This walk is 4.5 miles and takes 2 hours but easily extended if you want a longer walk as the area is laced with footpaths.
|The Weald of Kent from Ide Hill|
|Blue Bells at Ide Hill|
How to Get there
We go via the Blackwall Tunnel to the M25, follow the A21 as it splits off the M25 around junction 5 and then take the turning for Westerham. At Sundridge traffic lights take a left to Ide Hill. Once there go right through through the village and when you hit the main road, spectacular views unfold, turn right and immediately on your right is a parking area, with toilets and recycling bins. This is where we usually park.
Tea, Cake and all that.
Ide Hill Community Shop is at the back of the car park above and serves tea, cake and when we arrived in the morning also had bacon rolls.
Back in the village is a picturesque 18th century pub, the Cock Inn, with inglenook fireplace.
|Cock Inn at Ide Hill|
The Ordnance Survey explorer map is 147 Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. This weekend I forgot the map, but we found this walk on Kent Ramblers site which was pretty easy to follow on the iphone, the parking place above is marked by the toilet sign.
|View of Ide hill from Scords Wood|
|Walking towards another bluebell carpeted wood.|
|Wild garlic/ransoms/buckrams/bear leek|
|Wild Arum/Snakeshead/Lords and Ladies/Devils and Angels/Cuckoo-pint/Jack in the pulpit|
|Yellow Dead Nettle/Yellow Archangel/Weasel Snout with I think Ground Ivy/Creeping Charlie/Run Away Robin|
|Blue bells and Lesser Stichwort|
|Primroses, Celandine and Bluebells|
Geology and History
The topography of Kent all made sense when I discovered this diagram on Wiki. Essentially a dome of different geological layers had risen up, the top eroded and the series of ridges which characterise Kent were created as the softer layers such as clay eroded more quickly than the harder layers of sandstone and chalk.