5 miles (8km) approx. 10,000 steps. Allow 2.5 hours.
Refreshments and facilities: Horsmonden.
The quiet village of Horsmonden, surrounded by orchards and
thriving farms, was once an industrial centre for the Weald, with
its key industries including iron working and gun manufacture.
Horsmonden was reputed to be the most important gun
manufacturing site in Britain during the 17th century. But
agriculture was also key - particularly the production of hops for
local breweries. And it was nationally known for its annual horse
Today, the village is surrounded by orchards and well-worked
fields, offering classic garden of Kent countryside.
This walk showcases the best of this important fruit growing
area. It offers tremendous views over the High Weald, the Greensand
Ridge as well as the valleys of the rivers Teise and Medway.
St Margaret's Church stands 1.5 miles outside the village
centre. It is an extremely well-preserved 14th century medieval
church and has connections with the author Jane Austen, as well as
the early Pilgrim Fathers. Set high on the slopes, this is another
excellent place to enjoy spectacular views across the Weald.
How to get there
Postcode starting point: TN12 8HT.
By Car: From A21/A262 near Lamberhurst, take
B2162 towards Maidstone to Horsmonden. Can also be reached from the
A26 near Maidstone via Yalding.
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: 266 (Kilndown – Maidstone) 1 journey, Tue
296 (Tunbridge Wells – Paddock Wood) 2 or 3 journeys, Mon, Thur,
297 (Tenterden – Tunbridge Wells) 7 journeys,* Mon – Sat. 2
journeys, Sun. Traveline: 0871 200 22 33.
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