Things to see and do at Mariners Hill near Chartwell
With panoramic views of the Weald, Mariners Hill near Chartwell is a fantastic spot to enjoy a good walk or just admire the surrounding countryside. Walk in the footsteps of one of the National Trust's founders, Octavia Hill.
Mariners Hill is much enjoyed by local people and dog walkers, who value its tranquil walks and excellent panoramic views of the Weald.
The wildlife in the area includes many native birds and an array of dead-wood invertebrates. The hill has several paths which form small circular walks or, for those with more time, there is the long-distance Greensand Way, which runs along the northern boundary.
The character of the wood was dramatically changed by the storm of 1987, however damaged areas were left to recover naturally. These are now developing into maturing semi-natural woodlands. Don't miss a visit in spring when the woodland comes alive with a carpet of bluebells.
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Mariners Hill obelisk
The obelisk at Mariners Hill commemorates the land given to the National Trust through Octavia Hill's work. The land was given to us in remembrance of Octavia's mother Caroline Southwood Hill.
Holy Trinity Church
Take a small detour from Mariners Hill to visit the church at Crockham Hill. Here you can see Octavia's grave underneath the yew tree, as well as a stone memorial and stained glass window illustrating her work.
How to get here
Address: Hosey Common Road, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6TB
Take A25 to Westerham, then B2026 for Crockham Hill. After about 2 miles Mariners Hill will be on your left. Parking: Lay-by parking for three cars
Park at Chartwell and follow the Mariners Hill loop walk from the car park entrance
Address: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS
Parking costs £4 for the day and is free for National Trust members