Eynsford & Crockenhill Rights of Way Group (ECROW)
Crockenhill and Eynsford in Kent
The countryside in and around Eynsford and Crockenhill provides diverse and inspiring opportunities for walkers, from the green and wooded hills of the Darent Valley, Lullingstone Park with its historic lakeside castle and ancient deer park, to the many farms, nurseries, stables and hamlets dotted around Crockenhill. On a clear day, there is even the bonus of distant views of The Shard and Canary Wharf.
But it comes at a price. The very things that make it so popular -- the villages and towns, good schools and fast motorway and rail links -- have increased the pressure on our countryside and its network of paths, and the demand from government for local authorities to increase housing can only emphasize that pressure.
For more than 40 years, members of Eynsford and Crockenhill Rights of Way Group have sought to walk every official “definitive” path in the two parishes to ensure they remain accessible and safe for us and future generations. The support of the Crockenhill and Eynsford Parish Councils in that respect is greatly appreciated. As well as walking locally, we also go further into Kent and over the boundary into Greater London.(See Our History)
We try to cater for all tastes, as our programme shows, with both short and all-day walks at various times of the week, usually with a short coffee break and sometimes with a stop for lunch.
Monday is our main walking day, when there are short and medium walks (4.5 to 7 miles), with a refreshment break, starting at Crockenhill Village Hall and Eynsford Riverside at 09.30. If you are not a member (and it costs just £2 a year or £20 for life) just turn up and introduce yourself to that day’s walk leader.
On the last Monday in the month there is also a longer all-day walk (in the region of 10 miles) from various start points, with a stop for lunch.
Summer evening walks (May-Sept) go from Crockenhill Village Green when the church clock strikes 7pm, and are popular with those still working.
Sunday monthly walks (2nd Sun in the month) throughout the year start from various points.
A Boxing Day morning walk via the Five Bells in Chelsfield for refreshments is much enjoyed.
We also have an AGM with a guest speaker and a Christmas Lunch.
We are all one organisation, so members may choose to walk regularly either from Crockenhill or from Eynsford, or a mix of the two for a change of scenery and company.
We may not quite have mountains and moorlands or the grandeur of a rugged coastline, but on our doorstep we do have a countryside of tremendous diversity, from the green and wooded hills of the Darent Valley and the splendour of Lullingstone with its historic castle and ancient parkland oaks, to the farms and hamlets dotted around Crockenhill, and even distant views of Canary Wharf!
Our members walk for a host of different reasons: as part of a healthy lifestyle, to enjoy the outdoor life and explore little-known paths and localities, or just to meet new friends and to chat to old ones. But they all share our main ideal, to safeguard our local paths network. Support of the two Parish Councils is greatly appreciated.
Click on a Tabs at the top of page for details on any of the above walks.
We don’t bombard people with rules and regulations but can never emphasise enough that all members and their guests walk at their own risk. PLEASE do take care, as some paths are slippery or have bumps and tree roots ready to catch the unwary.
KCC is the responsible authority for most definitve paths, so if you spot one that is particularly unsafe or inaccessible, please report it directly to the Public Rights of Way service at KCC, Invictia House, Sessions Square, Maidstone. ME14 1XX, or on-line at www.kent.gov.uk/prowfaults.or alert us through the contacts page on our website.
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