JANUARY SALE Subscribe for just £5 today CLICK HERE

Walk of the month: Weald of Kent

PUBLISHED: 07:57 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 07:57 29 November 2013

Cranbrook windmill

Cranbrook windmill

Archant

Take a winter wander from the capital of the Weald to the village of Sissinghurst

Location: Cranbrook (TN17 3DR)

Distance: 3 miles (4.8 km)

Time: Allow 2 hours

OS Explorer Map: 136

Gates: 8

Stiles: 0

Terrain: Field paths

Parking: Free parking is available opposite the Crown Pub on the High Street. Signposted by Co-op car park

Refreshments and facilities: Shops and pubs in Cranbrook

Public transport: For local bus and train services in Kent, contact Traveline 0870 6082608, www.traveline.org.uk

Wrap up warm and explore festive Cranbrook town, brimming with independent shops and cosy restaurants. Stride across this stunning landscape and on towards the beautiful gardens at Sissinghurst.

From the bustling streets of Cranbrook, overlooked by the historic mill, your route will take you from the welcoming White Horse Inn and past St Dunstan’s Church, the Cathedral of the Weald and a reminder of the area’s booming cloth industry of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Walking across the sports field and over the road, turn right to follow the High Weald Landscape Trail and continue across open fields, taking care along the road.

From the road you’ll soon reach the refreshing peace of rolling fields and tranquil woodland. From the enclosed woodland, continue across the fields and after a short climb, turn right and head towards the village of Sissinghurst and the grand Sissinghurst castle.

Along your way to the village, look out for striking views across the landscape. Vita Sackville West’s masterpiece lies ahead. Transformed by the legendary poet and writer in the 1930s, the National Trust conserved gardens are some of the most celebrated in the world.

Views across the fields, orchards and hop gardens stretch out ahead as you make your way across the fields from Sissinghurst. As Cranbrook’s textiles industry started to dwindle, so the agricultural industry flourished, moving away from the town’s heritage to become a market town.

Crossing through the woodland, the Great Swifts Estate lies on your right. This grand manor has seen owners such as the Cranbrook Hatter, Robert Tooth and has entertained the likes of Anthony Eden and the Free Polish General Sikorski. The cottage in the grounds was even host to Elizabeth Taylor as a child.

Cross over the fields and head back towards the church and the town of Cranbrook. Delve through the many independent shops or wander through the Saturday morning farmer’s market. After your rewarding walk, you may prefer to just relax and warm up in one of the many cafés and restaurants.

FIND OUT MORE

To find out about other walks in Kent or for information on cycling, riding and country parks in Kent, visit www.kent.gov.uk/explorekent. Follow @explorekent on Twitter.

More from Out & About

Regularly voted one of Kent's best places to live, and with easy access to London, let's celebrate Sevenoaks

Read more
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The elusive snowdrop can be hard to find and before you know it, they're gone again, so we saved you the trouble and found some beautiful spots in Kent to go for a walk among the snowdrops

Read more

Want to get fitter, feed your brain or start a new hobby? The National Trust can help kickstart your 2020 plans

Read more

The run-up to Christmas can be stressful, so escape for a while by spending time reconnecting with nature

Read more
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Farmer Sandra Fagg adores Christmas and now she and husband Mike run their own reindeer centre and grotto

Read more
Friday, December 6, 2019

Counteract all that festive over-indulgence with a winter walk through National Trust-owned Kentish countryside

Read more
Friday, December 6, 2019

The swashbuckling panto opens this month to Dartford's Orchard Theatre and is sure to keep the whole family laughing

Read more
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Nothing beats a festive carol concert to get music lovers in the festive spirit - so we've picked some great ones to try

Read more
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Santa will be making pitstops all over Kent - make sure you don't miss him with these grottos or train rides!

Read more
Monday, November 18, 2019

The Westerham Walk travels closely with the famous Greensand Way trail, taking you through superb woods and hidden valleys, to Churchill's house at Chartwell and striking views out to the Weald of Kent

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search

Most Read

Latest from the Kent Life