GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Downe Circular Walk

5 miles (8.7 km)

This circular walk explores the countryside and villages around Downe. On the route you will explore the countryside and woods where Charles Darwin observed the natural world, helping him cultivate his now world famous theories.
The walk starts at Down House where Darwin resided. The English Heritage owned house is now an interactive museum where you can learn all about his theories of evolution by natural selection.
From the house you head north into the village of Downe before turning north east into the countryside and farmland. The trail heads east through Cuckoo Wood and Hazelwood before coming to Foxbury Wood. Here you head south west past Mace Farm to the neighbouring village of Cudham.
From Cudham you head west through Single Street before turning north to follow a footpath along the West Kent Golf Club. You then head north east and then south to return to the village and Down House.

Downe Circular Walk Postcode

BR6 7JT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Downe Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Downe Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

After your exercise head to the Queen's Head in Downe for some refreshments. 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 alarge 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 woodland and country trails on the walk are great for dog walking. The Queen's Head pub mentioned above is also dog friendly inside and out.

To continue your walking around Downe you could 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.
On the route just north of Cuckoo Wood there's also High Elms Country Park. You could take a small detour from the route to visit the park which includes 250 acres of countryside, woodlands, a nature centre, an ice well, formal gardens and wildflower meadows.
For more walking ideas in the area see the London Walks page.

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Photos

Downe, Down House - geograph.org.uk - 1398921

Down House Residence of Charles Darwin from 1842-82

Down House, greenhouses - geograph.org.uk - 1399165

Down House, greenhouses. Charles Darwin studied carnivorous plants and orchids here; his collections have been reconstructed

Down House, kitchen garden - geograph.org.uk - 1399173

Down House, kitchen garden. Fruit and vegetables, as grown for use in Charles Darwin's household; raspberries, artichokes & currants on view here.

Down House, sandwalk - geograph.org.uk - 1399185

Down House, sandwalk. This is the Sand Walk which Darwin used for his daily constitutional walk, during which he did much of his thinking about his work on natural selection and the origin of species. The Sand walk is accessed via the Vegetable Garden and runs along the south west periphery of the garden of Down House.

Bridle path in Cuckoo Wood - geograph.org.uk - 740898

Bridle path in Cuckoo Wood. The paths for walkers and horses run side by side up the hill

George and Dragon public house, Downe - geograph.org.uk - 1718861

George and Dragon public house, Downe

High Street, Downe BR6 - geograph.org.uk - 68668

High Street, Downe BR6. Looking north from the tree which still stands in the middle of the road junction. The High Street leads north towards Bromley. To the left is Luxted road, leading towards Biggin Hill. And to the right is Cudham Road, leading towards Cudham. The Queen's Head is one of two pubs in Downe (the other being the George and Dragon) and the parish church is just off to the right of the picture

Cudham Church Spire - geograph.org.uk - 1006208

Cudham parish church, TN14. The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul; according to the church website; "The church is mentioned in theDomesday Bookof 1087, and there has been a church on the site since the mid-10th century."

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Memory Map Route

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