Only 15mins from Iffin Farmhouse, by car, through the village of Petham (famous for its beautiful surrounding landscapes and “chocolate box” style cottages), past the poor house in Waltham and on along narrow country lanes to the top of the North Downs.
Absolutely stunning views stretching for miles to the most western edge of the county and on into East Sussex and to the South spectacular views of Romney Marsh.
In days long ago dense forest covered the low ground in Kent so travellers to France made their way along the North Downs. They dropped down to Wye to the ford on the River Stour. And so a hamlet grew up first near the river providing rest and comfort for travellers.
The more agile of walkers today can follow the same paths, also stopping off for some liquid refreshments at a variety of establishments before ascending a steep climb back up to the top of the Downs passing by The Crown before continuing eastwards to take in, again, the spectacular views.
The Crown was cut into the chalk hillside to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII by college students, on the Wye college estate on 12th June 1902. Restored between 1991 and 1995, recently re-whitened (April 1997) for Wye College’s 550th Anniversary The Crown can be seen from miles around