Ightham Mote's circular walk to Oldbury Hill

Walking trail

Along the route you will see fine views across the Kentish countryside, along with an old quarry (which supplied the ragstone for Ightham Mote), and fish ponds, possible dating to the Roman period.

More about the route at Oldbury Hill

Whilst there are a number of footpaths to explore at Oldbury Hill, these directions cover the main rampart mid-way in the western section to follow a peripheral route around the site.


Ordnance Survey map showing circular walk from Ightham Mote to Oldbury Hill


Ightham Mote visitor reception; grid ref: TQ584535


From Ightham Mote car park, with visitor reception behind you, walk through the walled car park and up the entrance driveway, with fencing and trees to the left and more car parking to the right. At the end of the parking area and as the driveway rises, look for a gap in the fencing and a footpath on the left-hand side. A post with a green walk marker should be visible at this point. Turn left onto this path, initially down a few steps then follow the path to Mote Road. Turn right to walk up the road, past two cottages on the right and a field to the left. After approximately 220yd (200m), take the footpath on the left into a wood that initially runs parallel with the road before turning left up an incline. Carry on up this incline to turn right again to follow the fencing and wood on the right. Continue on this path, which heads north then bears slightly left where the fencing is replaced by stone walling each side, until you reach a road.


Cross the road to continue up the bridleway ahead, which is steep and can be strenuous when wet and muddy. This path turns to the left where steps aid the climb up to the high ridge above Stone Street. At the top of the climb there is a good vantage point to pause and look west towards Godden Green and Sevenoaks. Continue along the path with fencing to the left along the high ridge, noting a track forking in from the right. Continue along this track (ignoring a footpath turning down to the right) keeping straight ahead until reaching a second footpath on the right with a stone marker. Turn right down this path through woodland to a wider track by a house and some outbuildings. Walk on down the track to join the slip road by Crown Point and keeping left, proceed to the A25. Cross the A25 to the footpath signpost opposite, to enter Styants Wood.


At the footpath sign, take the path straight ahead, going down a slight bank and turning left then right to join the wider path and continue in a northerly direction. At a cross junction, turn right (marker post orange #2) then proceed up an incline and down into the car park. Bear left through the car park to the northern exit and cross the road. Follow the path ahead (ignoring paths to the left and right) up a steep incline with steps. Turn left onto a wide track, walking north again for approximately 164yds (150m) before turning right up the bank (to a slightly higher level) and then turn left to continue on a northerly heading.


Continue until the path bears half right before reaching a 6-way junction (orange marker #9). Turn right onto a wide track marked byway (going east) and follow this track past a pond and spring (an ancient watering hole) to a junction (marker #11) and an information board. Take the narrow path marked bridleway which forks to the left and continue on until doing a U-turn right onto a path from the right just before the bridleway heads down a gulley. Walk a short distance to a five-way junction, take the path at 10 o'clock, and follow the eastern rampart boundary. Continue along this path, through a clearing and up a slight gradient to pass two viewing points. The path widens for some distance and then slopes down. Before you reach the barrier, take the narrower left fork, which follows down to join a wider path to the southern entrance gate and the A25.


Cross back over the A25 using the central island as a halfway point and turn right. Walk along the grass verge and turn left at the footpath signpost onto a shady path through woodland. Follow this path past the fish ponds and continue on to walk up a steep slope and steps. Turn left to rejoin the high ridge track previously walked and after a few steps, bear right off the wide track to a path with fencing on the right. Follow this path retracing previous steps down the steep incline to cross Stone Street road, walking on ahead and back to Ightham Mote turning right down to the silt trap and Green Walk path. Turn left to take the path up to the Ightham Mote car park or alternatively carry on down Mote Road for a fine view of the house and gardens past the cottages to the rear entrance to Ightham Mote. Turn left into the estate and follow the bridleway past the house and back to the car park.


Ightham Mote visitor reception; grid ref: TQ584535

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Ightham Mote's circular walk to Oldbury Hill


A mixture of footpaths, bridleways, fields and woodlands. Paths climb and descend throughout the walk. Please note there are some busy roads to cross. Dogs are welcome on the estate, but please keep them on leads when near livestock.

Ightham Mote's circular walk to Oldbury Hill

Contact us

Ightham Mote's circular walk to Oldbury Hill

How to get here

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0NT
By train

Borough Green and Wrotham 3.5 miles (5.6km); Hildenborough 4 miles (6.4km); Sevenoaks 7 miles (11.2km). Journey time from London Victoria to Borough Green is approximately 40 minutes.

By road

6 miles (9.6km) north of Tonbridge on A227; 6 miles (9.6km) south of Sevenoaks on A25; 16 miles (25.7 km) west of Maidstone on A20/A25.

By bus

Nu-Venture 404 from Sevenoaks, calls Thursday and Friday only. On other days alight Ivy Hatch Village (St Mary's Lane), 0.75-mile (1.2 km) walk. Please note: no Saturday or Sunday service.

Autocar 222 Tunbridge Wells to Borough Green, alight at Ightham. No Sunday service. 2-mile (3.2km) walk.

Arriva 308 Sevenoaks to Gravesend, hourly service Monday to Saturday alight Ightham Common, 2-mile (3.2km) walk.

Ightham Mote's circular walk to Oldbury Hill

Facilities and access

  • Toilets available at Ightham Mote
  • Café available at Ightham Mote