Edenbridge walk with a pub at the end
PUBLISHED: 17:12 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:16 30 September 2016
This delightful walk takes you through meadows and into small wooded areas. It is a perfect walk to make the most of the changing seasons whilst taking in the peace and tranquillity of the countryside
Location: Edenbridge, TN8 6JA
Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km) Circular
Time: Allow 2 hours
OS Explorer Map: 147
Terrain: Field paths, short woodland sections
Public Transport: For public transport directions to Edenbridge from your home address, please visit kentconnected.org
Parking: Parking is available in Edenbridge town centre and train station
Refreshments & facilities: The Old Eden family run pub is located near to the start/finish of the walk
As you’re walking along the woodland footpaths you’ll see the gorgeous autumnal colours of the woodland – this is why this walk is so perfect at this time of year! But that’s not all, Edenbridge has an amazing history! Who knows what happened in the two fires at Broxham manor, but you can see the spot where the old manor stood (the new manor is opposite the moat!) If you like countryside with a pretty village and pub at the end, and you fancy a bit of autumn breeze this walk is definitely for you!
Starting in the Marlpit hill area of Edenbridge, near the Old Eden pub, this walk takes you out into the local countryside and returns using woodland footpaths through Broxham wood. There is also excellent opportunity to spot local wildlife – look out for the resident herd of deer as well as the possibility of some interesting varieties of fungus in the woodland! There is sure to be some amazing photo opportunities as you make your way around the walk!
More interesting history! - Edenbridge grew up at the Roman crossing point of one of the River Medway’s key tributaries, the River Eden, and is on the upper plain of the River Medway. The town, and its surrounding countryside, were once at the heart of the Wealden iron industry.
This walk comprises of well-marked tracks suitable for most abilities with several stiles and gates located along the walk. Don’t forget to wear strong footwear and dress for the weather!
Making your way around the walk
From Marlpit Hill, look out for Swan Lane. From Swan Lane follow the footpath signpost along concrete path past Marlpit Hill Allotments. Continue on through farm buildings towards a metal gate.
Go through the gate and then another gate immediately afterwards. Head for another metal gate at the end of the field. Go through the gate and bear right towards a bridge and stile.
Cross the stile and turn left to follow the edge of the field towards the stile in the far left corner. Cross this stile and follow the right hand edge of the field, heading for the white house ahead, to the stile at the end of the hedge line.
Cross the stile and then follow the path and then cross the squeeze stile in the fence. Continue along the path to the gate. Pass through the gate and continue to the road ahead. Turn right and head uphill on the road for 30 metres before turning right onto the footpath just past Coakham Lodge Farm. Take care while walking along the road.
Immediately after passing the bungalow, cross the stile on your left, then head for another stile in the bottom right hand corner of the field. Cross the stile and then continue ahead to metal, mesh gate.
Pass through the gate into field containing a deer herd. Keep the trees to your left and continue ahead until you reach a footbridge on the left. Cross the bridge and then continue to another metal, mesh gate ahead.
Pass through the gate, cross the bridge and stile. Continue ahead, along the edge of the wood, until you come to a footbridge on the left. Cross the bridge and follow the path through woods to another footbridge.
Cross the bridge and then turn left. Follow the hedge line to the bottom corner of the field and then turn right to follow the fence line to the gate.
Turn left through the gate and walk down a gravel drive. On your left you will pass a restored moat which marks the former site of Broxham Manor during the 13th Century. After passing the moat turn right up the drive and then turn left to cross the stile. Turn right to follow the fence line towards the stile and gate.
Cross the stile and bear left across the field to the gate ahead. Turn right after passing through the gate and head towards the gap in the hedge. Pass through the gap and continue straight across the field to enter a wooded area. Cross the footbridge to the gate.
Go through the gate and continue straight ahead, with the tree line to your left. Follow the path, bearing right towards the stile and footbridge you crossed earlier. Retrace your steps through the metal gate and across the field, passing through the two metal gates at the other end near the farm buildings.
Walk past the farm buildings towards the concrete path which will take you back past the Marlpit Hill allotments and then back into Swan lane where your walk began.
With its delightful collection of shops including a bookshop and chocolate shop, Edenbridge is a delight to explore before concluding your day with a delicious meal or drink at the family Old Eden pub.
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