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Mills and Meadows - Horton Kirby

Circular walks along the Darent Valley Path

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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This is a pleasant and relaxing 3.2 mile walk along one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Darent following the banks of ... more »

  • Sheep and ponies

  • Wildlife, particularly birds, along the riverside

  • Franks Hall

  • A historic brick screen crossing the Darent alongside the bridge at Farningham

  • The Mill and Mill House opposite the Lion Hotel
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Location: Horton Kirby
Distance: 3.2 miles (5.1km)
Time: allow 1 hour 30 mins
Explorer map: 162
Terrain: riverside paths and some... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Fertile fields

Fertile fields have long attracted settlers to Horton Kirby. Archaeologists have identified a large Roman granary, Anglo-Saxon cemeteries and a 15th century castle.

2. Franks Hall

Queen Elizabeth I may have stayed at Franks Hall.

3. Mills

Corn grinding stopped at the white weather-boarded mill in the the centre of Farningham in 1900. Residents at the Mill House have included Captain Bligh who served on The Bounty.

4. Wadard, the Norman Knight

Farningham had four manors in Domesday Book. One belonged to a Norman knight, Wadard, who fought at the battle of Hastings. He is depicted on his horse in the Bayeux Tapestry. Wadard also features on the Farningham village sign.

5. The White House

The White House on Horton Kirby's main street was believed to have been the centre of a thriving smuggling business handling spirits ans silks a the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.