Pluckley Circular Walk
Explore the countryside associated with the 'Darling Buds of May' on this walk around the village of Pluckley. The village is also well known as 'The most haunted village in England' due to paranormal activity in nearby "Screaming Wood".
This circular walk uses the Greensand Way and the Stour Valley Walk to create a circular walk from the village. It passes the train station on the way so you also start from there if you prefer. The route first heads east along the waymarked Greensand Way to Walnut Tree Farm and the village of Little Chart where there's pretty mill ponds and an old ruined church. The route continues east to Codham Wood and the Hothfield Common Nature Reserve. The common contains Kent's last four valley bogs and one of its few remaining fragments of open heath with patches of acid grassland. The site also includes interesting flora with pretty heather, common gorse and heath spotted-orchid.
After passing through the common the route continues south west to Benacre Wood, before following country lanes to Pluckley Station. Here you pick up the Greensand Way and follow it north through Chambers Green to Pluckley.
Just to the west of the village you can continue your walking in Dering Woods. The site is also known as "Screaming" wood due to reports of paranormal activity in the area. There's two waymarked trails here and lots of wildlife to look out for on the way.
Pluckley Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Pluckley Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Pluckley OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Pluckley Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
If you follow the Stour Valley Walk north west you could visit the nearby village of Lenham. The worthy settlement includes a pretty square and a historic high street with a number of listed buildings. There's also a Grade I listed Tithe Barn, an early 1600s pub and a notable 14th century church to investigate.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Downs Walks page.