Cambridge via Grantchester Circular Walk

I wanted to do another walk this weekend and also catch up with my friend Neil in Cambridge. We decided on the Cambridge via Grantchester Circular Walk from Saturday Walkers Club. It was listed as 15 km with toughness 1 out of 10 which means super easy.

Not wanting to make the same mistake as the Sevenoaks walk where I ran out of daylight, we started this walk at 12.45pm.

The walk begins with guide’s “City Tour of Cambridge Colleges”. It was a leisurely winding route past many, if not all, of the Cambridge colleges, including:

At Gonville and Caius College we walked past the Gate of Honour which students walk through when they graduate. (There is also a Gate of Humility and a Gate of Virtue).

Corpus Clock

Another point of interest was the Corpus Clock. The man who conceived and funded the clock, John C. Taylor, invested five years and £1 million on the project. The clock is accurate only once every five minutes, the rest of the time being slightly ahead or behind. According to the Taylor, this reflects life’s “irregularity”. Continue reading “Cambridge via Grantchester Circular Walk”

Borough Green to Sevenoaks Walk

Details of route can be found on Saturday Walkers Club website.

After doing a hike with Outdooraholics the previous weekend, I woke up on Saturday and decided to to a hike of my own.

After Googling "day walks near London" I found a website called  Saturday Walkers Club where I could pick from 100s of walks. I chose one at random in the county of Kent – a workmate who was from there had told me it was a nice area. The chosen one was Borough Green to Sevenoaks Walk.

The site said to allow at least 8 hours 30 minutes. I left at 2.30 in the afternoon. 4 hours before sunset 😬.

I saved the instructions on my Kindle – which was a great idea cause I could follow them easily without worrying about the phone on my battery dying – and they were super easy to read.

Taken: 3:38pm - 14/10/17

The first place I stopped was a viewing platform over a lake (see image). It also had a sign for identifying birds and I learned what a coot is. I have a video of one coughing in the Camden Canal which I’ll linkto.

Further on after going through the village of Plaxtol I came upon Fairlawne Estate. It was had big grounds that the trail went through.

Later came to Ightham Mote. Followed by lavender fields. The final point of interest was Knole before reaching civilization on the high street of Sevenoaks.

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Step numbers on the photos correspond to steps in the SWC directions.


Outdooraholics – Guildford
Wey Canal, North Downs Way and St Martha’s church 10miles (16km)

Start: October 8 2017 · 9:15 AM

Points of interest on walk

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