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“It was a wonderful mixture of exercise, art and education, set in the most glorious countryside – and we loved every moment of it. You were a superb guide – enthusiastic, clear and very knowledgeable about your subject” – David Tennant, Tonbridge School Arts Society

“A perfect combination of activities; every single one a pleasure. Please do another and sign me up straight away! ” – Nancy Gilchrist

“A very satisfying and fascinating experience for us all . Your depth of knowledge was remarkable ” – Flick Seton, The Art Fund.A

Curated Walks in Samuel Palmer Country

My walks provide an illustrated introduction to the work of this brilliant visionary artist described by Kenneth Clarke as “The English Van Gogh”. They take place in and around the village of Shoreham in Kent, and through what Palmer called his, “Valley of Vision”. Samuel Palmer lived in Shoreham between 1826 and 1834 as one of a group of artists who called themselves “The Ancients”, and it was here that he painted his most inspired and original works. This part of the Darent valley, just 24 miles from London, is still very beautiful with far-reaching views across the Weald of Kent and despite the 200 years that have passed since Palmer’s time it is still possible to get a strong feeling for the landscape which informed his work.

Forthcoming walks

Saturday April 27th .

10.30am returning by 3.30 pm with a possible detour to see the spectacular bluebells in Meenfield woods.

Friday  June 21st . Summer solstice moonlight walk.

Starting at 5pm  returning at approximately 10.30pm.  This walk also includes a  wild flower meadow  with rare orchids.

Thursday September 12th


Other dates for 2019 yet to be arranged.

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The Standard Walk   £25 per person

We meet at 10.30am at The Crown pub in Shoreham (TN14 7TJ) for coffee and an introductory talk about Palmer. This is followed by a walk of approximately four and a half miles immersing ourselves in the landscape in which he painted and stopping along the way to discuss aspects of his work. Bring a picnic for lunch on the hill or, if preferred, lunch is available back at the pub at the end of the walk. We finish at approximately 3.15pm.

Shoreham is easily accessible from London by  car or by train from Victoria. For those coming by train  (please check for current running times) :

London Victoria to Shoreham

Depart 09.22

Change at Bromley South

Arrive 10.04

Shoreham to London Victoria

Depart 15.40

Change at Bromley South

Arrive 16.21

If you are coming by train I will meet you at Shoreham station.


Tailor Made Walks

The walks described above will be on set dates. I can also arrange walks for your specific requirements at a date and time to suit you. Anyone wishing to organise their own group of 6 or more will go on the walk free.

For the more energetic there is also the possibility of a longer day that takes in two locations. Shoreham and One Tree Hill near Sevenoaks.

The second walk takes approximately an hour and a half. You emerge from ancient woodland high up over the Weald to enjoy  superb views where Palmer painted.

This walk requires your own transport to drive the 5 miles between the two locations.

The day starts at 9.30am and ends at approximately 5pm


For more information or to book a place on a walk please contact me enquiries@victoriathrelfall.co.uk or ring 07966 519969