Biggin Hill Circular Walk
This circular walk from Biggin Hill explores the farmland and woodland to the north of the town. On the way you'll visit the villages of Downe and Cudham, while also exploring the lovely High Elms Country Park. The route also passes the noteworthy Down House, former residence of Charles Darwin. The town is notable as one of the highest points of Greater London, rising to over 210 metres (690 ft) above sea level. It's home to London Biggin Hill Airport and located close to the North Downs which you can explore on the North Downs Way.
This route starts from the public car park at the northern end of the town. From here you can pick up footpaths heading north to Ladies Wood, Snotsdale Wood and Leasons Wood next to the West Kent Golf Club. The route continues to the pretty village of Downe which has strong associations with Charles Darwin.
From Downe you head north to pick up a section of the London Loop and follow the waymarked trail east into High Elms Country Park. The popular park includes 250 acres of countryside, woodlands, a nature centre, an ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows.
After exploring the park you head south through Cuckoo Wood before following other trails to Cudham.
From Cudham you head west through Single Street before turning south west through Berry's Green. The final section takes you through Aperfield to return to Biggn Hill and the car park.
PostcodeTN16 3LB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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The Black Horse is located near the start of the walk in Biggin Hill. The pub does good food and has a nice large garden area to sit out in. You can find it at postcode TN16 3DX.
In Downe you could make a pit stop at the Queen's Head. This 16th century pub was wwarded Pub of the Year 2014, by the Bromley section of CAMRA, and has been included in the good beer guides for 9 years. There's a cosy interior with several log fires, while outside there's a large walled patio / garden area for finer days. The pub includes the Darwin bar where the man himself used to drink. You can find the pub on the High Street with postcode BR6 7US for your sat navs.
The Blacksmith Arms in Cudham is another historic pub of some note. The old inn was built during the reign of Charles I (1625 – 1649) in the year 1628. The property at this time is described as a farm dwelling with stables. These days it's a fine country pub with a good menu and selection of ales. There's also a lovely garden area where you can enjoy your refreshment outside on warmer days. You can find the pub on Cudham Lane at a postcode of TN14 7QB for your sat navs.
The woodland and countryside trails around the town are ideal for dog walking. The Queen's Head and Blacksmith Arms pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The town forms part of the south-eastern London borough of Bromley where you can also try the circular Bromley Walk and visit the nearby Keston Common and Hayes Common, where there are some nice trails to try. You can also pick up the London Loop in the area and visit Orpington.
The Berrys Green Circular is another good option for exploring the area on waymarked footpaths.
To the south is Betsoms Hill, the highest point in the county of Kent. This area also includes Westerham Heights, the highest point of Greater London.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks or North Downs Walks pages.