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.

In Penshurst, explore Penshurst Bike Park, an off-road cycling park with specially built jumps, downhill tracks and loads more for all the family.  Newly rebuilt and re-opened for 2018, this is very popular espcially the café, so go and try it out!

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.

Refresh and Retune

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 page to browse our range of hotels and bed and breakfasts 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

Penshurst Bike Park (formerly PORC)

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

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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'.

  4. 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

  5. Add Merriments Gardens Ltd to your Itinerary

    Merriments Gardens Ltd

    Type

    Garden

    Hurst Green

    The gardens at Merriments in the rolling Sussex countryside never fail to delight.

  6. Add St. Mary's Church Speldhurst to your Itinerary

    St. Mary's Church Speldhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Tunbridge Wells

    We welcome visitors to our beautiful church.

  7. 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.

  8. Add St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook to your Itinerary

    St. Dunstan's Church Cranbrook

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    Cathedral of the Weald.

  9. Add High Rocks to your Itinerary

    High Rocks

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Tunbridge Wells

    Acres of breathtaking sandstone rocks interlinked with bridges provide a scenic walk in a tranquil woodland setting.

  10. Add Scotney Castle to your Itinerary

    Scotney Castle

    Type

    Garden

    Lamberhurst

    Not one but two houses! Victorian country house and ruined 14th century moated castle set in one of England's most romantic 'picturesque' style gardens.

  11. 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.

  12. Add Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre

    Type

    Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Located in a converted Grade A listed church by the noted architect Decimus Burton, Trinity Theatre hosts a varied programme of art exhibitions, theatre, films, dance, opera and music productions.

  13. 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.

  14. Add Bowles Outdoor Centre to your Itinerary

    Bowles Outdoor Centre

    Type

    Adventure Park / Playground

    Eridge Green

    A day and residential outdoor centre with accommodation offering rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, canoeing and development courses and fun!

  15. Add Weald Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Weald Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Cranbrook

    High quality sporting facilities to include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness studio, exercise studio and creche.

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

    St. Mary's Church Goudhurst

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Cranbrook

    The church on the hill above the village.

  17. Add Assembly Hall Theatre to your Itinerary

    Assembly Hall Theatre

    Type

    Theatre

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The Assembly Hall Theatre is a 1,000 seat theatre offering an eclectic programme with everything from family shows to classical music.

  18. 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.

  19. Add Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure / Swimming Pool

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    A great local resource for those interested in health and fitness, with most facilities available on a pay and play basis.

  20. Add St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel to your Itinerary

    St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel

    Type

    Church / Chapel

    Capel

    Twelfth century church with wallpaintings of the same period - the most extensive in West Kent. They depict various biblical scenes including Cain and Abel and The Last Supper.

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