GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hollingbourne Circular Walk

6 miles (9 km)

This attractive Kent based village has some fine trails through the North Downs to try. It's also a historic place with over a hundred listed buildings including some fine timber framedstructures on Eyhorne Street and the noteworthy All Saints Churchwhich dates from the 14th century.
This route makes use of the North Downs Way, the Pilgrims Way and other local footpaths to create a circular walk around the village.
The walk starts in the village where you can pick up the North Downs Way and follow the waymarked trail south east. You then pick up a bridleway heading north east to High Wood and Salisbury Wood. Follow Drake Lane to Gotteridge and Mordenden Wood before heading west to Stockbury Wood and Chitt's Wood. This section skirts the edge of the Hucking Estate where there is a waymarked sculpture trail, a Norman church dating to 1100 AD and a fine country pub at the north western end.
From here you follow woodland trails south to meet up with the North Downs Way around Eden's Hole. You can follow the trail back south east to return to Hollingbourne.
Extend the walk by heading south from the village to visit one of the highlights of the area at Leeds Castle.


ME17 1UW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hollingbourne OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hollingbourne Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Hollingbourne

  • North Downs Way - This beautiful trail starts in Farnham, Surrey and heads east through the stunning North Downs to the historic city of Canterbury in Kent
  • Pilgrims Way - Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who followed this ancient track from Winchester in Hampshire, to the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury in Kent
  • Leeds Castle Maidstone - Explore the stunning grounds of this 19th century castle and former residence of Catherine of Aragon.There are 500 acres of beautiful parkland, open water and formal gardens to explore on well laid out walking paths.
  • Maidstone River Walk - A nice riverside walk along the Medway from Maidstone to Leybourne Lakes Country Park
  • Medway Valley Walk - This is a lovely, easy riverside walk along the River Medway from Tonbridge to Rochester
  • Leybourne Lakes Country Park - Enjoy peaceful, waterside walking and cycling at Leybourne Lakes Country Park, near Maidstone in Kent
  • Milton Creek Country Park - A short circular cycle or walk around Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne in Kent
  • Boxley - This little Kent based village is a pleasant place to start a walk
  • Swale Heritage Trail - Travel through Kent along the Swale Heritage Trail from Murston to Goodnestone
  • Conyer - This little Kent based village has some nice waterside walks along the Conyer Creek and the Swale River.
  • Bearsted - This attractive Kent based village has a pretty village green, a local community run woodland park and easy access to the footpaths on the North Downs.
  • Hucking Estate - Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the ancient woodland and open grassland of the Hucking Estate in the Kent Downs AONB
  • Harrietsham - This circular walk explores the pretty bluebell woodland around the village of Harrietsham in the Kent Downs AONB


Back in the village head to the splendidly named Dirty Habit for some post walk refreshments. It's a pub of some note with a history dating back to the 11th century when itbegan life as a monk’s ale and cider house. The pilgrims who passed on their way to Canterbury would refresh themselves and perhaps stay the night. It is also said that James II stayed here whilst escaping the country to France. They serve high quality dishes and have a lovely garden area to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them on Upper Street at postcode ME17 1UW.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails make for a fine dog walk. The Dirty Habit mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north and you could visit Sittingbourne and enjoy a riverside walk along the Swale Heritage Trail to Conyer.
Just to the east there's the neighbouring village of Harrietsham where you can pick up the circular bluebell woodland walk. The walk includes a visit to the noteworthy Ringlestone Inn, a beautiful grade II listed pub housed in building dating back to 1533 and originally used as a hospice for monks.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks and the Kent Walks pages.


Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne - - 1946107

Pilgrims Way, Hollingbourne

Road sign at Hollingbourne - - 1946103

Road sign at Hollingbourne

All Saints Church, Hollingbourne - - 2210050

All Saints Church, Hollingbourne

The Dirty Habit public house, Hollingbourne - - 1946097

The Dirty Habit public house, Hollingbourne

Footpath Junction on Pilgrims Way - - 1801123

Footpath Junction on Pilgrims Way

Gottridge Wood - - 6168

Gottridge Wood. From the Bredgar road. The bridleway marked on the map as passing through the wood and on through Great Darby Shaw is the northern end of Drake Lane, a track which comes up the downs from Greenway Court

Chitt's Wood, Hucking - - 18094

Chitt's Wood, Hucking. Mixed broadleaf woodland - oak, ash, birch, hazel, holly, sweet chestnut. Now managed by the Woodland Trust.

North Downs Way, north of Hollingbourne - - 778330

North Downs Way, north of Hollingbourne. A typical view of the woodland stretch of the Way, just off the byway through Bolton's Wood.


GPS Files

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