11 June, 2022
This 9KM by 9AM walk features the Kent village of Hollingbourne, the Pilgrim’s Way, the North Downs Way and the Hucking Estate.
Hucking Estate is located in Kent, England and is a popular walking destination. The estate has been managed by the Woodland Trust and features walking trails, a café, and an information center. Visitors can also enjoy views of the River Medway from the estate. Hucking Estate is open all year round and offers a variety of walking routes to suit all abilities. The estate is also home to a number of events throughout the year, including guided walks, nature activities, and stargazing evenings. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, Hucking Estate is the perfect place to explore Kent's natural beauty.
Starting in Hollingbourne, a village four miles (6.4 km) from Maidstone.
I walked along the country path through the train station and up to the Pilgrim’s Way, turning right at Allington Farm. I then followed the footpath on a 1KM steep climb to the North Downs Way and the view point at The Hucking Estate in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Hucking Estate (281.71 hectares/696.12 acres) is located around the village of Hucking. Managed by the Woodland Trust it is well worth a visit. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/.../woods/hucking-estate/
The Estate runs to the escarpment of the North Downs along the southern boundary, which on a clear day (today) affords fantastic views across the Weald of Kent.
Total elevation of the walk is 167 metres with a mixture of roads and country paths.
Nigel ranks this walk a score 8.5 out of 10! It's clearly one to add to your bucket list of beautiful walks.
2 hours 52 minutes covering 9.06km
There is plenty of parking in Hollingbourne. I parked on Eyhorne Street.
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Below you'll find a mapmyride image of the route including elevation.
Nigel is the founder of 9KM BY 9AM and walks 9KM before 9 o’clock every day.
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Over the first 12 months Nigel walked 3,420kms before breakfast! That’s the equivalent of 81 marathons!
Nigel says, ‘The walks are a great time to think, plan your day and also meditate. It’s not just about walking it's about the ideas, the thoughts, the creativity time. Out walking early in the morning is a great time to learn new things through listening to podcasts and audio books and reflect.’
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