Our fellow Berkshire Ramblers group, Pang Valley Ramblers, are organising a visit to Charles Darwin’s house in Kent, with associated walks. One of their members, Peter Worsley, has just written a book about Darwin.
Here are some details from their website:
Down House was the home of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin for most of his life. We will either assemble in the booking hall on the arrivals (east) side at ORPINGTON railway station by 10.30am or members may wish to travel together from Reading. All stations are within Zone 6, so a London Travelcard from Reading will cover all public transport.
Suggested timing on the current timetable is leaving Reading at 8:46 to Paddington, tube by Bakerloo to Charing Cross then train to Orpington, arriving at 10:25. It is possible to get a group ticket with a Travelcard for each of us costing £16:45, the same cost as using a Railcard, in which case those interested would need to meet at the station in advance to purchase the group ticket.
The full walk is in three parts:-
First, 4 miles to Downe village via Farnborough, we will visit Darwinian sites in the village and then have a lunch break- either bring a picnic, or there is a CAMRA pub or a teashop.
Second, a 15 minute walk to Down House. This is an English Heritage property and admission to the house is £10:60 concession or £11:80 adult. About two hours will be allocated to visiting the house and grounds.
Third, a walk from Down House to HAYES (Kent) railway station via Keston Heath of about 4 miles with an arrival c. 17.00 hrs. from where trains go to Charing Cross.
The return walk can be terminated at Downe with a return to Orpington using local buses (every 30 mins) if wanted.
This walk is an exact repeat of one undertaken in 1894 with arrival and departures from the same stations. There were 120 participants!