This post relates to "The Lavender Walk". We call it this, as we first discovered it during the Lavender Festival which takes place in the first two weeks of July in Shoreham, Kent. It brings a little bit of Provence to our doorstep. This is a relatively easy 8 mile circular walk.
Our starting point was Eynsford train station where we parked for free (yes, you heard me free, but only at the weekend!).
|Ford over the river Darenth in Eynsford Village|
|Former Roman Aqueduct in Darent Valley|
A place we thought was a great spot to pause and watch the world go by was beneath this solitary tree. Feeling you are miles from London, with a view overlooking the Darent Valley, yet you are actually only a short car journey away!
|Single Solitary Tree|
|A wave of poppies|
Shoreham itself depicts a typically charming English village. You can stop for lunch and dine al fresco at The Two Brewers Pub or if you are in need of a sweet treat, walk further down the main street to come to The Honey Pot which serves a selection of cakes, scones, teas and coffees.
|Photo credit: The Two Brewers Pub|
|The Honey Pot. Photo by Kfoftis|
|Village Life: Beautiful residence in Shoreham|
|Lavender Field in view|
|The Lavender Festival is in full swing.|
Photo Credit: The Hop Farm Shop
|Small windmill at Hop Farm|
|Last Year's Festival :Cooling off in the River Darent|
Lavender season runs from June until early August, so even if you have missed the festival, you can still take in the wonderful views around Eynsford and Shoreham and stock up on goodies at the Hop Farm Shop.
Trains run from London Victoria. If you are taking the train, allow 6-7 hours for the day . This includes travel, food and the walk itself.