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 nearby 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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    Pashley Manor Gardens

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    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.

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    Spa Valley Railway

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    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

  3. Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

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    Waymarked Trail

    Tunbridge Wells

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    Chalybeate Spring

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    Spa

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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

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    Hollywood Bowl

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    Bowling

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    St. Mary's Church Lamberhurst

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    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Goudhurst

    Spa and Salon treatments

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    Cranbrook

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Grosvenor and Hilbert Park

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    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Groombridge Place and The Enchanted Forest

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    Garden

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

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    Theatre

    Cranbrook

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    Goudhurst

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    Bewl Water

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    Lake / Reservoir

    Lamberhurst

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    Parish Church of King Charles The Martyr

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    Church / Chapel

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    The first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Stunning plasterwork ceiling by Sir Christopher Wren's Chief Plasterer.

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    Cranbrook Museum

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    Museum

    Cranbrook

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    Putlands Sports & Leisure Centre

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    Sports Ground

    Paddock Wood, Tonbridge

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    Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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    Garden

    Cranbrook

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    St Thomas a Becket Church, Capel

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    Capel

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