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Edenbridge Town to Hever or Cowden walk

A gentle stroll on the Kent/Surrey border, incorporating the first part of the Eden Valley Walk

Edenbridge Town to Hever or Cowden
Length

Main Walk, to Cowden: 16¾ km (10.4 miles). Three hours 55 minutes walking time. For the whole excursion including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 hours.

Short Walk, to Hever: 12¼ km (7.6 miles). Two hours 45 minutes walking time.

Figure-of-8 Walk, around Edenbridge: 14 km (8.7 miles). Three hours 10 minutes walking time.

OS Map

Explorer 147. Edenbridge Town, map reference TQ445466, is in Kent, 8 km SE of Oxted.

Toughness

3 out of 10 (1 for the shorter walks).

Features

This fairly easy walk in the Eden Valley is centered around the small town of Edenbridge, near the Kent/Surrey border. A settlement developed here at a river crossing on the London–Lewes Roman road, still evident in the town's long straight High Street. In the 12thC an abbot called Eadhelm ordered a bridge to be built over the river and the Anglo-Saxon “Eadhelmsbrigge” gave its name to the River Eden as well as evolving into the modern town name. There are still many medieval buildings on the town's High Street, one of which houses the Eden Valley Museum (free entry; limited opening hours).

The walk starts with a loop to the west of the town, through water meadows surrounding the river and two of its tributaries, Kent Brook and Eden Brook. The route turns back towards Edenbridge at Cernes Farm, a remote spot which is the unlikely starting point of the Eden Valley Walk (EVW). The central part of the walk is along the first part of this waymarked trail, back to a lunch stop in Edenbridge and then through meadows and farmland to Hever station. The full walk ends with a contrasting section over a low wooded hill to the next station on this line, with views of Ashdown Forest as you descend towards Cowden.

Parts of the route around Hever and Cowden have been taken from other SWC walks. The approach to Hever station is the start of the Hever to Ashurst walk (#175) in the reverse direction, and the final 3½ km is the same ending as the Cowden Circular walk (#78a).

Flooding

Edenbridge is prone to severe flooding and markers showing the height of the flood waters in 1958 and 1968 can be found around the town. Better flood defences have since been built but this walk will be problematic after prolonged rain, and might be muddy at any time. The river level at Edenbridge can be checked on this Flood Information Service page.

Walk Options

As the walk route goes past Hever station in mid-afternoon you can save 4½ km by finishing the walk there, although there are no convenient refreshment places at the end of this Short Walk (see Tea below).

Another option for a shorter walk is to break away from the EVW after Edenbridge and return to the town. Two possible routes for a Figure-of-8 Walk are described, with the slightly longer loop making a pleasingly symmetrical walk.

The Hever to Tonbridge walk (#345) describes the continuation of the Eden Valley Walk through Hever village, Chiddingstone and Penshurst to Tonbridge. For a longer walk, therefore, you could switch to the directions in this walk's companion at Hever station.

Transport

There are two stations in Edenbridge, on different lines. The station called Edenbridge is on the Redhill–Tonbridge branch line (with no direct services from London) and is in the ‘wrong’ part of town for this walk. Edenbridge Town is on the Oxted–Uckfield line, with an hourly off-peak service from London Bridge taking about 40 minutes (longer on Sundays, when you have to change at East Croydon and/or Oxted). Hever and Cowden are the next two stations on this line. Buy a return to whichever station you plan to return from.

If you finish in Edenbridge your ticket is also valid for travel back via Redhill from the town's other station, so you could do this if there were problems on the Uckfield line.

Edenbridge is well served by buses – nine routes call at Edenbridge Town station – but the nature of this walk means that it will nearly always be quicker to head for the nearest station if you want to abandon it.

If driving, there is a free car park in Edenbridge near the church; the station car park at Edenbridge Town is also free at weekends but costs £3.60 Mon–Fri (2020). There is a small free car park “for Railway users only” at Cowden, and a large privately-owned parking area at Hever which costs £2.50 at all times.

Suggested Train

Take the train nearest to 10:00 from London Bridge to Edenbridge Town (the train an hour later would be fine for the shorter walks).

