This walk climbs to Detling Hill, just to the east of the village of Detling in Kent. The hill is located in the Kent Downs area of the North Downs and provides fine views over the surrounding countryside from the summit.
You can start the walk from Detling village and follow the North Downs Way east to Gorse Farm before picking up other paths to take you to the hill top which stands at a height of 200 m (660 ft).
It's only about a one mile walk from the village and a fairly easy climb so suitable for most abilites.
After taking in the fine views over the Low Weald, the route then descends to Thurnham Castle in White Horse Wood Country Park. Here you'll find the remains of a 12th-century flint-built castle constructed by Robert of Thurnham in the reign of Henry II.
The route then proceeds to the village of Thurnham where you can enjoy refreshments at the cafe before retracing your steps back to Detling.
Detling Hill Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Detling Hill Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Detling Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Detling Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the west there's the lovely village of Boxley to visit. Here you'll find the noteworthy Boxley Warren Nature Reserve and the remains of the 12th century Boxley Abbey.
Just to the east there's the circular Bearsted Walk which you can pick up around Thurnham Castle. The neighbouring village is worth a visit with a nice village green, a 13th century church, a conservation area with many historic listed buildings and a 17th century pub to see.
To the south east there's the village of Hollingbourne. The historic village includes over a hundred listed buildings including some fine timber framed structures on Eyhorne Street and the noteworthy All Saints Church which dates from the 14th century. There's also a splendid 11th century pub to investigate after your exercise. Just to the north of here there's also the lovely Hucking Estate which includes a Norman church, a waymarked sculpture trail and another fine country pub at the north western end.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Downs Walks and North Downs Walks pages.