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Saturday, 5 September 2015

Saturday Third Walk – the Kentish Weald

Extra Walk 238 – Tunbridge Wells to Hildenborough
Length: 17.7 km (11 miles), with shorter options. Toughness: 2/10 (I'd have said 4/10)

10:03 Tunbridge Wells train from Cannon Street (London Bridge 10:07, New Cross 10:13, Orpington 10:26), arriving Tunbridge Wells at 10:57. Buy a day return to Tunbridge Wells.

Trains back from Hildenborough go to London Bridge and Cannon Street at 06 & 36 minutes past the hour.

This new walk was posted as a last-minute Sunday replacement for another Tunbridge Wells walk back in January. I don't think the weather was great and the group opted for a shorter ending in Tonbridge, so this will be the full walk's début. The start is essentially the same as the ending of Book 1 Walk 15 in reverse, after which it continues on a northerly route via Bidborough and Haysden Country Park to Hildenborough and its out-of-the-way station on the Sevenoaks-Tonbridge line.

Lunch is at a newly-renovated gastro-pub in Bidborough, the Kentish Hare, which you should reach before 1pm. Halfway through the afternoon you go through Haysden Country Park where you could switch to one of the shorter endings in Tonbridge or Leigh.

If you continue to Hildenborough be sure not to miss the suggested tea place: Café 1809 “one eight oh nine” was opened by Dame Kelly Holmes last year and looks very appealing. Note that the station is a mile out of the village, so unless you can run as fast as Ms Holmes you'd better allow 20-25 minutes to get there from the café.

You'll need to print the directions from the Extra Walk 238 page.

1 comment:

JohnL said...

We agree with walk poster this a a 4 out of 10. Some footpaths a bit overgrown as you climb out of Tunbridge Wells. The Kentish Hare is smart and modern but was welcoming and efficient, some ate in the bar area and others outside. The food is good and whilst you could spend £40 on a three course lunch there are some reasonably priced options in the menu. The blackberries were good in places and we enjoyed tea at Cafe 1809 including meeting Dame Kelly Holmes who dropped in just before we left. It is a great addition to Hildenborough with reasonable prices but don't leave too late on Saturday or all the best cakes will have gone.