Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk
44 km / 27 miles
E Sussex, Kent
Formerly named the High Weald Walk, this route explores the variety of countryside around Royal Tunbridge Wells on the borders of Kent and East Sussex and is within the High Weald AONB. It passes through a rolling landscape of ridges and valleys with a patchwork of small fields, hedges and broadleaved woodland. On the route are Groombridge Place, High Rocks, Eridge Rocks and Harrison's Rocks, all sandstone outcrops popular with climbers, and Eridge Park, a remarkably unpopulated area for south east England.
In addition to the long distance path there are four marked linked routes from the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells enabling shorter options. On older editions of OS maps the route is shown as the High Weald Walk. Parts of the route coincide with the Wealdway and High Weald Landscape Trail and at Groombridge the Sussex Border Path can easily be linked.
Using the marked linked routes and the stations at Southborough (High Brooms), Tunbridge Wells, Frant and Eridge, shorter circular and linear walking options are possible.
The route's origins go back to 1989 when Mike Smith, a long standing member of Kent LDWA Group, was asked by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to organise a 25-mile circular walk around the town as part of the Centenary of the Granting of the Borough Charter. This event took place anually in 1989-1991. Sadly Mike died shortly after this. The original Kent County Council guidebook was dedicated to his memory.
|Path Type:||Paths Marked on OS mapping|
|Waymark:||Named green squares with hill, path and trees|
|Start and Finish:||
TQ575427 - Southborough Common, Kent
|Web Sites:||Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk (Kent County Council)|
|Kent High Weald Project - 'Linking community & countryside'|
Publications, Badges and Certificates:
|Guidebook:||Along and Around the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk (Kent County Council - 2002)|
|Badge & Certificate:||Badge & Certificate for Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk (Kent High Weald Project)|
|Certificate:||Certificate (Kent County Council - 2010)|
|Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):|
|OS Explorer:||135, 136, 147|
|OS Explorer Active:||135, 136, 147|
|Paths Marked on OS mapping:||Forest Way (Sussex); High Weald Landscape Trail; Sussex Border Path; Wealdway|
|Other Paths:||Walking the Castles of Sussex|
|GPS Exchange Format Route File:||Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk GPX Exchange Format Route File||Login to Download
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|43.6 Km (27.1 miles)
852 m (2,795 ft) ascent
179 m (587 ft) maximum height