Around and about Tunbridge Wells (linear)

Sat 26th Nov 2016

Walk Details:

Event Details Updated
UPDATE 22/11/16: NOTE - Because of recent heavy rain the original route for the last part of the walk has become excessively muddy and hazardous. So it has been decided to terminate the walk at Tunbridge Wells rather than Frant (and approximately 1 mile shorter at 17.7 miles vs 18.5 originally planned). If you have already bought a ticket to Frant, it will also be valid to Tunbridge Wells and will not have cost significantly more.
Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Meet Tonbridge station (Charing Cross 08.30). Finish TUNBRIDGE WELLS (NOT Frant) station for train back to Charing X. Buy return to TUNBRIDGE WELLS (NOT Frant)

A reasonably flat walk starting out from Tonbridge Station then taking in the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells, through the villages of Southborough, Speldhurst, Langton Green, Groombridge, Bell Yew Green and Finally at our finishing point of TUNBRIDGE WELLS (NOT Frant) station

General Notes
Lunch will be in the Hare at Langton Green where they have a extensive menu for everyone to be catered for! As this is the end of November please bring a torch!

Entry Details:


Walk Report

Tonbridge to Tunbridge Wells, Saturday 26th November 2016
16 walkers, 17.5 miles - leader Dave Strachan
16 hardy walkers and one dog started out from a sunny Tonbridge station at 09.40 ten mins late due to waiting on a couple of late running trains.
The morning section took us out of Tonbridge crossing under the A21 into so lovely countryside, through the villages of Southborough, Speldhurst, Langton green before our lunch stop at the Crown Inn at Groomsbridge which is a pub (and food) well worth a visit if you are in that area.
After refuelling with a lovely sausage sandwich we set off on the second leg of the walk which was a little shorter than the first (10.7 miles in the morning and 6.8 in the afternoon), we did a loop around the lovely Groomsbridge Place and then followed the spa valley railway line from Groomsbridge into Tunbridge Wells arriving there around 16.35 allowing some of our walkers to catch the 16.40 train back to London.
I had to change the second part of the walk from Groomsbridge into Tunbridge Wells rather than Frant due to a really slippy and dangerous section through Eridge park but i think all were happy with the change as this gave them more choice of train back to London.
A good walk, good weather, good food and of course as usual with the LDWA walks ... good company!...
Photographs by Roderick Smith


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