GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hucking Estate

2 miles (4 km)

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the ancient woodland and open grassland of the Hucking Estate in the Kent Downs AONB. Waymarked walking trails will take you along well surfaced paths with scupltures and fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Spring is a great time for this walk as you will find a carpet of pretty bluebells in the delightful woodland glades. Free parking is available on Church Road, where this circular walk starts and finishes.
If you'd like to extend your walk then you could follow the North Downs Way to the nearby White Horse Wood Country Park for more walking trails with great views. It is located about 2.5 miles to the west.
The Hucking Estate is located a few miles north east of Maidstone where you can enjoy some pleasant riverside walks.

Postcode

ME17 1QS - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hucking Estate OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hucking Estate Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The 19th century Hook and Hatchet is conveniently located right next to the estate. They serve fine homemade pub food which you can enjoy in the lovely garden large area. You can find them just west of the car park at postcode ME17 1QTfor your sat navs. They also have a camping area if you've got your tent with you.

Dog Walking

The woodland and country trails on the estate are ideal for dog walking. The Hook and Hatchet pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The circular Hollingbourne starts from the nearby village and skirts the southern edge of the estate. The historic village is well worthy of some investigation with over a hundred listed timber framed buildings and the noteworthy All Saints Churchwhich dates from the 14th century.

Photos

Beech Tree On Hucking Estate Walk - geograph.org.uk - 2057166

Beech Tree On Hucking Estate Walk

Chalk Grassland On Hucking Estate - geograph.org.uk - 2057142

Chalk Grassland On Hucking Estate

Squire Croft, Hucking Estate - geograph.org.uk - 2057133

Squire Croft

Smokes Wood, Hucking - geograph.org.uk - 1080397

Smokes Wood. On bridleway from Church Road to Broad Street Hill Road.

Chitt's Wood, Hucking - geograph.org.uk - 18094

Chitt's Wood. Mixed broadleaf woodland - oak, ash, birch, hazel, holly, sweet chestnut. Now managed by the Woodland Trust.

Hook ^ Hatchet, Hucking - geograph.org.uk - 2346138

Hook and Hatchet pub.

Entrance to Hucking Estate - geograph.org.uk - 149494

Entrance to Hucking Estate. Just to the east of St Margaret's church, presumably designed to discourage wheeled vehicles while allowing access for people, dogs and horses to this Access Land.

St Margaret, Hucking, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 324291

St Margaret church, near to the car park and entrance. The interesting Norman church dates back to 1100 AD. The Grade II listed building has a small, square wooden belfry in place of a tower and retains some medieval stonework.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Hucking Estate.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)