Walking

Walking trail

Octavia Hill centenary trail east

Walking trail

Celebrate the life of Octavia Hill (1838–1912) on a walk to the picturesque village of Ide Hill and her commemorative seat, passing Emmetts Garden on the way back.

Walk in the footsteps of our celebrated founder

Founder of the National Trust in 1895, Octavia Hill was a social reformer, philanthropist, artist and writer. A remarkable woman, her vision has led to her being a major influence on our lives today. Why not also download Octavia Hill centenary trail west, a 6-mile (9.6km) walk that can be done separately or together with this one, to make up a figure-of-eight trail.

Winter sunshine at Toys Hill

Map

Map route for Octavia Hill centenary trail east

Start:

Toys Hill car park on Chart Lane, grid ref: TQ470517

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In the top left-hand corner of the car park by the information panel, go up the steps in the direction of the arrow on the Octavia Hill Centenary Trail waymarker disc.

2

At a crossing track and waymark post turn left, go downhill through a wooden barrier and fork left to drop down to Puddledock Lane and a grass triangle with a seat. Turn right through the hamlet and soon reach a low stone wall on the left, with steps leading down to a covered well and a viewpoint with extensive views over the Weald of Kent.

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3

Retrace your steps and, keeping to the left of the grass triangle, cross to Scords Lane opposite. Passing the beautiful old Toys Hill farmhouse and Old Cottage farm, maintain direction at a signpost. The lane finally ends at a private driveway by a metal National Trust sign for Scords Wood.

4

Bear left onto a footpath and immediately right onto a small footpath with a fence on the right. On reaching a wide track turn right and continue downhill. At a waymark post keep straight ahead on the small path marked Greensand Way to emerge via a squeeze stile into a field.

5

Turn left past a seat to follow the boundary of the wood. Ahead can be seen the spire of St Marys church at Ide Hill. At the corner of the wood bear slightly right to a gate and maintain direction down to the corner of the next field and a small footbridge over a stream.

6

Continue straight ahead up the next field and under telegraph wires to the start of a dirt track. Follow this track through a metal kissing gate and past a solitary oak tree. Very soon on the right is a metal kissing gate in the hedge. Go through, leaving the Greensand Way.

7

Passing between woods on the left and a field on the right, enter woodland. After an uphill section at a fork bear right and continue uphill. The path levels out at a junction of paths. Keep straight ahead to a stone seat commemorating Octavia Hill.

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8

Return to the junction of paths and take the second on the right, just to the right of a waymark post. Soon cross an open space with seats and at the end turn left by another waymark post to follow a field fence. On reaching a drive turn left to come out to Ide Hill village green.

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9

At the roundabout bear left onto Sundridge Road and, after the last house on the right, turn right onto a sign-posted footpath. Continue straight ahead to a gap in the hedge and then bear diagonally left across the field to a stile in the hedge by a telegraph pole. Turn left onto a small lane and on reaching a T-junction turn right. Take care on this section.

10

Shortly, on the left next to South Lodge, take the sign-posted footpath onto a private drive. After some distance the drive passes between the north and south gardens of Emmetts Garden to arrive at the tea-room and shop. If you wish to visit the gardens you will need a ticket.

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11

To continue, take the footpath next to the tea-room and at a stile go straight ahead to a waymark post. Turn left onto a wide track. In a while, at a crossing track, continue straight over on a sunken path.

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12

At the next waymark post turn right uphill, shortly passing through a wooden zigzag barrier. As the path levels out and at a waymark post turn left and follow this wide path for some distance.

13

At a junction of five paths continue straight ahead on the level, ignoring two paths on the left and one leading up on the right. Eventually, the path bears right and comes out to a road. Cross to Toys Hill car park.

14

If you wish to continue walking there is another walk - Octavia Hill trail west - that is 6 miles (allow 3 and a half hours) and includes her burial place at Crockham Hill, passing through the charming hamlets of Froghole and French street, with the option to stop at Chartwell.

End:

Toys Hill car park on Chart Lane, grid ref: TQ470517

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Octavia Hill centenary trail east

Terrain

The terrain varies throughout the route; some areas are quite rough and have steep slopes and some steps, including rough paths through woodland. Some sections are on the road so be aware of traffic.

Dogs are welcome on the trail but we ask to keep your waggy-tailed walking pal on a lead in the garden at Emmetts.

Octavia Hill centenary trail east

Contact us

Octavia Hill centenary trail east

How to get here

Address
Toys Hill car park on Chart Lane, Brasted, Nr Westerham, Kent TN16 1QG
By train

Sevenoaks station then 404 bus to Ide Hill.

By road

From A25 in Brasted village take Chart Lane leading to Toys Hill car park (National Trust).

By bus

Service 404, Sevenoaks to Ide Hill (very limited service).

By bicycle

From A25 in Brasted village take Chart Lane leading to Toys Hill car park (National Trust).

Octavia Hill centenary trail east

Facilities and access

  • Toilets at Emmetts Garden
  • Refreshments available either from the stables tea-room at Emmetts Garden or the kiosk in the meadow at Emmetts Garden (seasonal)
  • Dogs welcome but please keep on a lead in the garden at Emmetts