Beating the Bounds of Westerham Parish
and Annual Rotary Fair
Sunday 10th May 2020 from 8am
Walking routes and map – download here
Fair on the Green – details here
The Westerham Society and Westerham Town Partnership are 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 the spring weather. The Scouts make a welcome return with their Family Section and fun Quiz (on the north east part of the the trail) Join the community for a Maypole Dance by the children of Churchill School, with food from Westerham Scouts and Westerham Sea Cadets. Live entertainment and refreshments on the Green after 11am organised by the Town Partnership, with stalls coordinated by Edenbridge and Westerham Rotary, who are joining us again with their annual Rotary Fair.
Walking starts any time after 8am. 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 (aka Westerham Brewery) 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
The Scouts make a welcome return with their Family Section and fun Quiz (on the north east part of the trail, from the top of the North Downs) Download the quiz questions here
This year there will be no escorted walk on the Family Section. If you want to get the 246 bus up Westerham Hill to the start of the walk at The Avenue, 246 buses leave the Green at 8.27, 9.27, 10.26 and 11.26 and you can get off at The Avenue. Cross the road and walk the clockwise route to Charman’s Farm (aka Westerham Brewery). You can walk back into town across King George’s Field. (3.5 miles altogether, takes about two hours) This section from Westerham Hill to Charman’s Far the Squerryes Winery and Westerham Brewery has some wonderful views from the North Downs.
Grasshopper to Chartwell…
If you’d like to join a group of other walkers, Elaine will leave the (Big) Grasshopper Inn at Moorhouse at 9.30am to walk to Chartwell (about 3 miles). Enjoy bluebells and the views from Mariners Hill that inspired Octavia Hill. Make your own way to the Grasshopper meet Elaine outside the car park. The pub is being renovated and the car park is not accessible, so please park in the lay-by or on the verge. The plan will be to get the 246 bus back from Chartwell to the Green at 12.20, or maybe earlier. There are buses back to Westerham from Chartwell every hour from 1020 to 1720.
Chartwell to Charmans Farm, via Dunsdale
This section of the walk passes over private land and is only available “on the day”. A chance to see woodland, bluebells and familiar views of Westerham from unfamiliar angles.
Anne is planning to walk this section, starting at Chartwell and following the “anticlockwise” route back via Dunsdale to Charmans, where she will cut across King George’s Field, back into town. If you’d like to join her, meet at the bus shelter at 10am and catch the 10.06 bus to Chartwell.
Maypole from Churchill School
Maypole and Morris Dancing from Churchill School children, will be performed at 2pm and again at 3pm, under the expert eye of Liz Scholey. Our Westerham Town Crier, John Scholey, will be leading the music, assisted by Mike Lambert on the accordion.
We will be joined again this year by Edenbridge and Westerham Rotary, who are bringing their own annual fair to the Green from 11am. For more information please contact Zena Belton at firstname.lastname@example.org
Live music will begin at 11 am .
Punch and Judy will be here again at noon and one o’clock. – it’s Mr Punch’s Birthday this Sunday.
The Rotary Fair has invited more than 20 stalls. Lee Sherwood will be there with his traditional funfair.
Expected Order of Events:
8.00 Walking begins
8.30 Westerham Ramblers leave at Charman’s Farm (aka Westerham Brewery) to walk the whole circuit (about 12 miles, friendly dogs welcome)
9.30 Elaine’s group leaves the big Grasshopper to walk to Chartwell (about 3 miles, optional bus back to The Green)
10.00 Anne’s group catches bus to Chartwell to walk back along Dunsdale route to Charman’s Farm (see above)
11.00 Fair opens with Ian Fox on keyboard. Sea Cadets are ready with food.
11.30 New Young Talent – Knowle Academy and James Yoxall
12.00 Punch & Judy
12.30 New Young Talent – Knowle Academy and James Yoxall
1.00 Punch & Judy
1.30 Westerham Sea Cadets parade
2.00 Maypole & Country Dancing from Churchill School
2.20 Belly Dancers
2.45 ‘The Strummers’ Ukulele band
3.00 Maypole & Country Dancing from Churchill School
3.20 New Young Talent – Knowle Academy and James Yoxall
4.00 Ian Fox reprise
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.
If you have any questions please contact Zena Belton at email@example.com or Stuart Merrylees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Choose any part of the route, clockwise or anti clockwise – the choice is yours!
These have been updated for 2019 and there are two changes you should note. Please check this website at end of April for 2020 updates
From Charmans to French Street, the route goes over private land in the Valence/Dunsdale estate, rather than over a stile into Park Farm and up Pipers Green Lane. We regret that this particular variation of the regular BTB route will only be available on the day, as it is not a public footpath.
The Westerham Society, Westerham Town Partnership and Edenbridge and Westerham Rotarythank all the volunteers, musicians and organisers for their efforts. We hope it is a fun day out for all the family. Photos from previous years come with thanks to Pete Anstock, April Richer, Darren Hayes, Beth Mullings & Jane Bowes
View Westerham’s albums from previous years
A bit of History
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. Again in 1758 and again in 1805, mentions are found in the parish archives. Read more…