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Boxley and the North Downs

A 4.5 mile circular walk from the pretty village of Boxley near Maidstone in Kent. The route visits the nearby Boxley Abbey then climbs to the top of the North Downs for a long stretch before descending back to the village. There is plenty of wildlife to enjoy plus an atmospheric woodland of ancient yews and some beautiful views.

The route includes several climbs and descents throughout including one fairly steep climb up to the top of the downs, and an equivalent descent. The surfaces are a mixture of field and woodland paths which can get fairly muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There is one section of road walking so take care of any traffic. There are a few gates plus four stiles on route, the final one of which is enclosed and quite tall so dogs may need a lift over (although there is a stone wall at the side that they could jump onto). One of the fields is likely to be holding horses and another holding sheep so take care with dogs. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.

The small village of Boxley is located about 4 miles north east of Maidstone in Kent. The walk starts and finishes from outside the village church on The Street, opposite the Kings Arms. There are about six parking spaces in front of the church, otherwise park in the village with consideration for the local residents. Approximate post code ME14 3DR.

The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website -Boxley and the North Downs This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.

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