Leeds Castle and Gardens

Date

Sat Mar 28th

Organiser

Diane C

Cost

Walk free to members, £6 supplement for attendees from Meetup. Entry to castle and all gardens £25. Option to just do main part of the walk without paying entrance fee as rights of way cross the estate.

Activity

This 6 mile walk in the garden of England is a new one for the group. We will be walking around this beautiful castle which has been a Norman stronghold; the private property of six of England's medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous; and in the 21st century, it has become one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. We will also visit the beautiful gardens which include the fabulous Lady Baillie Mediterranean garden and terraces. There are also woodlands, parklands and a large lake we can discover through a leisurely stroll. Walk starts from Hollingbourne station and passes through the historic village of Eyhorne Street. Option for drivers to go direct to Castle, contact organiser for details.

Refreshments

Cafe on site, packed lunches welcome

Travel

By train: 9:25am service from Victoria arrives Hollingbourne 10:30am. Please check travel website the week before as possible engineering works on this line. Free car parking in nearby streets.

Start

10:30am prompt outside Hollingbourne station, postcode ME17 1UX

Finish

Around 5:00pm at start point

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