Mariners Hill Walk from Hosey Common carpark

Walking trail

Explore Mariners Hill on this loop trail; an extension of our Westerham to Chartwell trail. The Mariners Loop crosses through National Trust and Squerryes Court land and has been made possible by the kind support and permission of the Warde family.

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A summer view across Chartwell house and beyond from Mariners Hill


Map of Mariner's Hill walk with extension to Hosey Common carpark


Hosey Common carpark


Start your walk from the public carpark at Hosey Common. This carpark is outside of National Trust care and parking here is at your own risk. Facing away from the road, head along the footpath to your right through the woods. Follow the path around to the edge of the wood and a path cross-way.


Turn right down a small track and into the small, pretty village of French street. Take the next footpath on your right and continue down this public footpath. Keep left at the fork in the path.


Head straight over the road and along the footpath ahead of you, bearing left. Continue down the public footpath until you reach Mapleton Road, with Chartwell's entrance drive on your left.


Cross the road and up the steps, following the fairly steep climb to the first finger post. Take the left hand fork and continue along this path as it runs parallel with Mapleton road, passing a couple of benches with great views over the Chartwell estate and Bough Beech reservoir.


The path descends and comes to a four way junction. Turn right here.


At the next junction turn left. This path takes you alongside a field with stunning views over the Weald. There are a couple of benches to take a break and enjoy the view.


Just past the second bench, turn right up the steps.


At the top of the bank turn left between two large beech trees.


Turn right at the corner of the fenced field and continue past the stone monument on the right and cross the field ahead of you. The path bends around to the right passing a stone bench and view point. You now enter the woods which in spring are carpeted with bluebells. Stay on the path walking parallel with the road to your left.


Eventually the path turns right and at this point you will see the National Trust sign and bridleway sign on the roadside to your left. Drop down onto the road briefly and pick up the bridleway as it climbs the hill to the right.


At the top of the hill as the path starts to level out you will come to a left fork by a finger post. Turn left here and continue crossing straight over the vehicle track.


At the next fork, marked by a post, keep right.


At the next post marker, bear left down the hill ignoring the path to the right and back to the start of the loop. Continue down the hill onto Mapleton road and cross back to the public footpath to the left of Chartwell's entrance. Keep following the path, retracing your steps from the start of the walk and back to Hosey Common carpark.


Hosey Common carpark

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Mariners Hill Walk from Hosey Common carpark


This walk has steep slopes and occasional rough terrain.

Mariners Hill Walk from Hosey Common carpark

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Mariners Hill Walk from Hosey Common carpark

How to get here

Hosey Common Carpark on the B2026.
By train

Edenbridge (4 miles/6.5km) and Oxted (6 miles/9.7km) stations are accessible from London Victoria and London Bridge. Sevenoaks station (6 miles/9.7km) has a regular fast train service from London Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge. Oxted and Sevenoaks have taxi ranks outside.

By road

From M25 join the A25 and follow the brown signs with the National Trust oak leaf.

M25 anti-clockwise: Exit at junction 6 on the M25. At the roundabout take the third exit onto the A22. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Oxted Road/A25. At the roundabout take the second exit onto A25. Follow the A25 into Westerham. Turn right opposite Quebec House onto the B2026/Hosey Hill. At the top of the hill the carpark will be on your left.

M25 clockwise: Exit at junction 5 on the M25. Use the left lane to continue on Sevenoaks Bypass/A21. Merge onto Westerham Road/A25 via the slip road. Follow the A25 into Westerham. Turn left opposite Quebec House onto the B2026/Hosey Hill. At the top of the hill the carpark will be on your left.

Mariners Hill Walk from Hosey Common carpark

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome on a lead
  • The café is open for takeaway drinks, cakes and light snacks
  • The toilets are open
  • If you wish to visit Chartwell gardens, please book a ticket in advance