Things to do in Ide Hill, Kent
Ide Hill is one of the highest villages in Kent, perching on the top of the Greensand ridge at 800 feet above sea-level.
It is a most attractive village grouped around its wide green, with a Victorian church on the edge of a wood, an 18th century pub and a shop. The church has a beautiful lychgate, crafted by local builder Cecil 'Dusty' Boakes. There are fine views over the Weald of Kent from the footpaths that lead from the village, which include the Greensand Way long distance trail - the stretch from here to Toys Hill and Crockham Hill is popular.
The history of Ide Hill is largely agricultural. George Orwell came here in his down-and-out days and slept at the 'spike', where poor people who came from London to help with the harvest were lodged. Ide Hill has moved upmarket since then.
Description by Jeffrey Darlington