Normally I tend to devise my own walks but on this occasion I followed a suggested 6.6 mile route from Kent County Council Explore Kent.
Many towns and villages in this part of North Kent including Higham claim links to the author Charles Dickens and trade on it to this day.
The walk starts and finishes at Higham station on the main line from London to the Medway towns. Dickens was an avid walker and covered on average 12 miles a day regardless of the weather.
From the station the route of the walk crosses over the railway bridge and then across open farmland towards the centre of Higham village.
The distinctive buildings to the left of the picture are oast houses which were used for drying hops.
Nowadays Gads Hill Place is used as a private school. At some point this year, when new school buildings are finished, it is due to become a Dickens museum and will be open to the public.
The base of a windmill originally built in the 1760's but partly demolished in 1921.
Parts of the church date back to the 13th century but there is evidence of earlier Saxon and Norman churches at the site. The church is no longer in regular use but is maintained by a national charity called The Churches Conservation Trust. It is open daily to visitors.
On 17th July 1860, Dickens' daughter Katey was married at the church. Reverend Hindle conducted the ceremony. Katey's mother Catherine was not at the wedding. Dickens had separated from her in 1858 after starting a secret affair with actress Ellen Ternan.
Dickens with his daughters Katey and Mary.
Medieval floor tiles near the altar.
The door to the church is adorned with crude carvings thought to be from the 14th century.
The Chequers above closed a few years ago and has now been converted into apartments.