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Summer Cramble from Hayes to Keston, Downe and Farnborough

August 12, 2023 all-day

An annual “Cramble” (CAMRA ramble ) has become something of a branch tradition and offers a chance to combine a healthy walk of about 6 miles with visits to up to six of of our more rural pubs, all of which serve cask ale.    The route mainly follows some of Bromley CAMRA’s “pub walks”.    Click here to see details of all of our pub walks.

Our plan is meet at the front of Hayes station which can be reached by train or by using bus routes 119, 138, 246 or 314 from Central Bromley or the 353 from Orpington.   In all cases alight at Hayes Station.

The walk will begin 11:30, so please arrive in good time.   We then walk the 1.3 miles to Keston where will have our first pub break.   See Pub Walks – Route 1.   Keston offers a choice of either the Greyhound or the Fox.   

Duly refreshed, at 13:00 we will begin the 2.5 mile walk to Downe.   This roughly follows pub walks 4 and 5, although we have altered the route slightly to avoid a number of stiles near the end of the route.   Downe also has two pubs serving cask ale – these are the George and Dragon and the Queen’s Head.

At 15:00 we will begin the final section of the walk which follows pub walk 8 for 2.1 miles to Farnborough.

Once again, there is a choice of pubs at Farnborough, these being the Change of Horses and the Woodman.  

Farnborough is served by bus route 358 which offers an easy way back to Bromley, Beckenham or Orpington.