26th June 2010
|Knockholt Chev'g House Chev'g Village Coolings Homewards Thank You Read Me|
Gail led an excellent walk (11 to 11.5 miles) - nice company, nice scenery and a good dose of interesting history. This was a circular walk starting in Knockholt and taking parts of Chevening and Chelsfield and also including a visit to the well known Coolings Garden Centre.
It's amazing what you can see within the area of an All-Zones Travel Card! The weather was fine and I felt that some of the experiences should be held pictorially - so these are some of the pictures I took. Since the emphasis was on the walking and not photography, please make allowances for the technical and artistic imperfections!
Knockholt and the neighbouring Knockholt Pound - as Gail related - go back to at least Saxon times. However, while the buildings in Knockholt are mainly of Victorian or later vintage, the way into the village leads past the "Manor House" in whose well kept grounds we espied a pleasant looking "temple".
At the southern extremity of our walk we had good views into the distance. A splendid "eye-catcher" was Chevening House with its well-documented links to Royalty and the Government.
Chevening Village is actually more of a hamlet but - as you might expect - has close geographical and social links with its famous neighbour - Chevening House.
Coolings Garden Centre provided a nice tea stop on our way back. Arthur Cooling founded the centre in 1912 (in Chislehurst) and would be pleased to know - if he were alive today - that the centre has received accolades for the presentation of its horticultural wares.
And so we wended our way back over a large sunny golf course - so that's what some of the locals get up to in their leisure hours (!!) - to the end of our walk ...
Many Thanks to Gail for leading this walk and to all who came to support it. A great time was had by all! We all look forward to more of the same - or at least very similar.