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Lunch

Edenbridge has several pubs in historic buildings on its long straight High Street, to which the western loop returns after around 7½ km. The suggested lunch stop is The Old Eden (01732-862398; food served from 12:30-2:30pm Mon–Sat, to 4pm Sun) at #121, near the roundabout with the town's bypass. It consists of several 16thC cottages knocked together and has an attractive beer garden at the rear. There are benches nearby on both sides of the river which would make good picnic spots.

Other pubs on the main part of the High Street near the church are the King & Queen (01732-864479) at #81 and Ye Old Crown Inn (01732-867896) at #74-76, although the latter is now more of a b&b and might only be serving breakfast, not lunch or dinner.

Tea

The only convenient tea place on the Main Walk is in Markbeech, where the Kentish Horse (01342-850493) pub is open all day and has a garden. It is 1¾ km before the end of the walk, so allow at least 25 minutes to reach Cowden station.

There are no refreshment places on the approach to Hever station, so at the end of the Short Walk you would have to go past the station and return the same way. The Greyhound (01732-862221) is 1 km away and just off the onward route to Cowden, but this pub is usually closed in mid-afternoon. The nearest place which is likely to be open is the King HenryⅧ inn (01732-862457) in Hever village, 1½ km away on the onward route of the EVW (in Walk #345).

The tea options are more convenient on the Figure-of-8 Walk. There are two coffee shops on Edenbridge High Street, as well as the lunch pubs listed above and several fast food places. If you are not in time for The Minstrel at #86 (01732-863100; open to 4pm Tue–Sat, 3pm Mon, closed Sun), there is a branch of Costa Coffee at #64 (01732-866883; open to 6pm Mon–Sat, 5pm Sun) with longer opening hours.

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Edenbridge Town to Hever or Cowden

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  1. Main Walk, to Cowden (16¾ km)
  1. Short Walk, to Hever (12¼ km)
  2. Figure-of-8 Walk, around Edenbridge (14 km)
  3. Figure-of-8 Walk, with short cut (12½ km)

Walk Directions

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  1. Edenbridge Town Station to Kent Brook (1½ km)
    • Go out along Station Approach and turn left onto Edenbridge High Street. Follow this long straight road through the town to the bridge across the River Eden. Turn right onto a short riverside path, cross the town's bypass and take any route through the water meadows on the left to the south-eastern corner of the town's large recreation ground. In the corner of these playing fields go up to a footbridge across Kent Brook.
    1. Arriving from London, go through the tunnel near the London end of the platform to leave from the other side. Go all the way along Station Approach and turn left at the end onto the High Street. Follow this long straight road through the town to the river (with the opportunity to check out most of the town's lunch and tea places along the way).
    2. In 300m you pass Costa Coffee on the right, followed by the Eden Valley Museum? and Ye Old Crown Inn?. At the junction with Church Street the King & Queen pub is on the left, opposite The Minstrel coffee shop. After some fast food shops you finally reach the road bridge across the River Eden?. Do not cross the river but turn right onto a path which goes down to a seating area in front of the Stone Bridge?.
    3. Follow the path alongside the river and up to the town's bypass, Mont St Aignan Way?. Cross the road carefully via the traffic island and turn left onto the tarmac path opposite, taking you back towards the river. Bear left by an information panel about the Water Meadows? and go down a slope into this area.

      If the meadows are inundated you could skirt around them on the recreation ground off to the right, but in that case there is likely to be more flooding in the low-lying area further up the valley, making the entire walk impracticable.

