Length: 15.8km (9.8 miles) to 21km (13 miles) T=3.236 10
train from London Bridge
(10.22 East Croydon
) to Ashurst (Kent), arriving 10.57.
Buy a day return to Eridge
For walk directions
. For GPX
file click here.
For a map
I confess I had hoped to do the Tring Circular today with its best in class bluebells....but alas, engineering works rule it out utterly. So instead another walk supposed to have good bluebells (“one good wood late morning, three after lunch”), which has never yet had a bluebell season outing.
Bluebells apart, it is a fine Wealden walk, with the usual mix of hilly bits, views, fields and woods. The walk ends by passing the picturesque Harrison Rocks.
Lunch is at the George & Dragon
in Speldhurst after a 4.3 miles, a popular pub but one with a fairly large area of outside tables. Roughly three miles further on another option, reached by a short detour, is the Hare
in Langton Green, which serves food all afternoon.
For tea you have a choice. The main walk
) takes you to the Burrswood Tea Room
is a cafe in what was once a hospital but now seems to be more of a retreat centre: it can run out of cakes towards its closing time (which is 4.30pm) but it has outside tables with a lovely view of manicured lawns and grounds.
Or you can cut out Burrswood
and go straight to Groombridge
, reducing the walk to 18km/11.2 miles
. In that case either the Crown
or Junction Inn
(the former with nice outside tables on the village green) is your tea stop, or just possibly the Spa Valley Railway tea kiosk
on the platform of Groombridge station if you get there before the last train at 4.50pm.
Alternatively a shorter circular walk
(the 15.8km/9.8 mile
version) takes you from Burrswood to nearby Ashurst
station, from where trains go at 56
minutes past the hour (time it carefully as there is nothing much to do in the vicinity of Ashurst station).
Those not taking this shorter circular ending continue past Harrison Rocks to Eridge station, where the Huntsman
pub is your end of walk refreshment stop Trains back
from Eridge are at 50
past the hour.