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Explore Kent with this Horsmonden walk

PUBLISHED: 16:26 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:26 26 June 2017

Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)

Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)

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Horsmonden is a pretty village set in the heart of rural Kent. Pass through orchards, flourishing crops, farm tracks and quaint country lanes

Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)

Location: Teynham, TN12 8HT

Distance: 5 miles (8.05 km) Circular

Time: Allow 2.5 hours

OS Explorer Maps: 136

Terrain: Fields and tracks with some on road sections. Some steep slopes

Public Transport: For public transport directions from your home address to Horsmonden please visit kentconnected.org

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.

Refreshments & facilities: Pubs and shops near to the start/finish of your walk

Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)

Horsmonden is a pretty village set in the heart of rural Kent. Pass through orchards, flourishing crops, farm tracks and quaint country lanes. You’ll feel a million miles away from civilisation, yet in the 1600’s this area was the most important gun making site in Britain closely followed by weaving and hop growing.

You’ll start out from the village green at the Gun and Spitroast pub, a traditional pub serving pub food favourites, roasts and real ales. Walking along the main road on the pavement you’ll go past the village shop a great opportunity to purchase some snacks for your walk!

Cross the road to take the footpath on your right. After passing through a kissing gate, the path soon opens out into an orchard which will be at the height of its summer glory at this time of year.

At the corner of the orchard, turn right to head along a grassy track. Continue ahead on the surfaced road. Notice how this area feels like a rural charm from long ago. Working farmland is all around you, just how it would have.

Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)Horsmonden (photo: Explore Kent)

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

Continue ahead over another stile to walk by the fence on the right hand side. Cross over the stile and head across the field towards another stile at the road. Look at the surrounding views of patchwork fields stretching out into the distance and watch the wind whistling through the crops, creating a magical sheen.

Cross over the stile and turn left. Continue along the road, past the entrance to Share Farm to take next footpath on the right. Share farm is an oast house – a firm reminder of the area’s rich hop growing heritage. The farm is located on the banks of the River Teise and was once the location of a fortified manor house. Look out for the earthwork that is visible from the path.

Continue onwards, crossing over the stile into a wooded area and follow path through the trees into a field. Keeping to your right continue ahead through this open field.

Go through the gap and continue ahead. Cross the bridge spanning the river Teise. Then follow the arrows along a grassy path. At the end of the fence line, follow the path to the right.

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

Enter into the woods and follow the path. Continue until you reach a gate. Cross over the stile and continue ahead until you come to a road. There are good views of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to your left. Cross the road into Gore Lane opposite and follow until you reach a junction. Turn right to walk along the road.

After passing Monks Cottage on your left, look for a footpath on the left. Follow the track to Finchurst Granary and turn right to take enclosed path between the wall and bushes. Upon reaching the end of the fence line, follow the path diagonally across the field, past the large pond on the right. Ponds like this would have provided water power for the iron works located here in the 1600’s.

Cross over the stile in the corner and keep to the right. Go through the gate to continue ahead to a junction with a track. Imagine the acres of hops that would have been grown here, the rich soil in this area gave way to plentiful hop vines, sitting nicely alongside pastures and orchards. You can almost imagine the clanging of the old ironworks in the valley as you walk along.

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

Bear left to cross over a brick bridge and bear right, crossing the stiles to follow the path up the hill. The views from the top will be well worth your climb! Follow the path ahead. Turn left at the top of the field and cross the stile in the corner. There are good views of the surrounding valleys and Greensand Ridge from here.

Cross the track, following the path to the left of the buildings. Follow the track round to the right until you reach the road. Turn left and walk a short distance until you see a signpost on the right. Cross the stile and follow the path between the fences. At the end of the fenced path, cross the stile into a field. Then head uphill towards some oak trees.

Cross the stile and footbridge and follow the arrow on the post heading along the path to corner of the field. Cross over the stile and continue along the path. Cross the track passing the phone mast on the left to follow the path between the tall trees. When you reach a large gate continue along the track past the school. A school has been on this site since 1969, but the history of Horsmonden School stretches back hundreds of years.

Upon reaching a road junction with the school on your 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 where you can end your walk with some well-earned refreshments.

If you love the Garden of England then you’re to have a great time on this pretty walk with the summer and early autumn being a great time to take in the changing season.

Explore more

To find out about other walks and events in Kent including our summer beach walks and Kent Downs AONB Outstanding Week, please visit the Explore Kent website www.explorekent.org. Follow @explorekent on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and share your adventures with us!

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