    4. In the meadows take the broad grassy path alongside the river (the right-hand path is an alternative, but is the suggested return route). As it approaches a weir the riverside path swings right. Unless you want to detour through the southern part of the meadows, ignore paths off to the left and follow the main path as it heads SW across a semi-open area.
    5. The path eventually goes through a belt of trees into the south-eastern corner of the town's large recreation ground. Bear left and go up to a wooden footbridge in the treeline 50m away, where Kent Brook? flows into the River Eden.
  2. Kent Brook to East Haxted (1¾ km)
    • Cross Kent Brook and immediately turn right onto a footpath going alongside it, heading west. Follow this path all the way to a footpath T-junction south of East Haxted Farm, joining the Vanguard Way (VGW) along the way.
    1. Cross the brook and turn right on the other side (the path ahead is the return route). Follow the path along the edge of a copse for 250m, heading W parallel to the brook (hidden in the trees on your right). After the path emerges into open countryside keep ahead alongside the tree-lined brook.
    2. In 500m keep left at a footpath junction, merging with the recently-rerouted Vanguard Way? (VGW) from across the brook. In a further 150m the path goes through a narrow gap in a hedge with a rusty iron framework and a warning notice that “Footpath Crosses Taxiway / Airstrip” (so look out for light aircraft coming in to land at all times in this large area).
    3. Walk along a broad grassy strip for 50m and then turn right onto another strip going gently uphill.
      • For a short cut you could keep ahead at this junction. This level strip turns half-left after 200m and meets the return route in a further 500m or so. This is not a right of way but local dog-walkers seem to treat this area as Open Access land. If you take this short cut (saving 2 km), turn left to rejoin the main route and resume the directions at [?] in §D.
    4. For the main route head W along the grassy strip for 450m, up to a line of trees with a prominent yellow notice about aircraft movement next to a footpath signpost. Turn left here to go gently downhill along the tree-lined field edge, heading S.
    5. At the end of the trees follow the path round to the right past a waymarker post to continue along the right-hand edge of another field, heading W again. In 250m you come to a T-junction with a grassy farm track.
  3. East Haxted to Cernes Farm (1 km)
    • Turn left (staying on the VGW) and follow the footpath heading south across the River Eden and Eden Brook to Cernes Farm.
    1. Turn left at the T-junction, heading S underneath power lines (which you can use as a guide for this section). Almost immediately bear left onto a narrow path between high hedges, where the farm track swings right into another field. This potentially overgrown path gradually becomes a little easier and in 250m emerges into a meadow.
    2. Keep ahead on a faint grassy path, heading for a footbridge with metal handrails 150m away. The footpath takes you across two such bridges in quick succession, the first over the River Eden again and the second over Eden Brook? (they merge just off to the left).
    3. Carry on in the same direction across another meadow. On the far side go over a stile and across a plank footbridge into a field. Continue in much the same direction, gradually approaching the left-hand side of this long narrow field. Go through a wide gap in the trees on the far side and continue near the left-hand edge of the next field.
    4. Go through a gap in the next line of trees and then a small metal gate to continue in the same direction, with Cernes Farm on the left. After passing the farm buildings veer left at a three-way footpath signpost. Go through a metal kissing gate and up to another three-way signpost by a farm track, where you leave the VGW (which turns right).
  4. Cernes Farm to Kent Brook (2¼ km)
    • Leave the VGW and follow the Eden Valley Walk (EVW) from its starting point here, heading north-east across meadows and through Gabriel's Fishery. Continue along the riverbank and back across Kent Brook into the recreation ground.
    1. Although there is nothing here to indicate it, this signpost is the starting point of the Eden Valley Walk? (EVW). Go straight across the farm track and continue along the left-hand edge of a field (with no clear path) to the next corner. Go over a stile in the hedge and bear left, following a faint grassy path heading NE across a large field. On the far side go over a stile beside a wooden fieldgate into Gabriel's Fishery?.
    2. Follow a broad track through this area of woodland and lakes. In 300m go though a wooden gate and keep ahead across a field used by campers, leaving the main track which veers right into a parking area. On the far side cross the River Eden again on a narrow concrete footbridge, emerging into another part of the airstrip. To stay on the published route of the EVW turn right onto a grassy path near the river.

      The EVW follows a loop of the river as it curves round to the left, so after crossing the footbridge it is tempting to keep ahead on a grassy path slanting across the main airstrip. However, this direct route is clearly inadvisable if there are light aircraft around which might be landing.

