As part of our mission to promote walking in our local area we have developed seven walks starting from the village of Lyminge and covering the south part of the Elham Valley. Catering for both the casual and the seasoned walker the routes range from 5.2 miles (Head of the Valley) to 17.4 miles (the Lyminge Ring), the routes passing through a wide variety of landscapes, villages and points of interest.
Downloadable files of the main map as well as direction sheets for each route can be found below.
0: MAP OF ALL OF THE WALKS
1: PADDLESWORTH & BACK 5.7m 3.0hrs easy
A walk up an attractive dry valley to the crest of the chalk scarp with open fields and downland meadows with views in all directions. With its “Highest Church, Smallest Steeple”, Paddlesworth hamlet has a special charm and a special pub.
2: HEAD OF THE VALLEY 5.2m 2.5hrs easy
A shorter but strenuous walk around the watershed of the Nailbourne: a varied landscape with a long and fascinating history. You may feel you are walking in the steps of ‘Saints Ethelburga and Eadburg’. The old railway line should spark the imagination.
3: TOLSFORD HILL PANORAMA 5.8m 3.0 hrs easy
Walk up to the impressive landmark of Tolsford Hill tower near the crest of the chalk downs, with views across the High Weald, the English Channel and Romney Marsh. Look down on the picturesque village of Postling and its beautiful church.
4: THE RIM OF THE DOWNS 5.4m 3.0 hrs easy
This longer walk covers high ground to the south of Bishopsbourne with great views to the West, circles via coppice woodland (with an optional pub stop), and meadows before a final leg through the grounds of Bourne House and along the course of the Nailbourne.
5: RHODES MINIS – ELHAM CIRCULAR 8.1m 4 hrs moderate
This slightly longer walk has something for everyone. Superb woodland with tall conifers and sweet chestnuts, hamlets and the villages. Rest and refresh at Elham or Lyminge: such an important Anglo-Saxon settlement.
6: VALLEYS AND DOWNS 5.6m 3 hrs easy
Walk along the water meadow between Lyminge and Elham on the popular Elham Valley Way before ascending to the downs, using paths through open meadows and along small country lanes with their ecologically rich hedgerows. Fine views of the Elham Valley.
7: LYMINGE RING 17.4m 8hrs demanding
A full day’s walk following the outer boundaries of the six other routes. Taking in the variety of landscapes accessible from Lyminge village, an important Anglo-Saxon centre of power and culture. This walk has many fine viewpoints.