Walks And Walking – Aldington Walk In Kent
This is a 4 mile circular walk in Kent from the Walnut Tree Inn Aldington across some truly glorious countryside, including a short section of the Saxon Shore Way.
We parked on the road opposite the Walnut Tree Inn situated by Aldington Corner next to the vast playing fields. There is plenty of parking available.
We then started our walk down Forge Hill until we reached the signpost on our left hand side and climbed over the rickety stile. This is the short section of the Saxon Shore Way.
We continued our walk across the field, following the well trodden tracks, to another rickety stile.
We climbed over the style turning left to follow the waymarker downhill and around the field edge, crossing a stile in to the woods.
We then continued our walk through the woods to climb another stile and still following the Saxon Shore Way where we then kept to the fence line bearing left, to a stile.
We then crossed the plank bridge On our right hand side, which was a little over covered with weeds, nettles and brambles.
This then opened up to some fabulous views of the Kent countryside as we kept left steadily uphill, walking between pylons to a metal gate.
We then continued our walk through the gate and on to the road, walking passed some amazing houses and an oast house.
We turned right and then at the next left to make our way to Aldington Church, which was absolutely beautiful.
We then continued our walk passed the church, downhill to a track on our right hand side going up to Tickner Cottage And some other quintessentially English cottages that all looked adorable.
We then followed the track to walk behind the church to an area of Court Lodge Farm where there were the remains of Archbishop’s Palace, also formerly occupied by Henry VIII during the reformation. There’s nothing there to see though, so you’ll just have to imagine it!
At the wooden gate we then continued our walk along the track following the tree line down to a stile.
We then walked diagonally left across the field to then follow the field edge around to Middle Park Farm.
We continued our walk through the farm and two gates following the left hand field edge, crossing a stile and wooden bridge.
This opened up to a wide grassy path at Lower Park Farm where we then joined a shingle track to the gate at the road.
We then walked left onto the lane and right onto the drive of Hogben Farm.
The gate by the hedge was on our immediate left and crossed the paddock to another gate where we walked in front of the house following the marked path on the left to another gate.
We continued our walk straight ahead where we then crossed a footbridge.
After crossing the footbridge we kept to the right to cross double stiles in the hedgerow on our right hand side.
We then walked left across the field, passing under power cables to a gate in the corner of the field. This was an unexpected highlight of our walk!
We then continued our walk to climb over a stile on our immediate left into a cornfield.
We walked through the wide track through the cornfield diagonally to the right where we then turned right to a gate at the road.
We finished our walk by turning left on the road all the way back to the Walnut Tree Inn. We popped in for a refreshing drink and it’s a fabulous place – the food menu looked great!
This walk was just under 4 miles with a 259ft ascent and 203ft descent. It took 2 hours to complete with our 9 year old son and 5 year old daughter.