The Darent Valley

The River Darent rises near Westerham in North-West Kent and flows Northwards to the Thames at Dartford.  The Heritage Village of Otford is in the centre of the Darent Valley in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.  The Valley is home to many heritage sites and other visitor attractions.

Read more about the history and stories of the River Darent and its communities in: Darent by Rod Shelton.  ISBN 978-0-95039-639-2

Otford itself is a Heritage Village dating back to Roman times with many listed buildings, including the only duckpond in the country with listed status!  The pond, which is a Grade 2 listed structure, first listed 16 Jan 1975, is thought to date back to Anglo Saxon times, when it was probably used as a drinking hole for local livestock. In 2014 is gained the distinction of being the Roundabout of the Year.

Its rich history is described in: Clarke, D, and Stoyel, A. (1975) Otford in Kent: a history. Otford and District Historical Society. Otford.  ISBN 0-9503963-0-3

Local film maker Barbara Darby has produced a number of videos on Otford and its history including:

Guided walks around the Village of Otford and the Archbishops’ Palace are available for groups by arrangement.  These walks led by local historians Cliff and Elizabeth Ward,  can last between one and two hours depending on the interests of the group and the time available.  For more information call 01959 522 384.