Marsh Green circular walk, near Edenbridge - Kent
Fri Oct 14 00:00:00 BST 2011
- Start: Marsh Green, near Edenbridge, TN8 5QL
- End: Marsh Green, near Edenbridge, TN8 5QL
- Country: England
- County: Kent
- Type: Country
- Nearest pub: Public house in Marsh Green
- Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer 147
- Difficulty: Medium
Walking or cycling along Kent's countryside paths is the perfect way to explore the different landscapes and communities nestling among the fields...
Marsh Green circular walk
Winters on the way, but theres still plenty to enjoy
Walking or cycling along Kent's countryside paths is the perfect way to explore the different landscapes and communities nestling among the fields.
Even though the clocks have gone back and the days are shorter, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. The autumn colour and the sunsets at this time of year can be spectacular.
Location: Marsh Green, near Edenbridge, TN8 5QL
Distance: 3.8 miles (6.1km), allow 2 hours
OS Explorer Map: 147
Terrain: along private road / track, farmland, woodland and some gentle slopes
Step count: approx 7,600
Parking: Limited on road parking in Marsh Green village
Refreshments & facilities: Public house in Marsh Green
This walk, not far from the little market town of Edenbridge follows well-used bridleways and presents breathtaking views over the countryside, but it wont keep you outdoors for too long.
This walk has no stiles, juts one gate and is relatively short so is suitable for a range of abilities. However, please bear in mind that if you are walking in winter that the paths could be muddy in places so dress for the weather, including waterproof footwear.
The Wheatsheaf pub is your starting point; keep it on your right as you set off.
Dont miss the bridleway sign a little way further on your left, which takes you off the road and onto the 3.8 miles (6.1km) route, past fields, farms and through woodland.
Once you have passed Smoaky Cottage on the bridleway, keep an eye out to the left and the breathtaking views over the Kent fields.
Take a moment, take a breather, and let nature work it restorative magic. On this short walk theres plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds as the landscape slips towards winter, when it lies dormant and leafless.
This route takes about two hours leaving you plenty of time to turn this short hike into a day trip, and do something else. There is plenty nearby, much of it costing little or nothing.What else to do in November and DecemberTake a stroll around Edenbridge to see the many medieval timber-framed buildings. At the Eden Valley Museum, you can find out all about the countryside round and about and pick up a town map. The weekly market is on Thursdays and there is a farmers market selling local produce on the third Saturday of the month.
On Saturday 5 November the streets close for the annual bonfire night celebrations, which have been held in Edenbridge for centuries. The torch-lit procession sets off, a 30-foot celebrity guy is lit and the town reverberates with fireworks and flames all laid on by the local bonfire society.
Chiddingstone is a beautiful Tudor one-street village that should not be missed. It is full of half-timbered sides, gables and stone-hung red-tiled roofs. Owned by the National Trust you can visit at any time. At the end of the village sits Chiddingstone Castle, which is owned by the Denys Eyre Bower Trust. The grounds and gardens are open every day except Saturdays and there is a charge for parking.
With Christmas soon upon us, its time to think about stocking fillers! Although nearby Penshurst Place and Hever Castle close at the end of October, they both offer Christmas shopping and activities to enjoy in December. Visit their websites for details.Nature notesTheres still time to harvest the blue-skinned sloes from blackthorn bushes and make sloe gin. Recipes vary a little, but most agree that the bitter fruits are best after the first frost. Flavour is further improved by shaking the gin/sugar/sloe mix every day for at least a month before straining and bottling the brew. Its a seasonal treat!
As the weather gets colder all sorts of birds arrive here from Europe in the search for food, water and shelter. You can expect to see more starlings, siskins, bramblings, thrushes, robins, chaffinches and goldcrests. They may be just passing through or stopping by for the winter.
This is one of more than 60 circular walks from Explore Kent. Visit the website to download free guides to take with you or to join a guided walk for some company. www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent.