5.3miles / 8.53km through 4 Gates and over 9 Stiles
The Otford Solar System is a full scale representation of the position of our planets, and probably the largest model of its type in the world. It was constructed by the village as a millennium project and adds another dimension to this delightful walk.
Having located your position in the universe, head high onto the North Downs for spectacular views over the countryside. The paths are steep and include a section of the North Downs Way. But there are plenty of opportunities to catch your breath by the fine duck pond in the roundabout at the centre of the village. The pond is listed as a protected feature and the parish council contributes an allowance to feed the village ducks.
Otford, which lies on the River Darent, also includes the remains of an Archbishop’s Palace. The palace was one of a chain of great houses belonging to the Archbishops of Canterbury. It was rebuilt on a grand scale in the early 16th century.
Henry VIII was very impressed by the improved palace and took control of it from Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, but then lost interest and let the buildings fall into disrepair.
Please note that the route has a short on-road section and the steep climbs may not be suitable for all.
Refreshments and facilities are available at Otford village centre.