Ably lead by Michael Harries, the Day Walking Group enjoyed yet another fine walk in May embracing the countryside south of Westerham. The walk had everything the group inspire to have for one of its day walks – fine views across the Weald, coming across fine medieval buildings, dry ground underfoot and a great pub for lunch and a well deserved pint at the Grumpy Mole public house near Oxted!
Michael lead the group from our start on Hosey Common (once a building stone quarry but now covered in woodland) above Westerham along some little known tracks which gave us all fine views of Chartwell, excellent southerly views of the Weald and some well maintained early Wealden farmhouses near Edenbridge.
A surprise near the end of the walk was a ruined tower in Tower wood next to Hosey Common. This now romantic derelict building was built around 1735-40 essentially as a place for entertaining guests at nearby Squerryes Court by the then Lord of the Manor – John Ward Esq. One historic account of one the parties held there mentioned some 700 people were present with fireworks and two hogsheads of strong beer drank!
Why not follow in the group’s footsteps? You do not have to clock up 11 miles as the area boasts a large number of footpaths and creating walks of a range of distances very easy to do – see Map OS Explorer 147. Be prepared for a few ascents! Good parking at Hosey Common.