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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Orpington and Swanley.

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Grid RefTQ4611465896
Lat / Lon 51.37333° / 0.09787°
Easting / Northing546,114E / 165,896N
Grid RefTQ5099368237
Lat / Lon 51.39309° / 0.16891°
Easting / Northing550,993E / 168,237N

Orpswa One's land is

Arable 19.1%
Pasture 35.1%
Urban 45.8%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018



01 May 2021

Photos show:
1) Start of route near Orpington Village Hall
2) Spur Road
3) Cross Court Road at the traffic lights at the end of Spur Road
4) Avalon Road
5) Fire Station in Avalon Rd
6) AT the end of Avalon Rod turn left into Chelsfield Lane
7) Leave Chelsfield Lane at this junction to take footpath
8) Footpath signposted
9) Path towards Cockmannings Lane from Skeet Hill Lane end of Chelsfield Lane
10) Cockmannings Lane end of footpath (cycle restriction)
11) Track continues around the edge of fields heading towards Griff's wood
12) More later.

Photo by Brslowway6
  • brslowway6


    01 May 2021

    That went wrong - didn't realise you could only put one picture with each comment, spo that one is the one I numbered 11, the track leading to Griff's wood

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01 May 2021

It's a walkable, safe route between Orpington and Crockenhill about a mile or so short of Swanley. The part of the route at Crockenhill from the railway bridge crossing the Chatham mainline near the A20 then on into Swanley is blocked by a gravel works and I couldn't see any way round it. I've suggested a detour below *****

Starting at Orpington War Memorial the route leads you along Spur Road along good pathed footpaths for half a mile. Spur Road can have a lot of noisy traffic on it at times, but is safe.

At the end of Spur Road you need to turn left and cross Court Road at the pedestrian lights. The walk continues up Avalon Road, past the fire station on more good pathed footpaths for 0.6 of a mile until you turn left onto Chelsfield Lane.

Follow Chelsfield lane for 0.3 of a mile, past Tripes Farm, to where Skeet Hill Lane comes off on the right hand side. There is again a good paved surface here, though you have to cross at places because the path isn't continuous on both sides.

At the junction with Skeet Hill Lane don't go up the Lane but look for the footpath signposted. It's a narrow track between a high fence on the left and a wooded area on the right. This is not paved and would be walking boot territory in wet weather. That applies for much of the rest of this route which is on tracks in fields.

There are also two or three stiles to cross at field edges.

The path follows the edges of fields past Griffs Wood until it reaches East Hall Road. You turn right onto the road and walk a couple of hundred metres along this until you turn left onto a signposted narrow footpath.

The path is easy to follow across fields up and down some small rises until you get to Darns Hill on the edge of Crockenhill Village, From here on the route is paved until in about 200 m you cross the Cray Road to enter a narrow public footpath that takes you across fields to where you turn left onto Stones Cross Road.

Follow Stones Cross Road and turn left on the road next to the Dormers/Crags bungalows (signposted to a Manor?). If you look very careful behind one of the fences to the left at the junction you'll find a notice saying that the crossing at the A20 is closed. I only found it by mistake.

Anyway if you follow the route to the railway line you can cross at a bridge there but I think the path onwards as in the PCX file is now blocked by a gravelworks and I couldn't see a viable alternative this way BUT...

***** If you look at Google maps you'll find an alternative way of crossing the A20 by following Stones Cross Road into Green Court Road then following the footpath at the end of Green Court Road down to the Goldsel Road, turn left to cross the A20 on paved footpaths and you're in Swanley not far from the planned end point of this route.

I have many photos related to this route and will upload them if the system allows later.

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