GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Otford Circular Walk

7 miles (11 km)

A popular circular walk from the Kent village of Otford, visiting the River Darent, Shoreham, Great Wood and the Otford Mount viewpoint. The route runs for about 7 miles with some moderate hill climbs on the way. From the high points there are fine views over the countryside of the lovely Darent Valley.
The walk starts from Otford train station which is easily accessible from London Victoria. The journey takes a little over half an hour and there's 2 trains an hour.
From the station head west and you will soon come to the River Darent. Here you can pick up the waymarked Darent Valley Path and follow it north to Shoreham, passing the golf course on the way.
After exploring Shoreham the route turns south east, taking you to Dunstall Farm and Magpie Bottom. At Eastdown you turn south to follow woodland trails through Great Wood. At the southern end of the woods you join with the North Downs Way, following the waymarked path west through Hilydeal Wood to Otford Mount. There's some fine views over the North Downs from the elevated position of the Mount.
After desceding the hill the trail soon returns you to the train station where the route finishes. In the village you can also pay a visit to the ruins of the 15th century Otford Palace. The principal surviving remains are the North-West Tower, the lower gallery, now converted to cottages, and a part of the Great Gatehouse. It's located just a short hop south west of the train station.

Otford Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Otford Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Rising Sun in Otford is a good place to stop for refreshments on the walk. 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.

Dog Walking

The countryside and woods surrounding the village make for an excellent dog walk. The Rising Sun pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the north of Shoreham you'll find Lullingstone Country Park. You could extend the walk by continuing along the Darent Valley Path to visit the 460 acre park which includes the 15th Century Lullingstone Castle and a large collection of ancient trees.
Head 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.
To the east there's neighbouring Kemsing where you can explore the Kemsing Downs Nature Reserve. It's a lovely place for a walk with ancient woodland, bluebells, wildlife and more tremendous views from its elevated location.
For more walking ideas in the area see the North Downs Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


St. Bartholomew's Church, Otford, Kent - - 1917227

St. Bartholomew's Church, Otford. A pond to the left is the centre of a large roundabout.

Otford Palace Gatehouse

Otford Palace Gatehouse. Archbishop's Palace ruins

Darent Valley Path along the River Darent, Otford - - 1724909

Darent Valley Path along the River Darent, Otford

Shoreham Village, Kent - - 37772

Shoreham Village, Kent

River Darent, Shoreham, downstream - - 1729488

River Darent, Shoreham, downstream

View of Magpie Bottom Valley - - 1315100

View of Magpie Bottom Valley. This nice valley view is seen from footpath No.SR30 leading from Rowdown Lane to Magpie Bottom road, near Eastdown.

North Downs Way up to Otford Mount - - 1256057

North Downs Way up to Otford Mount. The long distance path climbs this steep path from the Pilgrims Way road in Otford.

Triangulation Pillar near Otford Mount - - 1256078

Triangulation Pillar near Otford Mount. This trig pillar is close to the North Downs Way (a long distance footpath) that climbs up Otford Mount from Otford to Wrotham. The woods in the background are Hillydeal Wood.


GPS Files

GPX File

Otford Circular Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Otford Circular Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)