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Forest View

by Mike Bartlett

The Tunbridge Wells Commons

The Tunbridge Wells Commons are the great treasure of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Large green oases in the urban environment, free to visit and great natural playgrounds!

Tunbridge Wells Common

This Common, only a few minutes walk from Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre is famous for it's sandstone outcrops and used by residents and visitors for a variety of activitives.

It is a great place to simply relax and watch the world go by, the perfect picnic spot and play area.

It is a haven for wildlife, so look out for voles, grass snakes and slow worms or even a roe deer or two.

You can spot many species of birds and butterflies and the many ponds are home to a variety of amphibians.

Have fun clambering on the Wellington Rocks, overlooking the cricket ground or follow one of the walking trails over the heathland and then through the wooded areas of the Common.

The numerous paths on the Common, provide access to suit users of all abilities and requirements.

Explore the Common using the walking trails leaflet which can be downloaded from here.

Rusthall Commons

On Rusthall Commons, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, you will find many sandstone outcrops and interesting shaped rocks which were given names by the Victorians such as Toad Rock and Loaf Rock.

Stroll along the Toad Rock Trail or the Happy Valley Trail.

Be sure to download the trail leaflet

Find out more about this area on the Rusthall Village page.

Southborough Common

Documented from the 13th century, this is a lovely common and woodland area of 75 acres.

Take in the fresh country air and enjoy the old and young broadleaf trees on a ramble.

The views are so good Henry Moore had to paint them so come and see for yourself.

Afterwards find refreshment at one of the cafés or pubs in Southborough nearby.

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