Walk of the Month

Walk of the Month

Sandwalk, Down House, Kent, UK

This is probably the shortest walk we are likely to feature in this range of articles but it is also likely to remain one of the most significant walks for some time to come. The sandwalk in question is a short stroll that starts from the bottom of the garden at Down House in Kent. Down House, now an English Heritage property, was the home of Charles Darwin from 1842 until his death in 1882. The ground floor of the house, the large garden and greenhouses are fascinatingly restored to their original state and the upper floor of the house is a miniature museum consisting of serval room charting his time on the Beagle and life at Down House.

In 1846 Darwin rented a narrow strip of land at the end of his garden from the local landowner. Hedges, trees and stone and sand path was laid down. The walk passes through two meadows running around the planted copse before looping back on itself at the half-way point. This quarter-mile path was Darwin's 'thinking' path where he walked regularly, often several times a day.


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