Beating The Bounds

Beating the Bounds of Westerham Parish

Monday 7th May 2018 from 8am

Please download walking routes and maps below – choose part or all of the route, clockwise or anti clockwise – the choice is yours!

View the Photo Album 2017 

Beating The Bounds

The Westerham Society and Westerham Town Partnership were delighted to welcome families, groups, friends and visitors to join the residents of Westerham in checking our boundaries are still in place! Residents and visitors can explore our wonderful countryside, enjoy the views and join the community for a Maypole Dance by the children of Churchill School, with pizzas from Federicci, entertainment and refreshments on The Green in the afternoon.

Walking starts any time after 8am and the pizza van will be on The Green from about 12.30pm. The day is free to enjoy, although donations in the buckets in aid of the town’s hanging baskets will be gratefully received.

Of course, anyone can download the route cards (see below) and follow the route of the old parish boundary at any time, but spring will truly be in the air and it will be a chance to invite friends and relatives to Westerham for an unusual day out. Everyone taking part in any of the activities or walking groups does so at their own risk.

All the way round…

A group from Westerham Ramblers will leave Charmans Farm checkpoint/parking spot (just off Beggars lane) at 8:30am and will go anti-clockwise (to get the “up” of Westerham Hill out of the way early in the proceedings).  They welcome anyone who’d like to join them to tackle the whole circuit, (about 12 miles or so) and friendly dogs are also invited!

The Family Section

Thank you to the Westerham Scout group, who will provide a ‘Westerham Trail’ through the woods, looking for clues along the way. This section from Westerham Hill to Charman’s Farm (the site of the new Squerryes Winery and Brewery) has some wonderful views from the North Downs.

Follow ‘The Westerham Trail’ clues through the woods and the family friendly quiz sheet can be downloaded here. Youth groups and clubs may like to organise their own members to take part in the walk, and we’d be happy to evidence badges and activity logs.

If you want to join an informal walking group through the Family Section, you are welcome to join Anne, who will be getting the 246 Bromley bus from the Green at 10.25 getting off at The Avenue and walking via Charman’s Farm back into town across King George’s Field.  (3.5 miles altogether, takes about two hours)

To Chartwell…

Another group, led by Elaine, will leave the (Big) Grasshopper Inn at Moorhouse at 10am to walk to Chartwell (about 3 miles). Make your own way to the inn and meet Elaine at the BTB checkpoint in the car park. The plan will be to get the 246 bus back from Chartwell to the Green at 12.19.

Back on The Green…

maypoleMaypole dancing from Churchill School children, returns for the second time at 1pm and again at 3pm, under the expert eye of Liz Scholey.  Our Westerham Town Crier, John Scholey, will be leading the music with Mike Lambert, who used to play in the Wolfe.

The Ravensbourne Morris Men will perform at noon. There will also be a fair by Lee Sherwood and pizzas from Federicci, entertainment and refreshments.

Westerham Groups

The organisers are keen for others in the community to join in the festivities and we’d like to invite your group to bring a small table, notice, or just a person for our marquee on The Green in the afternoon. The aim is to showcase your group’s activities to our visitors, and perhaps sign up new members. If you’d like to join in, please reply and we’d be delighted to reserve a space for you.

We hope to have a traditional pole lathe and Posy and Wild will be demonstrating their skills in flower arranging.  Artists will be at work on the Green from the Churchill Art Cafe.

If you have any questions please contact Gordon Rodgers on 01959 564140 or email:

Thank you!

The Westerham Society and Westerham Town Partnership would thank all the volunteers, musicians and organisers for their effort. We hope we achieved a fun day out for all the family, as well as raising much needed funds for the Hanging Baskets Appeal. And a special thanks to all our brave walkers – see you all in May!
Gordon Rodgers, Chair of Westerham Society

Photos thanks to Pete Anstock, April Richer, Darren Hayes, Beth Mullings & Jane Bowes

View Westerham’s Photo Album 2016,  ITV’s News coverage 2016Photo Album 2015Photo Album 2014 here and Photo Album 2013 here.

Walking Routes

The Westerham Society and Westerham Town Partnership hope you enjoy the walk, but cannot be held responsible for any loss, injury or damage arising out of, or connected with the Beating of the Bounds event.

Route Card. Detailed notes for walking in either direction can be downloaded by clicking here for clockwise directions or here for anticlockwise directions. These are updated for 2017 and there may be a few small changes from last year.

Click to download a printable map.


BTB Sketch Map


Beating the Bounds of a parish is an ancient tradition, based on the need for inhabitants to know the extent of their land, before the days of maps. The people, led by the vicar and choirboys, would walk round the boundary, checking that the boundary stones were in place, and making sure that everyone, particularly the young, knew where the boundary lay. The Vicar would also bless the land in the hope of a fruitful harvest.

The earliest record of this in Westerham is on 22nd May 1718. Trees and posts were marked with the letter W.  Next in 1758 and again in 1805, mentions are found in the parish archives. Read more…

Westerham Heritage Collection

Photos of Bygone Westerham will be on on display in the main tent to launch the Westerham Heritage Collection, which sets out to archive thousands of old pictures and documents about our town.  The Westerham Society has just been awarded a Lottery Grant for this project.