    3. For the main route, simply follow the path near the river as it curves round to the left. Along the way you pass the end of a long taxiway stretching off to the left, from which you would turn left if you had taken the short cut mentioned in §B.
    4. The main route eventually crosses the main airstrip near a WWⅡ pillbox and rejoins the direct route at a narrow gap in a hedge with another yellow warning notice about aircraft movement. Make your way past a rusty iron framework to leave the airfield and follow a clear grassy path ahead, staying close to a tree-lined stream on your right.
    5. In 300m the path goes through a copse containing the remains of an overgrown moat, Devil's Den? on the OS map. The main river is now on your right and you simply follow the riverside path for a further 500m, curving round to the left. After going through a lightly wooded area you meet your outward route at the wooden footbridge over Kent Brook. Go across this into the corner of the recreation ground.
  5. Kent Brook to Church Street (1 • 1¾ km)
    • Edenbridge For the main route, go back through the water meadows (there are different routes you can take) and turn right onto the town's bypass. At the roundabout turn left to go up the High Street to its junction with Church Street.
      • To stay on the published EVW, go up the right-hand side of the recreation ground and leave by its car park. Follow Coomb Field and Lingfield Road to the High Street and turn right to reach its junction with Church Street.

      If you want to stay on the Eden Valley Walk as published, its route is described in [?]. However, the water meadows were not accessible when the EVW was devised in the 1980s and the main route takes a more pleasant course back through this area (and past all the possible refreshment places, whereas you would have to take a detour from the EVW to visit the suggested lunch pub).

    1. Main route (1 km)

      1. Edenbridge Start by briefly retracing your outward route, along the right-hand side of the recreation ground for 50m and then through a gap in the trees into the water meadows. For a different route back fork right at the first path junction, soon going through a line of trees.
      2. Unless you want to detour further into the southern part of the meadows, keep left and stay on the main grassy path as it gradually curves round to the left. In 200m keep ahead at a main crosspaths (crossing over the suggested outward route in §A, which started along the riverside path) and continue through a lightly wooded area.
      3. In a further 300m the path merges with the riverside path in front of the modern road bridge. Veer left up the slope and continue along a short path to the town's bypass.
      4. Cross the main road carefully and turn right along the pavement, with a fine view of the Stone Bridge as you cross the tree-lined river. Continue across the small patch of grass towards the town sign, passing another information panel about the water meadows. On the far side The Old Eden is just past the roundabout on the right.
      5. To continue the walk, retrace your outward route in §A across the Stone Bridge to the junction with Church Street. The King & Queen pub is just before this junction (opposite The Minstrel coffee shop), and Ye Old Crown Inn just beyond it.
    2. The EVW route (1 • 1¾ km)

      1. Go all the way along the right-hand side of the recreation ground, towards a curious iron structure? on the low embankment on the far side. Unless you want to visit the suggested lunch pub via the detour below, turn left here (away from the town centre).
      2. Detour to The Old Eden (+¾ km)

        1. Climb the embankment and bear right onto a path running along its top. In front of the modern road bridge follow the path round to the left to the town's bypass.
        2. After visiting the pub you could simply go up the High Street to its junction with Church Street, but to return to the EVW retrace your steps along the embankment and carry on past the iron structure.
      3. Head for a waymarker post by the recreation ground's car park, 100m away. Turn right as indicated and go all the way along a residential street (Coomb Field), then turn right onto Lingfield Road. In 200m go straight across the town's bypass at the traffic lights.
      4. At the end of a short street turn right onto the High Street, briefly repeating part of your outward route in §A as far as the junction with Church Street. You soon pass Ye Old Crown Inn, with the King & Queen pub (opposite The Minstrel coffee shop) just beyond the junction.
  6. Church Street to Skinners Farm (¾ km)
    • Go through the churchyard, along Churchfield and across Forge Croft onto a lane over the Oxted–Uckfield railway line. Go through a belt of trees and head north-east along the left-hand edge of a field.
    1. From the road junction head E briefly along Church Street, towards the church. Go through its lychgate into the churchyard of Ss Peter and Paul?, which is worth visiting. Its entrance is on the south side but the walk route is the tarmac path past the church tower and along an avenue of lime trees on the other side. Follow the path along the north side of the churchyard to the far end.
    2. Leave the churchyard through a gate on the left and go along a short alleyway to the end of a cul-de-sac (Churchfield). Follow this out to a T-junction and bear right to cross over another residential street (Forge Croft). Go up an unsurfaced lane which curves round to the right onto a bridge over the Oxted–Uckfield railway line, with Edenbridge Town station visible off to the left.
    3. On the far side follow the lane down to the bottom of the slope. Go through a wooden kissing gate and veer right onto any of the short paths through a belt of trees into the corner of a field. Bear left to go along the field edge.
    4. If you are doing the full Figure-of-8 Walk, go to §L.

