• Start: Horsmonden TN12 8HT
  • End: Horsmonden TN12 8HT
  • Country: England
  • County: Kent
  • Type: Country
  • Ordnance Survey: OS Explorer Map 136
  • Difficulty: Medium


Enjoy an afternoon amble through orchards and pastures, taking in some amazing views of the High Weald, Greensand Ridge, Teise and Medway Valleys


Walk of the month: step back in time with our Horsmonden walk


Enjoy an afternoon amble through orchards and pastures, taking in some amazing views of the High Weald, Greensand Ridge, Teise and Medway Valleys



Location: Horsmonden TN12 8HT

Distance: 5 miles (8 km), allow 2 hours 30 minutes

Stiles: 16

Gates: 4

OS Explorer Map: 136

Step count: approx 10,000

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

Parking: Limited on road parking is available on roads around the village. Please park with consideration.

Refreshments and facilities: there are shops and pubs in Horsmonden



The idyllic village of Horsmonden is our starting point for this five-mile (8km) circular walk in the Weald. This walk showcases important areas for fruit growing as well as the countryside that the Garden of England is renowned for.

Horsmonden was reputed to be the most important gun manufacturing site in Britain during the 17th century and the village sign consists of a variety of things that make the village reputable.

The cannon represents the great iron foundry that once supplied guns for the English and Dutch navies, for King Charles I’s army and also for Parliament during the English civil war. In 1613 200 men were employed in the foundry. The tree represents Horsmonden's great oaks and other local woods used for building, for gun carriages and for fuelling John Browne’s great blast furnace.

Agriculture was also significant in the village - particularly the production of hops for local breweries, so an oasthouse is included on the sign alongside the village church.

St Margaret's, the local church, stands 1.5 miles outside the village centre. It is an extremely well-preserved 14th-century medieval church and has connections with the author Jane Austen, as well as the early Pilgrim Fathers.

The village also boasts a fortnightly Farmers’ Market and a horse fair held every year in September.

Leaving the village, the route passes through the serene surroundings of orchards and field tracks, past sleepy farmsteads and cottages. After a short uphill challenge you will be rewarded with views of the High Weald. As you continue, make sure you pause and enjoy some of the wonderful vistas over the Greensand Ridge and the surrounding valleys.

As you may have noticed when you left the village, The Gun and Spitroast pub is ideally situated on route. Why not stop here and enjoy some well-earned refreshment? The pub is renowned for its spit roast meals and families are always welcomed. 

Wildlife watch

Butterflies are among some of our most colourful insects and can be found in good numbers during June, visiting our gardens and brightening up countryside walks such as this one.

If you can creep up and take a close look at a butterfly, you will see their eyes are huge, taking up much of the head, the tongue is like a coiled spring, perfectly designed for sipping up nectar from flowers, and two sensitive antennae come from the top of the head. These details can be lost against the colourful wings; delicate panes of dusty tissue, run through with delicate veins that make striking geometric patterns.

Bright orange with ragged wing edges, the comma is a distinctive butterfly that can be seen throughout the summer. Its name comes from a white comma-shaped marking that can be seen on the dark underside of its wings when resting.

Species such as the comma feed on dandelions and thistles. The caterpillars of comma butterflies appear during June too; these are mottled with black, white and orange to give the impression of a bird dropping, the best way to help avoid predation by birds!


What else to look out for in June


During June, further colour can be added to a countryside walk by looking for wildflowers; orchids can be seen on downland, while woodlands can still have a display of bluebells this month.



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