Walk in the footsteps of British artist Samuel Palmer as he tells you about his time living in Shoreham (Kent) and the paintings he created here. This fascinating audio-visual trail, downloadable from Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, celebrates one of Britain's most talented – and not well-enough known - Victorian artists.
This is a wonderful two to three-hour 8 km walk through chalk grasslands, which starts and ends in picturesque Shoreham, taking in village history, riverside walks, and the ancient woods at Lullingstone where Palmer used to sketch. Enjoy breath-taking views and connect with this remarkable story while strolling through the landscape which inspired it all.
There are plenty of options for food and drink in Shoreham, including the Mount Vineyard, the Samuel Palmer Inn, The Crown, The Kings Arms and the Honeypot Café, together with a café at Lullingstone Country Park at the half way point on the walk.
Worthy mention: Artist Graham Sutherland, a devotee of Samuel Palmer's some 100 years after his Shoreham years, lived for a time in neighbouring village Eynsford, at Willow Cottage on the A225.
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Directions: Shoreham station has two Thameslink trains an hour and is minutes from the start of the Trail.