  7. Skinners Farm to Delaware Farm (1¾ km)
    • Turn right in the field corner and head east across several more fields. Follow the footpath up a small rise and then fork right onto a path slanting down the hillside. In the bottom field corner turn right onto a farm track leading down to the River Eden. Cross the river and follow a driveway past the cluster of houses at Delaware Farm.
    1. The EVW leaves this field in the opposite corner and there may be a faint grassy path heading directly towards it, but the right of way is to go along the left-hand field edge and then turn right at the waymarker post in the first corner. In the far corner go over a stile by a large oak tree and continue along the left-hand edge of another field.
    2. At the end cross a ditch on a footbridge and keep ahead across the next field, with farm buildings away to your left and a meander of the River Eden not far off to the right. On the far side cross another ditch, go through a gate in the hedge and bear slightly right to follow a faint grassy path climbing gently up the next field, passing to the right of a clump of trees concealing a pond.
    3. At the top go through a metal fieldgate and take the right-hand of two footpaths ahead, a clear path slanting downhill which gradually approaches a hedge along the bottom of the field. At the end of this hedge turn right onto a farm track.
    4. Follow the grassy track downhill, past a line of small trees on the right. At the bottom go through a metal kissing gate and cross the River Eden on a broad concrete bridge. Continue along a track (which soon becomes a surfaced driveway) with woodland on the left and tall garden hedges shielding the properties on the right.

      This location is shown as Delaware Farm on old OS maps, but the farm has long since been transformed into a cluster of private houses.

    5. At the end of the wood the drive bends right, then a little further on swings right and left past a large pond. Almost immediately after this zig-zag there is a new wooden waymarker post on the left of the drive, indicating a footpath junction.
    6. If you are doing the shorter Figure-of-8 Walk, go to §N.

  8. Delaware Farm to Lydens Barn (1¼ km)
    • Continue along the driveway to Hever Road. Cross the road onto the signposted footpath opposite, which turns right briefly and then leads into a field. Take the left-hand of two footpaths, slanting across the field and continuing under the railway line to Lydens Lane. Turn right and go along the lane for 300m to Lydens Barn.
    1. Ignore the footpath off to the right and follow the drive out to Hever Road. Cross the road carefully and turn right onto the signposted footpath, a narrow fenced path established to avoid 75m of awkward road walking. At the end go through a metal gate (opposite the original way in from the road) into a large field.
    2. The Oxted–Uckfield railway line is on a high embankment on the far side, and waymarkers indicate two footpaths across the field. Do not take the faint grassy path heading directly towards the embankment but turn half-left to head S across the field. There is no clear path but a neglected waymarker post leaning on the boundary fence 150m away indicates the right of way.
    3. On the far side turn left to go along the field edge. About 100m before the field corner turn right through a metal gate in the fence and follow a path under a high brick bridge carrying the railway line. This leads into a field and you turn half-left across it (again with no clear path), skirting a pond on your right along the way.
    4. On the far side make your way past a vehicle barrier and turn right onto a minor road (Lydens Lane), taking care as there is no pavement. Go along this quiet lane for 300m, passing the driveway to Oast Farm on the left, to reach a converted oast house.
  9. Lydens Barn to Hever Station (1 km)
    • Turn left and follow the footpath past the barn conversion and farm buildings into a field. Turn left along its edge and continue towards the right-hand end of a copse. Turn right and aim for a gate in the far corner. Go out onto a path passing Hever station.
      • If finishing here, double back on a short path sloping down to the station platform.
    1. At the Oast House turn left off the lane into the driveway to Lydens Barn (signposted as a public footpath) and keep to the left. In front of a garage block veer right as indicated by a footpath waymarker to go past the side of the large barn conversion, then turn left onto a gravel path.
    2. Leave the property through a small wooden gate. At the end of a short grassy path turn right onto a farm track, passing to the right of some outbuildings. Go through a new side gate to the left of a metal fieldgate and turn left along the edge of a field, with glimpses of a large pond behind the trees on your left. Go over a stile next to another fieldgate to continue along the edge of another large field.
    3. Your eventual exit is in its far right-hand corner, but at the end of the line of trees the right of way goes straight ahead towards the right-hand end of a copse, 150m away. An inconspicuous waymarker post there directs you to turn right and make for the field corner 200m away, gradually approaching the left-hand edge of the field (with the platforms of Hever station visible beyond it).
    4. In the corner go through a metal kissing gate onto a narrow path through some undergrowth. This soon comes to a path junction alongside a new chainlink fence, with the EVW continuing straight ahead.
    5. Finishing at Hever Station

