Top 10 Family Friendly Walks near Tunbridge Wells
Continuing my list of family friendly walks near Tunbridge Wells....
6. Southborough Common
Not an obvious destination for a wander, but really convenient for residents on the northern edge of Tunbridge Wells. You can park in the Church car park, or on the road side on Victoria Road and if you delve further into and beyond the Common itself you can find various rights of way through the woods along Victoria Road and towards Southborough Cemetary (which is hidden a good distance behind St. Peter's Church).
You can find information and directions here.
7. Haysden Country Park
Just to the south west of Tonbridge, between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells lies Haysden Country Park. Around 160 acres of park and nature trails and very popular with dog walkers, there is a very buggy friendly circular path around the lake which is great for little bikes and scooters too. There are plenty of wooden jetties so feeding the ducks and swans is a must! Back next to the car park is a relatively recently refurbished cafe with outdoor seating and the winner is the playground which has had some real renovation in the 6 years that we've been visiting. There is a small charge for the car park.
Find out more here.
8. Knole Park
One of the areas great National Trust properties, Knole Park in Sevenoaks boasts over 1000 acres of park land. It offers fabulous picnic-ing opportunities and lovely walks. Knole is well known for it's herd of wild deer and you'd be unlucky not to have a close encounter with a bambi or two! If you don't have National Trust membership there is a small car park fee, but you can park outside the site and walk in via one of the many public pedestrian entrances located in Sevenoaks.
For everything you'd ever need to know about Knole click here.
9. Bedgbury Pinetum
My family and I have spent many, many a long winter and summer afternoon at Bedgbury. We LOVE it! Parking is £12 per car (no matter how many people you bring) and on offer you have bike trails, Go Ape, formal garden nature trails (often themed around a children's story book) and the piece de resistance, a 2km PLAY TRAIL suitable for pretty much all ages. There is a visitor centre with toilets and restaurant near the car park, and up towards the play trail there is a stall selling teas, coffees and snacks. If it rains there is plenty of tree cover, and during those (fleeting) boiling hot summer days, cool can be sought in the shade of the trees the Pinetum is famous for. An absolute must!
Directions and information is here.
10. Cinder Hills
Just on the edge of Matfield, this little known walk is a great find. With plenty of trees to climb and the odd wooden sculpture, it's quiet and - especially in autumn - really beautiful. It has a much shorter circular walk than some of the other places I've suggested here which is good for really little legs!
For directions and to find out more, click here.