See the real countryside whilst cycling in the Weald of Kent

See the real countryside whilst cycling in the Weald of Kent

by Explore Kent

Winter in Tunbridge Wells

Once the Christmas festivities are over it’s time to look forward to the rest of the year, shake off the winter blues, get out of the fug and put some air into those lungs! We’ll show you how and where.

Winter wellbeing in Tunbridge Wells

Don't get stuck in doors, get outside and get active! Indulge in some outdoorsy ways to wellbeing.

Put your best foot forward and try out a new activity, or a favourite in a new location! We all know the importance of exercise (especially after the indulgence of Christmas!), so in this shiny new year why not make the most of all nature has to offer, and reconnect with the outdoors? Just being in the fresh air makes you feel miles better!

Get away from the traffic, noise, bustle and pollution by visiting the spacious, uncrowded rural areas of the borough.

The winter has its own radiant beauty and walking at this time of year offers a refreshing change of pace. Whether it’s an enchanting silent world of frost and mist or a bright invigorating day, you are bound to feel revitalised.

With miles and miles of footpaths waiting to be discovered grab your walking boots, wrap up warm and go explore the wildness of the Wealden countryside. It’s a great opportunity to blow away the festive cobwebs and enjoy the clean country air and ethereal views!

The National Trust in Tunbridge Wells

At Scotney Castle there are over 780 acres for the whole family to enjoy including four easy to follow trails. Don’t forget to take your furry friend along as dogs are welcome.

Enjoy the great outdoors, sniff out the best places to explore and keep tails wagging. The estate, garden, and tea-room for takeaways are open from 10am – 4pm. The House and the Old Castle are shut to the public for the time being.

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens has the estate, garden and restaurant open from 10am – 4pm. There are some timeless views across the North Kent Downs countryside to be seen, ideal for a brisk walk or leisurely stroll to recharge those batteries. Just bring your warm coat and wellies!

The National Trust properties are only accepting bookings in advance so please visit their website to enable your visit to take place.

Wintry Ways in the Tunbridge Wells Countryside

The Parkland and Riverside walks across the ancient historic parkland of Penshurst Place provide scenic walks all year round.

Nearby Kingdom Café is available for fantastic home-made food to take-away.

Bewl Water, near the village of Lamberhurst, is a vast country park which features the largest reservoir in the south east. The river’s edge is a 12 ½ mile walk and has a café and bistro overlooking the water. Cycling is also available round the water's edge.

Bedgebury National Forest & Pinetum is open all year round and has a selection of all ability walking routes and cycle trails for all the family to enjoy whatever the season. There is plenty designed for the younger family members which will allow them to run off lots of energy including the playgrounds.

Grab yourself some warming drinks, soup and cake from the wooden café, an attractive log cabin style building overlooking one of the lakes, and you can carry on going!

Cycle to keep warm

If you prefer your exercise on two wheels, get on your bike and take up the challenge of cycling through our rural hamlets. This is a refreshing way to kick start your new year resolutions.

The Tudor Trail cycle route goes from Tonbridge to Penshurst Place. It is mostly off road and goes through the Penshurst Place estate and the beautiful Weald of Kent countryside. This particular route is named as one of VisitEngland’s Top 10 scenic cycle routes. Suitable for most abilities including supervised children, and whilst road bikes can be used do expect uneven ground.

Go to Cycling & cycle routes for further details. Just remember to wear your hi-vis clothing and lights.

If money is a bit tight we have some fantastic ideas for you on 10 Things To Do For Free and you might want to have a read of the inspirational Rainy Days article too!

Re-energise and nourish 

Discover the Garden of England and it’s abundance of quality produce. Get a hamper delivered to your door, shop at one of the markets or farm shops, there are many independent food stores and delicatessens to choose from right across the rural region.

Small Holding at Home home grown produce hamper, photo: Key and Quill

The Small Holding at Home Hamper, photo: Key & Quill

Taywell Farm Shop, Goudhurst

Taywell Farm Shop, Goudhurst

Fullers Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

Fullers Farm Shop, Tunbridge Wells

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The Folly Farm Shop, Sandhurst, Kent

The Folly Farm Shop, Sandhurst, Kent

So what are you waiting for? Cheers to enjoying the winter in Tunbridge Wells.

Please do take note of these important local restrictons.

External Links:
High Weald
Explore Kent
National Trust

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