Summer in Barham 2022

Circular Walk from Kingston

Wednesday 20 July, 10am | Meet at The Black Robin car park, Kingston

Tickets £11.50 (Incl. £1.50 booking fee) | Approx 2.5 hrs

Led by Penny Morgan | Advanced booking only


Come and enjoy a lovely walk starting from The Black Robin, Kingston. The walk follows footpaths and bridlepaths passing through woods, orchards and meadows. After some gentle climbing great views can be enjoyed across to The Barham Downs, and the prominent spire of St John’s Church, Barham can be seen to the east.

Walking across open farmland we drop down to the village of Bishopsbourne and cross the now defunct Elham Valley railway line. The line closed in 1947 but during the Second World War the massive 18-inch railway-mounted Howitzer artillery gun, nicknamed the “Boche Buster,” was stationed nearby as part of coastal defences. Now all is quiet and Station House is a private residence.

We pass St Mary’s Church containing some notable 14th century wall paintings, and The Oswalds, the former home of author Joseph Conrad. Continuing along The Street, the village hall, Conrad Hall, is named in his honour, and opposite, the Tudor property Forge House, was the one-time home of author Jocelyn Brooke (d.1966) the founder of Kent Conservation Trust.

We drop into The Mermaid for a well-earned drink before continuing along the edge of Charlton Park and return to Kingston.

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Wed 20 Jul


10:00 am





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