbourne. After 4.4 miles, turn right (following the brown tourism signs for Hucking Estate). Follow this narrow road for 2 miles, turn left onto Church Road and follow the road through Hucking village. Continue beyond the village for another half mile, heading south east, and you will find the Woodland Trust car park on the right. The post code ME17 1QT will take you to Hucking village.
|Start to Habitat Log|
Start point: 51.2922 lat, 0.6488 long
Go through the kissing gate at the back of the car park and follow the track ahead passing between the information board on your left and the giant banqueting picnic table on your right. This walking route follows the Landscape Trail through Hucking Estate, which is waymarked with green arrows. Pass through the gap in the hedge and you will come to a junction. Take the path at 1 o’clock, passing a dog waste bin and waymarker post immediately on your left.
|Habitat Log to The Shepherd|
Start point: 51.2863 lat, 0.6412 long
Keep straight ahead at this crossroads and, some way further along, another wide grass track merges in from the left. Follow the green arrow which directs you to swing right and follow the path through a lovely section of coppiced trees to reach a T-junction. Turn left and follow this track all the way to its end where it emerges from the trees to reach a kissing gate ahead.
|The Shepherd to Smokes Wood|
Start point: 51.2813 lat, 0.6372 long
Standing with your back to the shepherd sculpture and the view, walk at about 10 o’clock heading uphill into the centre of the gorse bushes within the pasture. Here you will pick up a waymarker post marking a fork. Take the right-hand branch and stay on the obvious grass track which leads you to a kissing gate alongside a double field gate.
|Smokes Wood to End|
Start point: 51.2895 lat, 0.6407 long
Follow the track uphill to reach a crossroads. Turn left and follow this path downhill and swinging left. At the bottom, the track swings right and leads you uphill once again before levelling off and leading you through a more mature section of woodland.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 31 Oct 2015
The start of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 31 Oct 2015
The large banqueting picnic table at the start of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 31 Oct 2015
The habitat log.
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