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Sibton Park

Kent, England

The mast at Tolsford Hill and Etchinghill walking and hiking route

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Walk Instructions

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Leave HPB Sibton Park, turn right to enter Lyminge, go downhill and turn right into Church Road soon afterwards. At the Coach and Horses junction turn left passing St Ethelberga’s Well on the left then take the second on the right into Rectory Lane. At the end of the lane keep to the right through the Rectory garden and cross a stile. Keep straight ahead close to a pronoucned bank on the right. Cross a stile into a paddock then through a gate, crossing the road (Broad Street House) to another gate into the golf course. Turn immediately right and follow a succession of waymarkers bearing gradually left keeping a staggered hedge on your right to safely cross the golf course. The mast at Tolsford Hill will be dominant on the horizon.

At the far edge of the golf course, bear left beside the hedge to your right to a stile in the hedge. Cross the road to the stile opposite then march straight ahead keeping close to the right hand field boundary. Cross three intervening stiles then upwards to a waymark on the horizon to the right of the mast and head to a gate, in line with the mast at the corner of its boundary. Go forward through the gate and over a stile on the right with the fence boundary on your left turning left at its corner where a deviation right towards the cliffs passed the O.S obelisk offers, on a clear day, additional views including Folkstone, Hythe, Romney Marsh and Hastings. Farther afield Saltwood Castle, Dungeness lighthouse and the French coastline can be seen; bincoulars at the ready.

Retracing your steps to the mast boundary, continue to its right and, before a stile, turn right and follow the North Downs Way keeping a line of hawthorn trees on your left, heading S.E. When confronted by a wire fence veer left and walk down through an avenue of blackthurn (blossom before foliage) and hawthorn (foliage before blossom) with the Elham Valley below to the right. Also visible is the channel tunnel terminal.

Just before reaching a fence in front of you, turn left through a gate into a beech wood and, keeping to the perimeter, descend towards Etchinghill. Exit the wood through a gate then continue forward across a field seeking a gate in the left hand corner. Turn left along a busy road taking care by walking on the right as the pavement does not commence until nearing a housing development on the left beyond the 30mph sign. Follow the road through the village.

(Note the New Inn, an c.18 amalgamation of two c.15 cottages that replaced another beer house in the village; hence the name and a conveniently situated oasis where refreshment and sustenance can be obtained).

The Elham Valley railway, part of the SE Railway route between Folkestone and Canterbury passed beneath the eastern side of Etchinghill. The locacility presented gradient problems for the engineers, necessitating excavation of an 80 feet deep cutting and a 300 feet tunnel. Work was completed in 1887).

On reaching a sharp left hand bend, follow the footpath sign on the right and go over a small wooden bridge with handrail leading into the confines of the golf club. Follow the concrete drive as it curves left towards a gate. Turn right at the gate towards the clubhouse (open for refreshments to non members) and, keeping the clubhouse on your right pass in front of it then turn left onto a path beside a lawn then right along a made up path towards a foot high white marker. Cross the course on this path heading to the gate beside the road and Broad Street House (seen earlier). Cross the road and retrace your footsteps to Sibton Park via Lyminge.

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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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