North Downs Way #6 – Halling to Otford

Distance: 14.5 miles / 23 km
 
Although NDW5 ended at Otford Station, due to logistics, we are reversing the next section and walking back to Otford from Halling. This is a beautiful section of the North Downs Way, much of it through woodland, but its length and the repeated steep ascents and descents make it quite challenging. As it is also late September we will need to make good progress to finish before sunset. Please bear this in mind before booking.
 
From Halling Station we have a walk of just over a mile and a climb of 135 metres to join the NDW, going in a westerly direction. The route is mainly level as we head towards Great Buckland, where we turn south to walk to Holly Hill, where we deviate a short distance from the NDW for a refreshment stop on the hilltop. We then descend the steep chalk scarp to follow the Pilgrim’s Way along the foot of the Downs. As we approach Trosley Country Park, we climb back up to the top of the ridge and enter Vigo Village, where we have our picnic in the grounds of The Villager pub.
 
After lunch we continue through woodland, eventually descending the chalk once more to cross over the M20 and walk through the village of Wrotham. A further level section along the Pilgrim’s Way ends at Chalk Pit Wood, and the last of the steep climbs. Our final section undulates slightly with good viewpoints at Kester and Otford Mount as we gradually descend to Otford Station.