With the weather milder than it’s been in days and an unusually clear diary, we made a spur of the moment decision to head out of town for the day. Consulting an excellent local blog of walks near London, we settled on a circular walk from Shoreham in Kent – just 40 minutes on the train from home.
It was an ideal walk to do with the children – just 3.5 miles so not too far, and easy terrain for little legs. Alex was able to follow the instructions himself and keep us on the right track!
The children made quite a moment of all the kissing gates along the way!
Alex took on the role of official photographer for the walk, and did a great job documenting our walk and the pretty countryside we past. He took almost all the pictures in this post (with a bit of help from his daddy)!
We loved seeing so many oast houses along the way.
The highlight of the day for Sophie was meeting some horses who were only to pleased to stop for a stroke!
We all enjoyed getting away from the roads and onto the peaceful footpaths. For such a short walk, I loved how much the scenery changed, from woodlands…
…to river side…
..to open fields (and steep hills!)
We were all grateful for the bench at the top of the hill where we caught our breath and took in the far-reaching views!
The final portion of the walk before we headed back into the village was along a ridge where we enjoyed more views and the children enjoyed sword fighting with sticks.
Sophie attempted to make fire with her sticks, but didn’t get very far!
Love this picture that Alex took of us pausing at one of the view points.
And walking down through the fields back to Shoreham village.
Alex relinquished the camera for a minute so we could get a shot of all of us (thanks to a conveniently high fence post and the camera timer!)
The village was a welcome sight as we were all rather hungry, so we stopped for the most enormous – and absolutely delicious – roast lunch at The Crown. The perfect end to our perfect walk.
Fantastic walk for kids and lovely for us adults too. Great views, and great pictures from Alex too.
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What a fab family adventure for the four of you, it’s always great when you discover a new walk together. This looks just like my kind of walk too, lots of open spaces and away from roads and houses. Alex took some fantastic photos on the walk too, a budding photographer indeed!
Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.
What a wonderful family walk! There are some beautiful areas of Kent that we’ve never explored will have to keep this one in mind! Thank you for sharing #CountryKids
Mmm a good roast at the end of the walk!! I love the kissing gate photo. I always make sure to get kisses at gates like these. Perfect winter family walk #countrykids
Excellent! Wonderful photos. Great to hear your son could follow the directions. More walks here https://kentwalksnearlondon.com/