Goudhurst Duck Pond

Goudhurst Duck Pond

by David Hodgkinson

Goudhurst

Goudhurst is a delight with its village high street tumbling down the steep hill from the church to the village pond. This winding hill played host (or is that havoc?!) to the Tour de France in 2007.

The village and, in particular the historic 14th century tower at St Mary's Church, commands wonderful views over the Kent countryside.

Take a moment to stop and drink this in, one of the highest points for some miles around. Even higher if you climb the Church tower (150m above sea level) where it is reported you can see 50 church spires almost to the coast!

Smuggling sagas

Goudhurst has a colourful history culminating in the defeat of the Hawkhurst Gang, a local group of smugglers, in a gun battle in 1747. 

Today Goudhurst is a pretty laid back village arranged round the duck pond. Ancient houses and cottages are higgledy-piggledy along the main road and down the side streets. Woe betide anyone who tries to race round the corners, the pace here is genteel!

Gastro village with a view

A handful of both country and gastro pubs, and a café/bakery offering freshly made sandwiches, cakes, pastries and drinks are welcome respite for touring legs. An antique store and clothing/gift shop are a browser’s delight.

The pubs can not only serve mouth-watering local food, wine and cider they can tuck you up for the night ready for your next day’s touring as well. 

The free village car park is behind the pond down Balcombes Hill which can be reached via the village crossroads.

Local produce is readily available to take on your journey from several purveyors. There is the Flimwell Smokery, the Taywell Farm Shop (for game from the Glassenbury Shoot), roadside fruit stalls selling local strawberries and cherries as well as the chocolatiers, Goupie which is available in nearby shops.

Picturesque pit-stop

Also, check out the bizarre fantasy garden of The Old Smithy near the duck pond. Lit up with colourful lights of an evening, what can you see?

Nearby, Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest makes for a fabulous day out in the heart of the rural countryside. 

Exciting adrenalin filled activities can be undertaken at Go-Ape in Bedgebury and at Bewl Water.

The Kalmora Day Spa can offer you rest and relaxation in a quiet corner just outside the village, with those restorative pastoral views over the Weald of Kent.

Really explore the area and stay awhile, check the accommodation pages for nearby hostelries.  Discover what else is nearby on our Things To Do and What’s On pages.

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  1. Add Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest to your Itinerary

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

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    Forest

    Goudhurst

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is a magnificent place for healthy outdoor activities.

  2. Kalmora Spa

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    Spa and Relaxation

    Goudhurst

    Spa and Salon treatments

  3. Burgess Stores

    Add Burgess Stores to your Itinerary

    Burgess Stores

    Cranbrook

    Local Produce & Products

  4. Weeks' Bakery & Tea Rooms

    Add Weeks' Bakery & Tea Rooms to your Itinerary

    Weeks' Bakery & Tea Rooms

    Cranbrook

    Food & Drink

  5. Risebridge Health & Sports Club

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    Risebridge Health & Sports Club

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    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Goudhurst

    A family run, independent health club set in the beautiful Weald of Kent countryside, just outside Goudhurst.

  6. Weeks Bakery & Tea Rooms

    Add Weeks Bakery & Tea Rooms to your Itinerary

    Weeks Bakery & Tea Rooms

    Goudhurst

    Bakery and tea room; serves cream teas.

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    Tea & Coffee Shops

  7. Hearts & Flowers Country Store

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    Hearts & Flowers Country Store

    Goudhurst, Cranbrook

    Gifts & Souvenirs

  8. Add The Peacock Inn to your Itinerary

    The Peacock Inn

    Cranbrook

    Pub / bar / inn

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    Pubs & Bars

  9. Add Green Cross Inn to your Itinerary

    Green Cross Inn

    Goudhurst

    Pub/Inn/bar serving fish & seafood

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    Fish & Seafood

  10. Sizzlers Butchers

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    Sizzlers Butchers

    Cranbrook

    Food & Drink

  11. Add Go Ape! Bedgebury to your Itinerary

    Go Ape! Bedgebury

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Goudhurst

    Go Ape is the UK's number one forest adventure

  12. Add The Goudhurst Inn to your Itinerary

    The Goudhurst Inn

    Goudhurst

    Pub / bar serving food

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    Pub/Inn

  13. Village Life

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    Village Life

    Goudhurst, Cranbrook

    Gifts & Souvenirs

  14. Viva Hair & Beauty

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    Viva Hair & Beauty

    Goudhurst, Cranbrook

    Health & Beauty

  15. The Small Holding Farm and Kitchen

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    The Small Holding Farm and Kitchen

    Goudhurst

    Country farm and restaurant with bar

    Type

    Restaurant

  16. Add The Vine to your Itinerary

    The Vine

    Goudhurst

    Pub/restaurant

    Type

    Pub/Inn

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