Try the Cycle trails at Bedgebury!

Try the Cycle trails at Bedgebury!

by David Hodgkinson

Cycling & Cycle Routes in Tunbridge Wells

Are you looking for a beautiful part of the country to ride your bicycle whilst on holiday?

From fast paced mountain biking to family friendly routes, Tunbridge Wells offers an abundance of natural beauty to enhance any bike ride.

In 2007, Tunbridge Wells Borough welcomed the Tour de France along its winding lanes with a particular challenge at Goudhurst!

Why not see if you can try it out yourself?!

Cycling is an exhilarating way to really explore the Garden of England and see the idyllic countryside in this area known as the Weald of Kent.

Cycle trails to triumph

The Avenue Verte cycle route skirts the area, however an official alternative is offered on the website which takes in Groombridge (the Spa Valley Railway too), High Rocks and the town all the way down to the Pantiles.

Explore Kent has a number of routes in Kent to discover; one locally is the Wealden Cycle Trail.

This trail takes the rider through rustic rural Kentish villages that could be lifted from a story book.

Come and admire the hops, gardens and orchards as well as the beamed, tiled and clapboard cottages.

Another fab cycle route is the circular starting from and ending in Royal Tunbridge Wells via Horsmonden - O the gorgeous villages you will see! Best country pubs on route too!

The Tudor Cycle Trail suggested on Explore Kent is a 6 mile family friendly ride from Tonbridge to Penshurst Place where a cup of tea and homemade pastry in glorious gardens await you.

It’s time to join the new class of go-getters, so get on your bike and escape the pack!

You can hire a bike from various attractions across the borough and beyond through the Country Bike App.

Muddy tracks to master

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest hires out bicycles of all sizes for the whole family.

There are tracks for family rides and mountain biking enthusiasts of all abilities.

Bewl Water is another great attraction for some off road family cycling round the 21km lake shore.

Cycling Events in Kent 

A few of the more recognised cycling events are the:

  • Grand Circuit of Kent (130km) which edges into the borough at Frittenden, Sissinghurst and Brenchley;
  • Wally Gimber Trophy which starts out in Bells Yew Green, only a hop, skip and a jump from Royal Tunbridge Wells;
  • Hole Park Sportive has a choice of 2 routes – 40k or 100k – through the gorgeous Wealden downs held on the first weekend of April.

Cycle Friendly Accommodation

Royal Tunbridge Wells is known as a perfect stop off for cyclists between London and those bound for the coast.

Why not freewheel into town, stop awhile and re-energise?

There is plenty to keep you here including cafés, country pubs and interesting things to do.

Check our accommodation list of bike friendly hotels and guest houses to browse our range for your weary bones!

If you need a bit of a push, you can always hire an electric bike

External Resources

Avenue Verte – the legendary London to Paris cycle route taking in some of the best of the countryside and villages on both sides of the English Channel.

Tunbridge Wells Circular via Horsmonden

Country Bike

Tunbridge Wells Bicycle Users Group - practical local knowledge on parking and routes

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  1. Add Spa Valley Railway to your Itinerary

    Spa Valley Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Spa Valley Railway takes you on a picturesque railway journey through through the beautiful Wealden countryside from Tunbridge Wells to High Rocks, Groombridge and Eridge

  2. Add Chalybeate Spring to your Itinerary

    Chalybeate Spring

    Type

    Spa

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Visitors came to see and be seen in fashionable Tunbridge Wells, but above all to 'take the waters'.

  3. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

    Type

    Waymarked Trail

    Tunbridge Wells

    The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk is a 27.5 mile (44.3km) route that explores the wide variety of fertile and beautiful countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the borders of Kent and East Sussex.

  4. Add Pashley Manor Gardens to your Itinerary

    Pashley Manor Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Ticehurst, Wadhurst

    At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas - the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening and an admiration of the tradition of the English country garden.

  5. Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl

    Type

    Bowling

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Bowl on one of the 24 lanes, have a drink from the bar, play at the American Pool Pit, dine out and experience the latest in arcade technology as well as Virtual Reality.

  6. Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Add Hawkhurst Fish Farm to your Itinerary

    Hawkhurst Fish Farm

    Type

    Fish Farm

    Hawkhurst

    Carp fishing for the family with a choice of 7 lakes, cafe and pottery.

  7. Add Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest to your Itinerary

    Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

    Type

    Forest

    Goudhurst

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

  8. Add Kino Cinema Hawkhurst to your Itinerary

    Kino Cinema Hawkhurst

    Type

    Cinema

    Hawkhurst

    Kino is the UK's first purely digital cinema with the full HD experience.

  9. Add Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest to your Itinerary

    Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest

    Type

    Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Groombridge Place near Tunbridge Wells offers a fun day out for all the family with award winning gardens, and the Enchanted Forest, with its giant tree swings and other exciting thrills to discover.

  10. Add Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

    Type

    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Salomons Estate – Kent’s undiscovered gem

    Constructed by Decimus Burton for Sir David Salomon, it was the first house in Britain to use domestic electricity.

  11. Add St. Mary's Church Goudhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Goudhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    The church on the hill above the village.

  12. Add Dunorlan Park to your Itinerary

    Dunorlan Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A glorious local awarding winning park and testament to the Victorian landscaping era. Boating lake and cafe.

  13. Add Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience to your Itinerary

    Temper Temper The Chocolate Experience

    Type

    Cookery School

    Tunbridge Wells

    Have a go at making your own delicious confections!

  14. Add The Forum to your Itinerary

    The Forum

    Type

    Event Venue

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    From spring water dispensary to nationally acclaimed live music venue in Royal Tunbridge Wells!

  15. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

  16. Add Sissinghurst Castle Garden to your Itinerary

    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

    Type

    Garden

    Cranbrook

    Famous, stunning gardens set in the remains of a large Elizabethan house amidst the unspoilt Weald countryside.

  17. Add St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

  18. Add Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

    Type

    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

    Purpose built centre provides sports hall, fitness studio, meeting rooms, outdoor tennis courts, football and rugby pitches.

  19. Add Grosvenor and Hilbert Park to your Itinerary

    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

    Type

    Parkland / Woodland Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Grosvenor and Hilbert is the town's oldest public park and still contains some original historic features, such as the lake and grottoes or 'dripping wells'. There is an exciting and challenging play area which is well worth a visit.

  20. Add Cranbrook Union Windmill to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Union Windmill

    Type

    Windmill

    Cranbrook

    The tallest surviving smock mill in the British Isles, measuring 72 feet to the top of the cap.

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