Sibton Park

Kent, England

Meander to the Minnis walking and hiking route


Walk Instructions

Start Point

Leave HPB Sibton Park, turn left along the road - Longage Hill. A short section of road walking can be avoided by entering the field near Longage Farm. Enter Rhodes Minnis (note the Victorian post box), turning left at the crossroads and follow Green Lane to the cattery ¼ mile on the left.

10 Yards past this establishment pass through an open gateway (broken bridleway sign) on the right, to walk along the field edge towards West Wood - a bluebell wonderland in season.

A few paces inside the wood veer left along a wide track and turn right at a major crossroads (count the avenues - it’s number three) to walk in a straight line for almost a mile, emerging from the wood at Forest Lodge. Follow path around the Lodge.

Enter the secondary road opposite the Lodge (watch out for the Afghans!) and walk the full length (about 1½miles), to reach a wide gate, close to Chapel Cottage. Pass through the gate and veer left, and left again soon afterwards (a vehicle track curves right) to walk across the ‘Minnis’ land to join a road, within the peaceful hamlet of Stelling Minnis. The windmill was built by a Thomas Holman in 1866 - a wooden construction founded on a brick base. The mill closed in 1970 and subsequently fell into disrepair. Thankfully, in recent times the windmill has been renovated and is a Grade II listed building.

Turn left along the road, then swing right when reaching some bungalows - Minnis Green - walking towards the Rose and Crown (a convenient half-way stopping point), situated beyond the village stores, then continue along the road to turn right at a junction (thatched cottage close by) - signposted Lyminge.

Follow the road for ½ mile towards a sharp bend, then leave the road on the left (signpost) and locate a stile. Cross this and keeping close to the left hand boundary descend and ascend across the field to another stile. To the right are the rooftops of the amusingly named Wheelbarrow Town. Legend has it that bodies were wheeled here from Canterbury during The Plague. Or were those bodies wheeled from Stelling Minnis? Cross the stile, accompanying the right hand boundary, then walk straight ahead across an open space to enter Elhampark Wood - another bluebell cloaked woodland. Once through the wood maintain the previous course (descending and ascending) to a stile situated 20 metres left of a row of oak trees standing on the opposing banking. Proceed along a field edge to emerge on a road. Turn right.

Swing right at Upper Park Gate farm (signpost), pass a barn, then follow an obvious track (mile) without deviation to arrive at a road (Clavertye Cottage). Cross the stile opposite and walk straight ahead along the left hand field edge. After 150m cross a stile then continue in the same direction towards a solitary tree and a field boundary angle.

The route continues across the (ploughed) field aiming towards the far left hand corner where an exit gateway leads out onto the narrow road. Turn right and follow the road to its conclusion, passing the isolated Providence Bible Christian Chapel (1888) along the way. At the road end turn right towards Rhodes Minnis, then left at the junction to return to Sibton Park.

To bypass the ploughed field turn left on reaching Clavertye Cottage and walk along the road, turning right at the next junction.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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