Toys Hill is one of National Trust’s true gems. It’s a wonderful spot for walking, cycling and horse riding. This area was considered so special it inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust and preserve sites such as these across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. So if you’re thinking of visiting Toys Hill, this blog post will provide some information on how to get there, the different walking routes and some of the key sites to visit during your trip.
How do I get to Toys Hill?
Toys Hill is located in Kent and is fairly easy to get to using public transport, by bike or driving. And if you’re lucky enough to live nearby it’s a great walk too! Sevenoaks and Edenbridge stations are less than 5 miles away and buses 238 and 210 operate to the area. These are rural bus services so won’t run as frequently as those in London, so keep that in mind if you plan to travel this way. If you’re driving take the A25 to Brasted and navigate to the Fox and Hounds pub. The car park is a short distance past this. You do not need to book the car park, but National Trust is urging you to visit another time if it’s full. This is to ensure the walk is not overcrowded and people can maintain social distancing whilst walking in Toys Hill.
Walking Routes at Toys Hill
There are four marked walking routes to consider on your visit to Toys Hill. You may choose to complete them all in one day. Or may return and tackle each one individually. These walks are red, green and orange, as well as purple, which is a route for those with wheelchairs. We haven’t yet visited all of the routes, so I’m going to be focusing on the Red Walk below. Once I visit all other routes I’ll update the blog with more information and pictures.
Toys Hill Red Walking Route
This was the route we took on our first visit to Toys Hill. The Red Walk is the longest of the options and covers approximately 3 1/2 miles. It’s a great bit of exercise and you get to see some of the main sites in the area too. It’s a fantastic mixture of woodland walking, hilltop views and wildlife. This walk is pretty steep in some places and there are also sections where climbing steps and crossing roads will be required. We visited on a dry day so the ground was easy to walk on. But walking shoes would be required when the ground is wet, as it would definitely get slippery!
What is there to see Whilst Walking in Toys Hill?
Tonnes! It all just depends on which route you decide to take. Some highlights include the site of Weardale Manor. This area of land was once home to a 145 room manor, that was completed in 1906. It was pulled down in 1939 and all that remains are the lawn, terrace and some original walls and steps. Along with the fantastic views across East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent.There is also a pond and Victorian ram pump, which was used to supply water to the estate. A bat tower, which was once used as a water tower. And also Octavia Hill’s Well, which has stunning views looking out across Kent to Ashdown Forest.
I hope this blog gave you a little more insight into what it would be like walking in Toys Hill. I’d love to hear your recommendations for other walks nearby. Or if you visited Toys Hill, please do tell me about your experience. Just leave a comment below.
Until next time.