Shoreham and Polhill Bank is a 3.9 mile loop trail located near Sevenoaks, Kent, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

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A circular walk close to the village of Shoreham, near Sevenoaks in Kent. This circular walk, on a chalk hillside above the glorious Darent Valley, takes in broadleaf woods, a grass escarpment edge with wildflowers and great views, and an ancient village with superb old cottages, pubs and a river path. The first two miles are through woodlands Meenfield and Pilots Woods on top of a ridge separating the Darent Valley from a 'dry valley' just to the west. After two miles, walkers emerge from the woods spectacularly at Kent Wildlife Trust-managed Polhill Bank on the steep chalk hillside with views over to Knole Park and beyond, and after this there are regular views of the Darent Valley. There are superb bluebells in late April in Meenfield Woods and the chance of seeing Spitfires and Hurricanes flying over from Biggin Hill airfield. Wonderful oak, beech, ash, cypress, yew and chestnut trees about and kestrels, buzzards, deer and slow worms have been regularly seen by this walker. The more observant may detect the presence of grass snakes, owls, lizards and that sort of thing. The walk includes several climbs and descents throughout, with some sections that can be muddy. Until Polhill Bank you will be able to hear the M25 which is nearby, but once walking on the eastern side of the ridge the rushing sound of traffic will magically disappear. You will need to negotiate both gates and stiles and you may be sharing some of the fields with sheep. Allow 2 hours.

Shoreham village is located about 5 miles north of Sevenoaks. The walk starts and finishes from a roadside verge on Shacklands Road, just north of the village. If you are coming by train, you can adjust the walk to start at Waypoint 4 (The War Memorial) which is a half-mile walk from the rail station. There are direct trains to Shoreham station from London St Pancras Thameslink (70 mins) London Blackfriars (60 mins), Peckham Rye (45 mins) and Bromley South (20 mins). The station also connects to Sevenoaks main line. If travelling by car, head for the Badgers Mount roundabout on the A224, where an exit is marked 'Shoreham Village'. Park for free on the generous stone verge, just before the junction of Shacklands Road with High Street (after which Shacklands Road becomes Castle Farm Road). If by chance there is no space here, continue down the High Street to the Shoreham village free public car park and join the walk on Shoreham High Street (between Waypoints 3 and 4). The nearest post code for the start point parking verge is TN14 7TU (this will take you just a few hundred metres away).

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Connaire Rees
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Great

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Riva Padden
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Grahame Smith
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Paula Rocktäschel
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Paulius Striukas
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Very nice

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Michelle McHugh
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Lovely route, nicely challenging, not too muddy. Shoreham village is quaint and pretty!

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Nod .
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Justine van Huyssteen
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Stunning, nice hills to really make you feel you had a good walk. not too busy.

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Chris Hassan
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Very nice views, steep climbs but worth it. A bit muddy in places but easy route to follow.

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Mark Maddison
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What a lovely walk we did this on a Sunday with 4 dogs, it’s a bit hilly in places but nothing a good walk shouldn’t have. Even passed a lovely tea room and had a sneaky cake as well. We definitely do it again

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James Allen-Lewis
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Andrea Ryder
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lovely views. muddy but no bogs and generally fine

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Sarah Barbut
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Ana Lourenco
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Too noisy from m25

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Emily Loosley
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Molly Simpson
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Nice easy to follow loop, quite steep in some places and recent rainfall left it incredibly muddy - wear good shoes!

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John Barnes
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James King
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Thoroughly enjoyable walk through rolling fields, alongside river, amongst cows and lucky enough to see a wild deer.

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Martin Willis
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Chelsea King
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Ma. Cleo Dequito
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Wiola Slom
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Rob Smithson
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The What3words for the Trailhead next to some parking is ///cage.windy.locked

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Bryan Holguin
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Very nice trail in the forest and farm around. Towards the village there is a lovely stream too.

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Ellie Hughes
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Emily Rogers
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Loved it. The autumnal colours were still visible. A couple of testing inclines!

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Tushar Patel
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Rob Rob
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Steve Regan
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Great walk, quite challenging but easy to follow with lovely views of the Kent countryside

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Emma Williamson
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One of our favourite walks so far, lovely woodland, great views across the countryside and a nice tour through the local village

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