WALKING

We are situated right next door to the Hucking Estate which is owned by the Woodland Trust and boasts 573 acres of park and woodland with numerous walks to be enjoyed come rain or shine. We are happy for poeple to use our carpark and just ask that the favour is returned by paying us a visit after your walk to enjoy our fine Ales, Lagers and Wines and our delicious food.

This large estate offers a mix of ancient woodland, planted secondary woodland and open grassland; together with woodland archaeology remains, wonderful walks, interesting wildlife and breath-taking views. This is all set in the Kent Downs Area of outstanding Natural Beauty.

Pick up a leaflet from within the Inn and follow the blue waymarked trail for a 30 minute circular walk (1.1 mile), or take your time and wander a bit further - there's 573 acres (282 hectares) to explore!

To access the Estate continue walking up hill past the Inn to the field entrance on your left. There are often sheep grazing in this field so please keep your dogs under control.

The Hucking Estate is one of our Top Ten bluebell woods. If you’d like to visit and see a superb bluebell display, check the estates live map for bluebells at www.naturescalendar.org.uk as flowering times do vary around the UK. However, mid-April to early-June is usually an ideal time for most woods.

Grid ref:

TQ843575

OS map Sheets:

Explorer 148
OS Landranger 188

Useful links:

http://www.kentdowns.org.uk

Hook and Hatchet Inn, Church Road, Hucking, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1QT   Tel:  01622 880272    email:  info@hookandhatchetpub.co.uk

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