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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  5 miles (8km) approx. 10,000 steps
Allow 2.5 hours

About the walk:
Horsmonden was the centre for three main trades of the Weald -... more »

Tips:  Distance: 5 miles (8km) Allow 2.5 hours
Start/Finish: Horsmonden Village Green (The Heath)
Stiles: 16
Gates: 3
Terrain: Fields and... more »

How to get there:

By Car: From A21/A262 near Lamberhurst, take B2162 towards Maidstone to Horsmonden. Can also be reached from the A26 near Maidstone via Yalding.
Postcode: TN12 8HT
Parking: Limited on road parking is available on roads around the village. Please park with consideration and note that the pub car park is for patrons only.
Bus: 296 (Tunbridge Wells-Paddock Wood) 2 journeys, Mon, Thurs, Sat. 297 (Benenden-Tunbridge Wells) 2 hourly, Mon-Sat
Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.

Please note that route shown may not accurately follow public rights of way and waymarking on ground should be followed at all times.

Walk provided by Explore Kent
Explore Kent is a Kent County Council Initiative

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Points of Interest

1. Point 1

Starting from the village green with the Gun and Spitroast pub on your right, walk along the main road on the pavement, past parish map, bus stop and village shop.

2. Point 2

Cross road to join footpath signposted on the right. After passing through a kissing gate the enclosed path soon opens out in to an orchard. Continue ahead, keeping to the right hand boundary.

3. Point 3

At the corner of the orchard, turn right to head along a grassy track, past houses on right. When you reach a surfaced road, continue ahead.

4. Point 4

At junction, turn left to take surfaced track past Lewes Heath house. When you reach a driveway on the right, take the arrowed path to the right of the main track next to a gate. Follow enclosed path, crossing stile into a field.

5. Point 5

Continue ahead over another stile to walk by fence on the right hand side. Cross over stile and head across field towards another stile at the road.

6. Poin6

Beware of traffic. Cross over stile into the road and turn left. Continue along the road, past the entrance to Share Farm to take next footpath on the right. Cross over stile into wooded area and follow path through trees into a field. Keeping to right hand boundary, continue ahead.

7. Point 7

Cross both stiles. Keeping to the right of the trees ahead, cross lawn to another stile at the fence. After crossing the stile turn left down track towards houses and head towards gates.

8. Point 8

Go through gap and continue ahead. Cross bridge spanning the river Teise. Follow arrows along fenced grassy path. At the end of fenceline,follow the path bearing to the right.

9. Point 9

Bear left at arrow post to follow path across a field and passing through a gap, bear right to head towards the woods ahead.

10. Point 10

Enter into wooded area and follow path. Pass pond
on left-hand side travelling uphill until you reach a gate. Cross over stile to right and continue ahead until you come to a main road. There are good views of the High Weald to your left at the gate.

11. Point 11

Beware of traffic. Cross the road into Gore Lane opposite and follow until you reach the junction with the main road again. Turn right to walk along the road, again. Beware of traffic.

12. Point 12

Beware of traffic. After passing Monks Cottage on your left, look for a footpath signpost on the left. Follow track to Finchurst Granary and turn right to take enclosed grassy path between wall and bushes.

Upon reaching the end of the fenceline, follow path diagonally across field, past large pond on the right.

13. Point 13

Cross over stile in corner of field and keep to right hand boundary. Go through gate to continue ahead to a junction with a track.

14. Point 14

Turn left and walk along track for approx. 50 metres until it bends round to the left, do not follow track but turn right to head towards concrete bridge. Cross this and continue ahead towards a gate.

15. Point 15

Bear left to cross over a brick bridge and bear right, crossing stiles of enclosed part of the field to follow path up the hill - a fairly steep but long climb(observe sign posts where shown).

16. Point 16

Follow path ahead. Turn left at the top of the field, following boundary and through gap in corner.

There are good views of the surrounding valleys
and Greensand Ridge from here.

17. Point 17

Reaching a track, cross over, following path to the left of buildings in front of you. Follow track round to right and pass farm buildings and cottages before you reach the road.

18. Point 18

Turn left and walk a short distance until you see a signpost on the right. Cross stile and follow path between fences. At the end of fenced path, cross stile into a field. Head uphill towards oak trees.

19. Point 19

Cross stile and footbridge (through narrow gap)and observe arrow on post to follow path to corner of field (heading towards mobile phonemast). Cross over stile and continue along enclosed path.

20. Point 20

Cross track passing phone mast on the left to follow path between tall trees. When you reach a large gate, use the kissing gate on the right to continue along track past houses and school.

21. Point 21

Upon reaching a road junction with a school on you’re left, continue ahead along Back Lane until you reach the main road. Turn right to retrace your steps back to your starting point near the pub.

23. Explore Kent

24. Greensand Ridge