Bore Place to Little Brown Jug Pub

This is a circular walk but is described in two sections, so you can choose to just walk to or from the Little Brown Jug, rather than doing the whole loop. Nothing beats the promise of a cosy pub after a bracing walk in the Kent countryside. This gentle walk boasts the choice of two pubs within an hour on foot of Bore Place, using the network of public footpaths and bridleways. The walk takes in classic Low Weald landscape with its patchwork of arable fields and grazing pastures.

Technical sheet
No. 5940170
A Chiddingstone walk posted on 05/03/21 by Bore Place. Update : 05/03/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h20[?]
Distance Distance : 7.96km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 28m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 28m
Highest point Highest point : 75m
Lowest point Lowest point : 43m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Chiddingstone
Starting point Starting point : N 51.219593° / E 0.155238°
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Description

(D/A) Setting off from Bore Place car park and using the map and public footpath way-markers to guide you, turn left and head down the entrance drive until you meet Bore Place Road. Turn left again and walk with caution along the short stretch of road until you reach Bushy Wood Place.

(1) Turn right and head straight up the drive. Continue to the farmhouse at the top of the drive and look for a gate on your right, between the farmhouse and the pond. Follow the footpath, crossing a wooden bridge straight through the wooded strip and out the other side. Keep left along the edge of the field and then cross the field diagonally, looking for the metal gate in the hedge which meets the road.

(2) Cross the road with care looking for the footpath just to your right which takes you diagonally across two fields towards the woods beyond Brownings Farm. Keep an eye out for the converted oast house behind you to your right, and cut straight through the woods ahead. As you pass out the other side, bear right to follow the woodland edge, to the gap in the hedge. Continue straight along the footpath cutting across the field towards the two oak trees and following the field edges towards Charcott Farm and then Camp Hill.

(3) As you approach Camp Hill, look for the stile in the hedge to the left of the farm buildings. Pass over the stile onto the drive and turn left towards the road. Turn left onto the road taking extreme care walking towards oncoming traffic for 100m, looking for the surfaced footpath on your right which takes you towards Chiddingstone Causeway and your destination.

Keep an eye out for the World War II concrete pillbox in the field on your left. This squat concrete fort is one of 28,000 built hastily in 1940 in strategic locations across the British Isles to prevent the anticipated German invasion. You can also make out the church tower of St Luke’s ahead.

(4) At the end of this path where it meets the road, turn right onto the pavement and walk the short distance downhill to the pub which is on your right. A selection of beers and ales and freshly cooked food awaits you. Remember to check opening times before you set off! To return to Bore Place either retrace your steps or to make it a circular route follow the description below.

(5) Turn left out of the Little Brown Jug entrance and walk up the hill looking for the public footpath on your left opposite St Luke’s Church.

(4) Take this path and follow it until you reach the road at the other end.

(6) Turn right here and walk with extreme caution the short distance along the road facing oncoming traffic and cross over to the left onto the road that leads into the picturesque village of Charcott and the Greyhound pub. If you want to explore the village follow the road that bears right, otherwise continue on the footpath straight on, looking for a gate on the right which takes you across fields. Walk through the fields until you cross a small stream.

(7) At the end of the field, where the footpaths cross, turn left. Continue until you arrive at Little Hale with its duck ponds full of mallards and moorhens.

(8) You will then meet the road, turn right, and walk 60m until you see the gate in the hedge on the opposite side of the road. Cross the road and take this path up the slope to Hale Farm, following the hedge bank and keeping it on your left. Look out for electric fences here. After you pass the yard on your left, keep an eye out for the footpath waymarkers also on your left which lead you through a small gate in the hedge. Go through the gate and stay right along the hedge to the top of the hill, over the stile and then diagonally across the next field, to the gap in the left-hand corner, looking out for the Bore Place wind turbine as you go. Pass through the gap and follow the line of the power lines above you, diagonally across the corner of this field, to a stile into a horse paddock on the left. Cut across the paddock to the stile at the bottom edge and go over it, taking care down a steep uneven bank on the other side to meet the road.

(1) Now turn left onto the road, and walk with care to where it bends left at The Old Forge. Turn right following the sign for Bore Place to complete the walk.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 71m - Bore Place
1 : km 0.67 - alt. 62m - Bore Place Road
2 : km 1.64 - alt. 57m - Hale Oak Road
3 : km 2.6 - alt. 57m - Camp Hill
4 : km 3.49 - alt. 56m - B2027
5 : km 3.68 - alt. 43m - Little Brown Jug entrance
6 : km 4.33 - alt. 54m - Road
7 : km 5.58 - alt. 51m - Intersection of paths
8 : km 6.22 - alt. 56m - Road
D/A : km 7.96 - alt. 71m - Bore Place

Useful Information

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Bore Place is home to the Commonwork Trust, established by Jenifer and Neil Wates in 1977 to explore ways of living and working sustainably.

Timothy Duke set up a factory making cricket balls in Chiddingstone Causeway in 1841. The classic red leather balls carrying his name are still used today by the English cricket team and in UK test cricket.

Oast houses are distinctive buildings designed for kilning (drying) hops as part of the brewing process. The white cowls on top of the conical buildings allowed heat to escape from the drying floors below. Many oast houses today have been converted into homes.

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