Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

Waymarked Trail

Pembury Country Pond along the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

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Tunbridge Wells
Kent
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Waymarked Trail

Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk

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.

The circular walk starts and finishes wherever you like.  You could start at the Tourist Information Centre. To illustrate you could start at Southborough Common, passing through a number of picturesque villages in the Tunbridge Wells area including: the villages of Southborough, Pembury, Frant, Groombridge, and Speldhurst. The route is of interest for its natural history, archaeological, historical and architectural features.

Walk past vineyards planted in 1884, and saunter through orchards growing apples, pears, plums, cherries and more!

Notable attractions along the Tunbridge Wells Circular include:

All Saints’ Church, Tudeley

Tudeley Church is a fascinating building worth a visit along the circular walk. Dating back to the 11th century the ancient church is listed in the Domesday Book.  Some of the existing structure today was built during the 13th and 14th centuries; however, an extensive restoration occurred during the 18th century.

The stain glass windows also hold great significance, having been designed by the Franco-Russian artist Mark Chagall, who was described as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century" by the art critic Robert Hughes.

Site of Keyes Mill

In Snipe Wood lies the site of the Keyes Mill, a water mill that was painted by the globally acclaimed artist J.M.W Turner on two occasions in 1795 and 1796.

Harrison's Rocks

Now Harrison’s Rocks is a spot frequented by serious climbers as it is the largest of the cluster of local outcrops of southern sandstone. Harrison’s Rocks is also popular with sightseers and was visited by tourists throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Groombridge Place and Gardens

Groombridge Place and Gardens is another gem along the Circular Walk. The Manor House has a fascinating history, whilst the formal Gardens are beautiful to walk through; children will adore the enchanted forest making Groombridge Place the perfect stop for all the family. 

The George & Dragon

Nestled in the village of Speldhurst, The George & Dragon has been a public house for over 200 years. Dating from the 13th century it was a former coaching inn thought to have held the celebrations after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. This pub is a splendid place to take a break form your journey and have a refreshing pint or even some lunch!

Tunbridge Wells Common

The Common is a few minutes walk from the town centre and is famous for it's sandstone outcrops known as Wellington Rocks. It is a wonderful space to simply relax and watch the world go by after your journey, or you could finish your walk with a snack as the Tunbridge Wells Common is a fantastic picnic spot and play area.

Dunorlan Park

Dunorlan Park is a great stop along your walk receiving a steady stream of visitors thanks to its beauty and serenity.

The Park has historical significance being Grade II listed, as part of it was landscaped in the 1860s by distinguished Victorian gardener, Richard Marnock. Marnock was commisioned by Henry Reed, a millionaire who owned a grand mansion and 78 acres of garden that now make up the Park.

One of the best parks in the county, Dunorlan Park was a Gold medal winner in the South and South East in Bloom Competition for the fifth year running in 2016.

In addition to this the Park is also the proud owner of a Green Flag Award (since 2006) which means it is “a welcoming green space, healthy, safe and secure for all” and “managed in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable way.”.

Shorter circular walks

If you feel that the 27.5 miles is somewhat too strenuous, the big walk can be divided up into four shorter circular walks using fully waymarked link routes. Each footpath starts in the middle of the celebrated town within reach of local bus services and the railway station.

Distinctive areas of the enchanting Wealden landscape are highlighted by the trails which are: the Southborough Circular - 8.5miles, the Pembury Circular - 13m, the Sussex Circular  - 15m and the Speldhurst Circular - 10m.

Maps

Leaflets containing maps and directions for each of the shorter walks can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre or downloaded. The Circular Walk in its entirety can be viewed as a guideline map.

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