GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Shipbourne Circular Walk

8 miles (13.5 km)

This little village in Kent sits in a fine location on the Greensand Ridge and the streams of theRiver Bourne. Much of the village lies within the Kent DownsArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is one of the most expensive places to live in the country with a very high average house price. It's also known for the Grade I listed FairlawneHouse which dates from the 17th century.
This circular walk from the village uses part of the Greensand Way to visit two of the highlights of the area at Ightham Mote and Knole Park. On the way there's bluebell woodland, hill climbs, beautiful parkland, lovely gardens and excellent views over the area from the elevated position of the ridge.
The walk starts in the village next to Shipbourne Common, where you can pick up the Greensand Way and follow the waymarked footpath north west to South Seers Wood and Igtham Mote.
After exploring the house the route continues west to Wilmot Hill, Shingle Hill, Rooks Hill, One Tree Hill and Carter's Hill before coming to Knole Park.
From the house you then head south east to Fawke Common, Bitchet Common, Stravecrow House and Broadhoath Wood where you pick up the Greensand Way again. You can then follow back past Igtham Mote to Shipbourne.

Shipbourne OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Shipbourne Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Shipbourne Pubs/Cafes

The Chaser is located in a nice position next to the common at the start/end of the walk. They do excellent food and have a lovely garden area overlooked by the adjacent old church. It's a fine spot to relax in during the summer months. You can find the pub at Stumble Hill with a postcode of TN11 9PE for your sat navs.

Shipbourne Dog Walking

The hills, common land and woods on the route are ideal for dog walking. The Chaser pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north from the village and there's another National Trust owned area in the shape of Oldbury Hill. Here you will find an Iron Age Hillfort, woodland walking paths and mountain bike trails.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks and the Kent Downs Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Large tree, Shipbourne Common - geograph.org.uk - 1349585

Large tree, Shipbourne Common

The Chaser Inn, Shipbourne - geograph.org.uk - 173571

Built in the early 1880s at the same time as the neighbouring church, the pub is seen from the road across Shipbourne Common.

Ightham Mote - geograph.org.uk - 1063096

Ightham Mote

Gardens and Ornamental Lake at Ightham Mote - geograph.org.uk - 229555

Gardens and Ornamental Lake at Ightham Mote

Deer grazing in Knole Park - geograph.org.uk - 857591

Deer grazing in Knole Park

Crossing Fawkes Common - geograph.org.uk - 857564

Crossing Fawkes Common. Typical mixed oak woodland.

View from One Tree Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1543231

View from One Tree Hill. Seen from the National Trust land. Gives good views over Underriver and Hildenborough. There are pretty bluebells in the surrounding woods here.

Knole Park, long grass and trees - geograph.org.uk - 1012759

Knole Park, long grass and trees

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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