Weardale walk from Toys Hill

Walking trail

Emmetts Garden and Chartwell have reopened but you are required to prebook your car parking space. For a more spontaneous walk, park at Toys Hill and make your way on foot to Chartwell or Emmetts Garden. If you would like to visit the gardens at Chartwell or Emmetts, please book tickets for each in advance of your visit. You can, however, access the café at Chartwell and the Tea Room at Emmetts Garden without booking. Please then continue on the public footpath at Emmetts Garden.


Please keep dogs on leads when in fields with livestock.

The woods in spring at Toys Hill, a National Trust property in Kent


Weardale walk map showing route and way points


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


Start your walk in the National Trust carpark at Toys Hill. Take a path opposite the car exit and turn left at a cross roads onto a wide path. Continue on this path, ignoring two paths to the left, until you reach the site of Weardale Manor on the left. There is an information panel about the history of the house and its demise.

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Maintain direction on the wide stony track between the information panel and the monument, later pass two paths on the right and go through a wooden barrier. Go straight over a crossing track, ignore two paths on the right and continue downhill to exit Toys Hill through posts by a gate. Continue down the lane for some distance - this is usually a quiet lane.


Pass a farm and continue uphill to French Street hamlet. After passing the first few cottages turn left on a sign-posted bridleway and keep left whenever the path forks until reaching a road - Hosey Common Lane.


Turn left onto the road and after a short distance turn right by a National Trust sign for Chartwell. Almost immediately turn left at a T-junction. Take a stroll through the wider estate of Chartwell, through the woodland and then looping back on the lower path.

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Exit Chartwell's estate and turn immediately right onto an enclosed path. Follow uphill until reaching Hosey Common Lane. Cross the road to the bridleway opposite.

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View of Chartwell House, Kent


Remain on this track keeping to the right whenever it forks. At the road (French Street hamlet) turn left. Shortly opposite a 'GR' red post box in the hedge, turn right onto a footpath taking the right fork. This enclosed path descends via steps and a couple of stiles to a footbridge.


Continue straight ahead uphill to a stile in the top-right-hand corner of the field. Once over the stile cross the track and take the path opposite eventually coming to a wooden seat. Over the next stile bear diagonally right heading towards a further stile in the corner of the field.


Cross this stile and turn right. Continue with the fence on your left and where the fence ends bear right and follow this path for a short way to a crossing track. Turn left, soon ignoring a path to the right and continue to a road - Chart Lane.


Cross the road and take the path opposite. Follow it through the glade for some distance to emerge by a fence on to Emmetts Lane. Turn left ignoring the bridleway opposite.


Opposite the entrance to Ide Hill House turn right onto a footpath. Eventually come to a crossing track. Turn right to continue the walk.

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Having turned right at the cross roads, continue downhill, over crossroads then uphill on a sunken path through Scords Wood.


At the next crossroads of paths go straight ahead and continue on this path for some distance. At the next crossroads turn right and go steadily uphill. On reaching a junction of 5 paths maintain, take the second exit on your left, ignoring the first on your left and two on your right. Take the path to the road, cross over and finish your walk back in the carpark.


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

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Weardale walk from Toys Hill


This walk has steep slopes, steps and occasional rough terrain.

Weardale walk from Toys Hill

Contact us

Telephone: 01732 868381

Email: chartwell@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website:  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell/

Weardale walk from Toys Hill

How to get here

Toys Hill car park on Chart Lane, Brasted, Nr Westerham, Kent TN16 1QG
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 A25 in Brasted village take Chart Lane leading to Toys Hill car park (National Trust).

By bicycle

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

Weardale walk from Toys Hill

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome on a lead
  • The toilets beside the Tea Room at Emmetts Garden are open
  • The Tea Room at Emmetts Garden is open for takeaways only
  • The unisex toilets at Chartwell are open beside the shop and café
  • The café at Chartwell is open serving takeaways only