WALKS AROUND ALKHAM
(updated 31st March 2014)
All the walks start from the car park opposite the village hall. Approaching Alkham from the Folkestone direction go about 50 metres past the Marquis and turn right. Entering the village the from Dover direction after going round a sharp right hand and left hand bend, turn left† into Hogbrook Lane. A short distance down on the right you will see the village hall, which is painted green and opposite is a car park.
As Alkham is in a valley be ready for some steady climbing on all the walks suggested below.
The map showing the footpaths has letters at various points and these are shown in brackets at the relevant points on the walk information.
About 7.5 kilometres in length taking you in a large loop around the north side of the parish on arable land and pasture land with livestock and country lanes.
From the car park, cross the road and walk down the left hand side of the village hall (A) and round the back of the hall to the Alkham Valley road. Cross the road and walk in front of the Marquis, turn sharp left up the side of the Marquis to the lychgate at the entrance to St Anthonyís church (B).
Walk straight ahead past the church to a kissing gate. Pass through this and walk a short distance between fences to a gate and then continue to an opening kissing gate a short distance forward.
Go through the kissing gate and you will see a footpath that goes up the hill. From here continue up the hill and when you reach the top and a short distance on there is a gap in the hedge by a stile. Continue the short distance over the next field to a gap in the hedge. On the other side is a cultivated field across which you walk until you come to a byway which crosses the footpath. This byway is generally rutted and is called Pimlico Way (C), which runs from (W) to (M).
Continue in a straight line across the next field until you come to a road (D). Turn right and follow the road for about a kilometre passing the top of Slip Lane(Q) and a couple of accesses. Eventually the road descends to a sharp left hand bend at which point a track goes straight on (E). Follow this track and pass through a field gate. There is generally livestock in this field. Walk through the field for about ĺ of a kilometre along the bottom and then head up to the top right corner before you meet a cross fence. In the corner there is a gate leading into a wood. Walk through the wood following the main track and pass through the gate on the other side. Continue walking in the same direction and after a short distance pass through another field gate onto a track between two fields. Follow the track until you get to a road (F).
Cross the road and just to the right is another road going straight ahead; this is Belsey Lane. Walk down this lane for about a kilometre passing Greenwich Lane on your left until you get to Ewell Minnis. Ferne Lane joins on your right (G) and passing this the road narrows with hedges on both sides, opening up to a telephone box and post box on an island to the left.
Walk straight on just past this island and take the next right, which is Green Lane (donít go down the hill). Walk up Green Lane and after a short distance you will come to a kissing gate on the left (H).
Go through the kissing gate into the field, which normally has livestock in, sometimes lambs. The footpath across the field should be visible but if it is overgrown take a diagonal line across the field and eventually drop down to a fence line by a wood. If youíve taken the right line you should end up with a wood to the front, a wire fence to the right and a kissing gate in front of you. This is Sladden wood (J).
Sladden Wood is maintained by The Kent Trust for Nature Conservation and is a nature reserve. Follow the path through the wood until you come to a kissing gate. Pass through the gate into a field, which normally has livestock in.
There is open access to this field and from the kissing gate you have to walk straight up the hill and down the other side. However, because it is open access, you can walk round the lower part of the hill if you like, to get to the other side. Here you will find another kissing gate (K). On the other side is a small field normally with a horse in leading to another kissing gate. Pass through this onto a path with overhanging trees. After a short distance the path forks; follow the left turn down to the Alkham Valley Road.
Cross the Alkham Valley Road and go slightly left and down Short Lane (L). At the bottom turn right and walk along the road to the end, where you will find a narrow footpath, which leads to the village green. Walk straight on by the football pitch back to car park where you started from.
This is similar to Walk One but a bit shorter at about 6 kilometres, around the northern part of the parish.
Follow Walk One to Pimlico Way (C). Turn right and follow Pimlico Way to Slip Lane (M). Go up the bridleway, which is roughly opposite leading up to Chalksole Green Lane (N). Turn left here and about 20 metres along on the right go through a pedestrian field gate. Go at a slight angle passing the end of a hedge, which has been laid, and on to a small gate. Continue walking in the same direction until you get to a field gate, which leads onto pasture land (O).
It is unclear which side of the fence the footpath runs but it is probably best to stay in the same field and turn sharp left and follow the fence line to a small gate at the far end. Go through the gate and follow the leylandi until you get to a partially paved road. Follow this road until you get to an island and go to the left where you will meet a road. Continue left along the road past the top of Slip Lane (Q) to the next bend (D). Turn to the left and walk across the field back to Pimlico Way and then back to Alkham.
This is about 3 kilometres. Follow Walk Two to the bottom of Pimlico Way (M) and turn right down Slip Lane back to the village hall.
LONGER WALKS NORTH OF THE VILLAGE
Walk to Ewell Minnis. The quickest route is to go from the car park across the football pitch walking on the right hand side of the dyke. At the end of the green you will see a path which has a leylandi hedge on one side and a wooden panel fence on the other. This leads to Short Lane and follow the road round the 90 degree bend (L) up to the Alkham Valley Road. Slightly to the left and opposite is a track leading up to point (K) on the map. Turn right here and walk along the track before passing through a kissing gate. Continue straight on and go through another kissing gate. Turn left and go over the hill, or as it is open access, walk round the lower part.
Once over the hill you should see a kissing gate into Sladden Wood (J). Follow the main track to the right up to another kissing gate. From here strike a diagonal across the next field to a kissing gate in the corner by a track (H). Turn right onto the track and walk to a T junction where there will be an island with a phone box and telephone box to your left. Walk to the right of the island into Ewell Minnis.
After a short distance the road forks, with Redbarn Lane to the right and Newcastle Lane to the left. Go right and following the road and then paths (X) it will take you down to Kearsney. Here you can cross into Bushey Ruff and then follow the footpath back to Alkham. Itís probably a 10 kilometre walk. Going to the left at Ewell Minnis and following the road and paths (Y) can take you down to Watersend to the north of Temple Ewell. If you take the path at (Z) it will lead to Lydden.
This is to the south of the village and is about 4 kilometres in length. The quickest route is to go from the car park across the football pitch walking on the right hand side of the dyke. At the end of the green you will see a path which has a leylandi hedge on one side and a wooden panel fence on the other. This leads to Short Lane and where the road turns sharp left (L), walk straight on up the track. Pass through a field gate and follow the path close to the fence to the brow of the hill. From here you can see the path, which is called the Priestís Walk, leading up to a wood. Follow this path for about 500 metres and then fork right up towards St Radigunds (R). Turn right and walk along the road for about ĺ of a kilometre until you come to a house called Mount Ararat (S). Turn right here and follow the path, known as The Firs back to Alkham. The last 400 metres will be down Hogbrook Lane.
This is to the south of the village and is about 3.5 kilometres long. Walk round the back of the village hall and up to the wide verge by the Alkham Valley Road. Turn left and walk along the verge a short distance to a path, which leads into the small estate of houses. Take this path and on reaching the estate road bear right and after a short distance you will see a footpath between two houses.
Go up the footpath, through a gate and into a field. Carry on across two stiles and strike for another stile on the far side of the field on the edge of a small wood. Pass through the wood onto Hogbrook Lane (U). Turn right and after a very short distance take a path up the opposite verge to a stile leading to a field. Continue on about the same line up the field where you will find another stile. Cross this to an arable field continuing across a paved track to a gap in a hedge (T). On passing through the hedge turn left and follow the footpath leading to a wood and then a road. From this point walk along the road about 200 metres to Mount Ararat. From here follow Walk Four back to Alkham.
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