Royal Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by the glorious countryside of Kent and Sussex - part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Miles of footpaths, marked long distance walking routes and some of the best walks in Kent, make the area ideal for walkers. Several Ordnance Survey maps covering the local area give details of all the footpaths with public access. These and a number of illustrated publications detailing specific Kent walks are available from the Visit Tunbridge Wells Online Shop.
The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk - 27 ½ miles (44.3 km) of paths surrounding the town, with link paths to Tunbridge Wells town centre - provides a real challenge for those spending several days in the area or can be split into sections for a more leisurely walk through the Kent countryside. Passing several points of interest along the way, such as Groombridge Place Gardens and the magnificent Chagall windows at All Saints' Church in Tudeley, the Tunbridge Wells Circular is a good introduction to some of the sights of the area.
Nearby Ashdown Forest provides 2,500 acres of open heathland criss-crossed with pathways and bridleways to enjoy. The Forest was the inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood in AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories, and true Pooh fans can enjoy a game of Poohsticks on Pooh Bridge near the village of Hartfield, a short 10 minute drive from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The Weald Way runs across the counties of Kent and Sussex across the chalk ridges of the North and South Downs and through the Weald stretching for almost 80 miles (126.8km).Starting from the Thames, it finishes at Eastbourne, passing through Royal Tunbridge Wells on its way.
The Sussex Border Path, as its name suggests, runs along the county borders of Kent, West Sussex and East Sussex, over the South Downs towards East Grinstead, passing south of Royal Tunbridge Wells to Bewl Water and Hawkhurst and then finishing in Rye. The Walk goes through unspoilt countryside, charming villages and small friendly pubs offering good food and beer.
And of course the well known National Trails of the North Downs and South Downs Way are within easy reach of the Tunbridge Wells area. Walking sections of these trails make for wonderful days out in the countryside.
For information on walks, countryside and green spaces which are accessible to those using wheelchairs, mobility scooters, pushchairs and buggies, visit www.accessiblecountryside.org.uk
Further details of all the above routes and other Tunbridge Wells walks, as well as accommodation within easy reach of the routes, can be obtained by contacting the Tourist Information Centre in Royal Tunbridge Wells. A good selection of maps and books detailing Tunbridge Wells walks is also available online at the Visit Tunbridge Wells Shop.
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