GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harrietsham Bluebell Walk

6 miles (9.2 km)

This circular walk explores the pretty bluebell woodland around the village of Harrietsham in the Kent Downs AONB.
It follows close to this charity route run by the Heart of Kent Hospice.
The walk starts from the train station in the village, following footpaths north to Coles Dane. Here you can pick up a section of the Pilgrims Way and follow the waymarked trail north west towards Mile Hill.
Here you turn north towards Ringlestone where you could stop for refreshments at the Ringlestone Inn. It's a pub of some note being housed in a beautiful grade II listed building dating back to 1533 and originally used as a hospice for monks.
You continue south east towards Stedehill Wood where there are some peaceful woodland trails with lots of pretty bluebells to see in the spring months.
The final section heads souh west past Marley Court to return to the village.

Harrietsham OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Harrietsham Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Harrietsham

  • Lenham - This Kent based village has some fine walking trails on which to explore the North Downs and the lovely Stour Valley countryside
  • Maidstone River Walk - A nice riverside walk along the Medway from Maidstone to Leybourne Lakes Country Park
  • Stour Valley Walk - Follow the River Stour from its source near Lenham to the estuary at Pegwell Bay on the Kent coast
  • Greensand Way - The Greensand Way runs from Haslemere in Surrey to Hamstreet in Kent following the ridge of greensand rock that crosses the two counties
  • Hothfield Common - This area of common land is located near Ashford in the Kent Downs AONB
  • Charing - This circular walk explores the countryside around the Kent village of Charing
  • Pluckley - Explore the countryside associated with the 'Darling Buds of May' on this walk around the village of Pluckley
  • Ashford - This Kent town is ideally positioned for walkers on the edge of the Kent Downs and the North Downs
  • North Downs Way - This beautiful trail starts in Farnham, Surrey and heads east through the stunning North Downs to the historic city of Canterbury in Kent
  • Pilgrims Way - Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who followed this ancient track from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent
  • Eastwell Park Lake - This walk visits the Eastwell Park Estate in Boughton Lees in Kent
  • Leeds Castle Maidstone - Explore the stunning grounds of this 19th century castle and former residence of Catherine of Aragon.There are 500 acres of beautiful parkland, open water and formal gardens to explore on well laid out walking paths.
  • Hever Castle - Explore the beautiful grounds of this historic castle in Kent on this circular walk
  • Chiddingstone - This delightful Kent village includes many picturesque features including a village pond, Chiddingstone Castle and several historic timber framed properties dating back to the Tudorperiod.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Downs Walks page.

Photos

The Roebuck, Harrietsham - geograph.org.uk - 2077515

The Roebuck, Harrietsham

Almshouses at East Street, Harrietsham - geograph.org.uk - 3914521

Almshouses at East Street, Harrietsham

Harrietsham Station - geograph.org.uk - 2077512

Harrietsham Station

Stile by Pilgrims' Way - geograph.org.uk - 2263159

Stile by Pilgrims' Way

Footpath through the rape - geograph.org.uk - 778381

This footpath through a crop of oilseed rape has been kept clear, unlike many other examples that can be found.

Track in Stedehill Wood - geograph.org.uk - 326850

Track in Stedehill Wood

Pilgrims' Way - geograph.org.uk - 2264526

Pilgrims' Way

Hogbarn Lane - geograph.org.uk - 1730966

Hogbarn Lane

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