Marl­pit Hill

Kent,

Countryfile Magazine - - Great Days Out -

This short cir­cu­lar walk be­gins in Marl­pit Hill on the northern edge of Eden­bridge, Kent. Once at the heart of the me­dieval Wealden iron in­dus­try, the area is now tran­quil farm­land. Dis­cover bab­bling brooks, trib­u­taries of the River Eden, an­cient blue­bell woods and the site of a Saxon manor.

1 SWANNING AROUND

The walk starts on Swan Lane, near Marl­pit Hill al­lot­ments, pass­ing through the orig­i­nal swan-topped brick pil­lars of Swan Lane Farm.

In spring, look for frol­ick­ing lambs in the fields, be­fore cross­ing a trib­u­tary of the River Eden at a turn­stile.

2 MAGICAL WOOD­LAND

Turn left after the kiss­ing gate and fol­low a pleas­ant line of oak trees through fields of arable farm­land, in­ter­wo­ven with streams and brooks.

The walk briefly pops out onto Poot­ings Road, east of the vil­lage of Poot­ings, be­fore re­turn­ing to farm­land.

As you pass along­side a stream and an en­chant­ing wood­land shaw of hazel and birch trees, look out for deer – a great photo op­por­tu­nity.

3 THE UNLUCKY MANOR

Head through a stile that leads to a field bor­der­ing Brox­ham Woods. With the trees on your left, fol­low un­til a foot­bridge crosses into this an­cient wood­land, which is car­peted with blue­bells in spring.

On leav­ing the woods, take the foot­bridge and turn im­me­di­ately left, fol­low­ing the hedge line to the drive­way of Brox­ham Manor.

The re­stored moat on the left is all that re­mains of the 13th-cen­tury manor­house that twice burned down. As the site was con­sid­ered unlucky, the house was even­tu­ally re­built opposite it in the 18th cen­tury.

4 NO CHEESE PLEASE

The walk me­an­ders through arable farm­land and scat­tered ponds, rich with Wealden clay and blooms of cuckoo flower.

Lis­ten for mew­ing buz­zards and the high-pitched “lit­tle bit of bread with no cheese” song of yel­lowham­mers.

5 KISS­ING GOODBYE

The walk con­tin­ues through an­other blue­bell wood and stream be­fore com­ing to an end at the kiss­ing gate.

“A tri­pod and wide-an­gle lens helped cap­ture this misty dawn over the pas­ture of Marl­pit Hill”

Sarah Med­way is an out­door pho­to­jour­nal­ist who loves ex­plor­ing Kent and the south coast.

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