Westerham to Chartwell trail
Follow our step-by-step guide to get to Chartwell, family home of Sir Winston Churchill (please note the house is closed until 24 Feb 2018). Why not start your day by visiting Quebec House, childhood home of General James Wolfe, in Westerham before setting off to Chartwell? For more things to see and do in Westerham, see www.visitwesterham.org.uk.
Winston Churchill bronze statue on The Green, grid Ref: TQ447540
Start from the bronze statue of Winston Churchill on the green in Westerham. Walk towards the bus stop and cross the A25 at the crossing in front of the bus stop. Having crossed the A25 you will see an alleyway in front of you to Water Lane. Continue up the alleyway. After a short way you will come across a small stone hump; take care when stepping over this.
At the end of the alleyway you will come to a wooden kissing gate. Continue through the gate, entering the field (please keep dogs on lead at all times in the field) and head up the slope. Continuing up the slope, you will see a waymarked post pointing towards a metal kissing gate at the brow of the slope. Continue to the gate.
Go through the metal kissing gate into the next field and continue on straight ahead. You will come to a cross roads of paths and meet a waymark. Continue on straight ahead.
You will meet another waymark prior to a steep slope. Follow the arrow and carefully descend the slope, taking care in wetter conditions. Head for the metal kissing gate in the corner of the field which will come into view as you descend.
Go through the kissing gate, entering a pine woodland. You will see a waymark pointing straight ahead; follow this path. You will come to a junction with a path going off to the left and the main path climbing up in front of you, which you will need to follow.
At the next waymark post, take a left turn. Continue up the path for approximately 5 minutes. You will reach Hosey Hill Road and a waymark.
The waymark points across Hosey Hill Road at an angle. It is recommended that walkers walk along the grass verge for 50 metres and cross parallel with the waymark on the opposite side of the road. Take care when crossing as the road gets very busy.
Once in the car park you will see a waymark pointing to the right, out of the car park and up the path on the left hand side. Shortly you will see another waymark confirming the direction upwards. Follow the path and you will join a main path and meet a waymark pointing leftwards.
Follow this path climbing gently upwards and continue until you see a slight clearing on the right. You will see a waymark, continue in the direction on the waymarker.
Continue along the path until you reach a Y-junction and follow the direction on the waymark. Walking this stretch of path it will begin to narrow and change of shape. You will meet a cross roads junction and another waymarker pointing ahead.
Follow the path up ahead and you will come to a T-junction and a waymark pointing right. Take this turn.
At the end of this path you will see a vehicle barrier and a waymark pointing across Hosey Lane. On the other side of the road you will see a Y-junction with a footpath to the right and another to the left. Follow the left path.
Continuing downwards on this path you will notice a slight clearing to the right and a waymark on the fencing to the left. Continue in the waymarked direction.
You will arrive at Mapleton Road with the Chartwell car park entrance on your left.
Chartwell, grid ref: TQ454513
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