We’ve highlighted a couple of walking routes for you, and un-coincidentally they all finish at The Red Lion in Hernhill which acts as the perfect watering hole!
The Cart Stable to The Red Lion (1.8km / 1.1 miles)
The shortest route, a mix of road and footpaths through the orchards.
1. Head along Butlers Hill in the opposite direction to The Dove.
2. After 650 meters you will pass Woodlands, continue down the hill for 90 metres, then take the public footpath on the right.
3. Follow the footpath for 400 meters then cross the road and up the steps into the next orchard.
350 meters follow the footpath alongside the village hall fields.
5. At the end of the footpath turn left and follow the road for approx. 250 meters where you will find The Red Lion.
The Cart Stable to The Red Lion (2.6km / 1.6 miles)
A slightly longer route, all country lanes and worth the view at the top of Crockham Road.
1. Head along Butlers Hill in the opposite direction to The Dove, continuing for 1km until you reach the junction with Crockham Road on your left.
2. Walk up the hill, stop for a well-deserved breather at the top, and take in the views.
3. Continue down the hill, and at the junction at the bottom turn right onto Crockham Lane.
4. After 800 meters you will reach The Red Lion and the village green.
The Cart Stable to The Red Lion (4.8km / 2.9 miles)
The longest route but well worth it, starting with a walk through the woods to the top of Dawes Road where you can take in the spectacular views across North Kent.
1. Take the public bridleway to the right of Elm Tree Cottage and follow for 1.4km until you reach the gate that enters Holly Hill Farm.
2. Continue through the farm (this is a public footpath), closing the gates behind you. After 500 meters you will reach the junction with Dawes Road.
3. Stop to take in the breath-taking views.
4. Continue right down the hill for 1km, then take the right onto Thread Lane.
5. After 1kn you will reach a fork, take the left onto Crockham Lane.
6. After 800 meters you will reach The Red Lion, where you can enjoy your very well-earned drink!
For any keen runners visiting us The Cart Stable is perfectly located for a run along our quite country lanes, or better still, some off-road running through the woods. Below are just a few routes for a range of distances. For Parkrunners we also have a couple of Parkruns located close to us at Whitstable and Canterbury.
Easy 1.5k Loop
A nice run around Dargate with a 1.5km loop you can do once or multiple times to reach your desired distance.
1. Head down Butlers Hill towards The Dove, then take a left along Plumpudding Lane.
2. At the sharp right bend take the left at the gate-house down the track. At the fork take the left track up to the small white gate-house.
3. Upon reaching the top of the track at the gate-house, take a left on to Butlers Hill.
4. Follow the road and you will eventually reach Elm Tree Cottage…where you can make the decision to stop…or repeat!
5km – Hills, Views and Woods
A challenging 5km mix of road and trail taking on some hills…but with fantastic views and a well-deserved downhill through the woods for the final 1.2km.
1. Head down Butlers Hill towards The Dove, then take a right along Dargate Road.
2. Follow the road for 0.9km where you will start the 0.6km climb up the hill.
3. At the top of the hill turn right along Courtenay Road, then follow for 1km turning right into Dawes Road.
4. After 0.7km turn right down the track and then take the right fork into Holly Hill Farm. This is a public footpath but please remember to close the gates.
5. Once through the farm you will reach the bridleway and then enjoy 1.2km of downhill all the way to Elm Tree Cottage!
10km – Three Pubs Route!
A challenging 10km route around the parish of Hernhill, passing each of our three village pubs!
1. Head down Butlers Hill towards The Dove (pub #1), take a right along Dargate Road.
the road for 0.9km where you will start the 0.6km climb up the hill.
the top of the hill turn right along Courtenay Road, then follow for 1km
turning right into Dawes Road.
Dawes Road for 1.9km, the majority downhill where you can take in the wonderful
views. At the bottom of Dawes Road you
will reach the T-jct, then take a right onto Staple Street Road.
1km you will reach The Three Horseshoes (pub #2) then take a right down Church
Church Hill…and then back up it…into Hernhill with the picturesque village
green and The Red Lion pub (pub #3). At
The Red Lion turn left into Kays Lane.
7. At the end of Kays Lane turn right down Kemsdale Road. Follow for 1km then turn right at the Fostall T-jct.
8 . Follow up the hill keeping left. Eventually passing Woodlands and then Little Orchard on your right, turn left onto the track at the white gate-house.