Visit the highest point on the Kent Downs on this circular walk in Sevenoaks. There's hundreds of acres of woodland to explore with wonderful views over the Weald of Kent.
This circular walk starts at the National Trust car park and follows footpaths to the Toys Hill viewpoint where you can stop and soak in the views over the Kent countryside. The route then heads along Scords Lane and Scords Wood where you pick up the Greensand Way to take you to the village of Ide Hill. On this section you will pass the memorial bench to Octavia Hill, the founder of the National Trust. The area is one of the National Trust's first properties with the estate now occupying more than 200 acres.
The pretty village of Ide Hill marks the half way point on the walk so it's a nice place to stop for refreshments. Ide hill has a nice village green and the 19th century St Mary's church, the highest church in Kent.
After leaving Ide Hill you head to the beautiful Emmetts Garden. The 19th century garden contains many exotic trees and shrubs from around the world. From here you head back to the car park via Scord Wood.
This route is designed for walking but you can also bring your bike to Toys Hill and pick up one of the bridleways through the woods. If you head along Scords Lane you can pick up a bridleway taking you through Scords Wood to Emmetts Garden.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could head along the Greensand Way to the nearby Chartwell House. Our 8 mile Westerham Circular Walk visits the hill and Chartwell from the town centre.