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6 July, 2022


Walk - Lenham to Stede Hill Wood, Kent

This 9KM by 9AM walk features the country lanes and footpaths around Lenham and the secluded Stedehill Wood about 3.5km to the north.

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The Walk

The walk starts in Lenham, a market village in Kent, situated on the southern edge of the North Downs, 9 miles (14 km) east of Maidstone. The picturesque square in the village has two public houses, a couple of restaurants, and a tea-room.

The village is at the main source of the Great Stour and the Stour Valley Walk starts here, heading to Ashford and on to Canterbury and the English Channel near Sandwich. It is also the source of the River Len, which flows in a westerly direction to join the River Medway at Maidstone.

I walked northwards across the A20 and towards the Pilgrims’ Way and Stedehill Wood. The climb to Stedehill is via Flint Lane and offers magnificent views over Lenham.

This is a beautiful part of the Kent countryside, lost in time. I returned via the Pilgrims’ Way and the fields to the village centre.

Total elevation of the walk is 100 metres with a mixture of roads and country paths.

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Distance & Duration

The walk is 9.59km and took approximately three hours.


There is plenty of parking in Lenham village.

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Map of route

MapMyRide of the route is shown below detailing the route and elevation. 

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