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Named green squares with hill, path and treesTunbridge 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.


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Waymark: Named green squares with hill, path and trees
Named green squares with hill, path and trees
Challenging; Downland/Wolds
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TQ575427 - Southborough Common, Kent
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate for Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk (Kent High Weald Partnership)


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Route Profile:

43.6 Km (27.1 miles)
852 m (2,795 ft) ascent
179 m (587 ft)  maximum height