Darent Valley Path
Travel through the Kent Downs AONB and along the Darent River on this beautiful walk.
You start off near Sevenoaks Railway Station and head north through the delightful tranquility of the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve. The route continues towards Otford (with its 16th century Palace) and then onto Shoreham where you'll pass Lullingstone Country Park. As one of the oldest family estates in England (1497) Lullingstone Castle has an interesting history and attractive gardens making it well worth a visit.
The next section takes you on to Eynsford and Farningham where the river is particularly attractive. This section passes Eynsford Castle and the pretty Farningham Woods Nature Reserve, which is worth a small detour from the path.
From Farningham you enter the outskirts of London, passing Darenth Country Park and Dartford before finishing at Dartford flood barrier - the world's second largest movable flood barrier.
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On the route we recommend you stop at the splendid Bricklayers Arms at Chipstead Lake. The lakeside public house, includes three terraced cottages and has a fine menu. There's also a nice outdoor seating area with views overlooking the pretty village green and the lake. The pub's sign represents Sir Winston Churchill, an expert bricklayer and whose home was at nearby Chartwell. You can find it in the village at postcode TN132RZ for your sat navs.
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 as well. 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.
The Rising Sun in Otford is another good option. They have a fantastic garden area with fine views over the North Downs countryside. It's a great spot to relax in on fine summer days. You can find the pub just to the west of the village on Twitton Lane with a postcode of TN14 5JS for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.