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As pretty as a picture - Shipbourne

Circular Walks along the Greensand Way

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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 5 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview : 
Majestic trees, rolling open fields, historic houses and the picturesque village of Plaxtol - one of the most scenic areas in Kent - ... more »

  • The historic homes of Ightham Mote and Fairlawne

  • Mature woodland

  • The original oak Cromwellian alter in the Lady Chapel at Plaxtol Church

  • The old village pound where lost animals of the village were locked up at night by the high wall on the north side of Plaxtol Church

  • A roadside nature reserve
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Location: Shipbourne
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
Time: allow 3 hours
Explorer map: 147
Terrain: Field and roads, some moderate slopes
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Points of Interest

1. Parking

There is limited parking at Shipbourne Common.

Please not there is a Farmers Market on Thursdays at Shipbourne Church when parking can be difficult.

2. Farmers' market

A farmers'market featuring fine local produce is held at St Giles' Church, Shipbourne, every Thursday morning. Stallholders pay a small fee each week to cover the costs and this is donated to charities. The market gives more than £3,000 to charity each year.

3. St Giles' Church

St Giles' Church at Shipbourne was built by Sir Edward Cazelete, of Fairlawne, in the 19th century but in the 15th century a chapel on this site originally belonged to the Knights Hospitaller of St John.

Only a short detour off this walk you will find Ightham Mote.

The site is home to a superb moated manor house, dating from 1330. Nestling in a sunken valley, the main features of the house span many centuries.
The house's extensive garden provides a peaceful spot to relax.

This is a National Trust site, and there is an entry fee.

5. Plaxtol Church

Plaxtol Church has no dedication to a patron saint because it was built in 1649 in the time of Oliver Cromwell. It is thought to have replaced an ancient chapel on the Roman way from Lympne to London.