We could have put this route up under the R5 as they cover the same loop but in opposite directions but it was for the 11.20 R10 that we arrived at Orpington Station. As the time-table shows and the red on the bus map alerts this is an every 2 hour service, with one every hour in opposite directions.The Walnuts, which proves to be not just a food store with some fine marigolds in front but also a leisure centre with greater pretensions towards a shopping experience. No lingering today though and the bus set off back to the war memorial and the Sevenoaks Road to Green Street Green. This route does not call in at the nearly redundant Orpington Hospital but does linger awhile at the eponymous Green (technically the Farnborough Hill garage) where the drivers changed over, a pleasant wait in the summer months but a bit exposed later in the year.
the Coal Tax, which Wiki explains much better than I can. A sort of early Congestion Charge? As with all these things there is someone who has tried to track down the remaining posts and here are his photos. As you can see Green Street Green is a rich hunting ground and the R and dear old B routes the ‘way to go’
From here on the route is a bit of guesswork as we rattled along without stopping. On the whole the hedgerows and /or fences were too high to peer over and where we could the bus was going too fast or too bumpily for the photos to make much sense. The road sign had promised ‘Bends for 2 miles’ which was indeed the case. There were no pavements thus no stops though we did spot a rather rustic bus shelter some way along Cudham; apart from us there were 2 other passengers. Notices glimpsed at gateways indicated the presence of a cattery, some stables both riding and livery (park your horse for some-one else to look after) and probably some farms.
'The Shaws' proves not to be a farm but in fact a camp for the Girl Guide Movement, not that it was visible from the road. The first stand-out building we spotted was the Tally Ho Pub. So by now I was beginning to wonder whether ‘chaps’ hunted round here’. Hunting or not, ‘chaps’ there certainly are as by this time we had arrived (and stopped very briefly) in Knockholt Village Centre noticing that the village finger posts were offering us Chevening, now the official shared residence of the Foreign Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister. Do you suppose they ‘book’ alternate weeks or split the house in two?
the 'Cock' pub and from its history there has obviously been a drinking joint here for several centuries.
From here on we were back on the route by which we had left Orpington earlier, calling again at the war memorial and into the Walnuts before being delivered back at the station just under 55 minutes after we had left. The route has much potential but would almost certainly be better viewed from a taller vehicle where the passenger could fully appreciate views of the not so distant downlands, fields and wildlife which are such a feature of the Rs 10 and 5. Equally obviously the roads followed are much too narrow to allow for this.