Shoreham to Eynsford Walk
This walk follows a lovely section of the Darent Valley Path from Shoreham to Eynsford in Kent. There's nice riverside trails, countryside views and a visit to Lullingstone Country Park. The route runs for a distance of about 4 miles on largely flat paths.
The walk starts on the bridge over the River Darent in the small Kent village of Shoreham. From here you can pick up the Darent Valley Path, a waymarked footpath which runs from Sevenoaks to Dartford along the river. Follow the footpath north past the weirs and you will soon come to the splendid Lullingstone Country Park. The 460 acre park includes a large collection of ancient trees and the 15th Century Lullingstone Castle. There's miles of good footpaths to try if you want to take a detour from the route and explore the woods to the west of the river.
This route passes the castle and continues past Hulberry Farm and the Lullingstone Roman Villa. Constructed in the 1st century, perhaps around A. D. 80-90, the occupants were wealthy Romans or native Britons who had adopted Roman customs. Shortly after passing the village you come into Eynsford. You will pass the picturesque ford over the river, and the hump-back bridge alongside. There are also many other old buildings including the 16th-century Plough Inn and the Old Mill to see in the pleasant village.
To extend your walk you could continue north along the path to Farningham Woods and Darenth Country Park.
Shoreham to Eynsford Walk Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Shoreham to Eynsford Walk Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Shoreham to Eynsford Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Shoreham to Eynsford Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
In Shoreham there are two historic 16th century pubs of some note. The Kings Arms is a traditional pub with low ceilings, history on the walls and a garden area. You can find it on Church St, with a postcode of TN14 7SJ. Also on Church Street is Ye Olde George Inn. It's dog friendly and also has a great history attached to it.
There's a few good options for refreshments in Eynsford at the end of the walk. The Riverside Tea Room is in a great location for some afternoon tea. There's a good menu and outdoor seating for warmer days. You can find it at postcode DA4 0AE.
The Malt Shovel is another nice choice. The friendly pub does great food and also has a nice beer garden to relax in. You can find it at postcode DA4 0EP your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Head south west and you can pick up the Knockholt Circular Walk and explore the North Downs around the elevated village. The route passes close to the attractive Chevening Hall and provides fine views over the area from the high points.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Downs Walks and the North Downs Walks page.