For their August 10 mile hike, the intrepid Knole Day Walking Group explored the countryside south of Cudham to the North Downs above Chevening. This area although close to Knockholt and Westerham (and the M25), provides excellent walking country with fine views as you would expect in classical chalk downland. A good part of the walk was along the North Downs Way. This is always good for walking, and even after heavy rain it is reasonably dry underfoot.
Ably lead by Janet and Alan Joynes, one of the high spots of the walk was coming across a large field of what appeared to be superb mix wild flowers - some quite unusual. It turned out this was a field specially sown to attract and provide shelter for game birds. One of the wild flowers in this was not a native flower but is a native of SW United States and NW Mexico – Phacelia Tanacetifloria. Its common name is Fiddleneck. It is very attractive to bees and other insects.
Another highlight was the lunch stop provided by Michael Harries at his home at the halfway point of the walk. Tea and Cakes provided as well!
If you fancy a walk in this area there is plenty of parking at the Cudham sports field car park. There is a good network of footpaths in the area south of Cudham and the North Downs Way always worth a stroll along! See OS Explorer Map 147.