      • Turn sharp left (almost doubling back) onto a path down the slope. This leads directly onto Platform 1, for trains to London.
  10. Hever Station to Markbeech (2¾ km)
    • For the full walk continue along the EVW to Hever Lane. Turn left onto the road, cross over the railway and turn right at a T-junction onto Chippens Lane. At the end turn right onto Uckfield Lane, then in 100m bear right onto a footpath which goes under the railway and heads south through Oak Wood to Bramsell's Farm. Turn left onto Cowden Pound Road to reach Markbeech.
    1. For the full walk keep ahead on the path and its continuation along a driveway, going through a wooden fieldgate along the way. At the end turn left onto a minor road (Hever Lane) and go over the railway bridge to a T-junction.
    2. Turn right onto Chippens Lane (leaving the EVW) and go along this quiet lane for 400m. At the end turn right and go along a slightly busier road (Uckfield Lane) for 100m, then bear right onto a signposted footpath.
      • Alternatively you could carry on along Uckfield Lane for a further 125m to the Greyhound pub, but it is usually closed in mid-afternoon. If you do this, return the same way and turn sharp left onto the footpath.
    3. In 350m the footpath goes under a high brick railway bridge and swings left on the other side. Follow it through Oak Wood for 800m, climbing steadily and heading S.
    4. After going alongside a more open area on the left for about 125m, and where the main path veers down to the right, fork left onto a narrow path with a handwritten “Footpath” sign. This path goes past paddocks and later alongside the grounds of a house before reaching a road.
    5. Turn left and go along the road into Markbeech (or Mark Beech, according to the road sign). Just before you pass the church there is a signposted footpath on the right, to the left of a broad track.
      • If you are not visiting the village pub (the last refreshment place before Cowden station) you can take this narrow footpath between fences into the churchyard and head for a metal gate in the hedge on the right. If you take this small short cut, resume the directions at [?] in §K.
  11. Markbeech to Cowden Station (1¾ km)
    • Take the footpath heading south-west from the churchyard. Go down through some fields, then bear left to go through a strip of woodland. Head south-east alongside the railway to reach a road just past Cowden station. Go under the railway bridge and turn left for the station entrance.
    1. The Kentish Horse pub is on the right at the crossroads ahead. To continue the walk, make your way onto the driveway leading to its car park and go through a gate into the churchyard. Go past the left-hand side of Holy Trinity church and keep ahead on a faint grassy path towards a metal gate in the hedge.
    2. Leave the churchyard via the gate and bear left onto a faint grassy path towards the left-hand side of a wide gap 125m away. Bear left there to go halfway down the side of a large field, with views of Ashdown Forest ahead and a wood on your left.
    3. At the end of the wood go over a stile on the left into the adjacent field and continue in your previous direction on the other side of a hedge, all the way down to the bottom corner. Go over a stile onto a woodland path, curving round to the left. Shortly after passing the picturesque Hole Cottage? in a clearing on the right, fork left in front of a large beech tree in the centre of a three-way junction.
    4. Continue along the woodland path, now with a stream down on your right. Ignore a path down to a footbridge over this stream, but fork right at the next path junction, with a post containing two footpath markers. The path goes gently downhill for 500m, now with the railway (which has emerged from a tunnel) in a cutting on your left.
    5. After passing Cowden station, the path goes up to a stile which you go over onto a road. Turn left to go under the railway bridge and left again into the station's access road. If the booking hall is locked you can go past it to get onto the single platform (where a plaque commemorates the victims of the Cowden rail crash?).

      The platform is used by trains in both directions, so be careful not to take an Uckfield-bound train by mistake. These are scheduled to go through seven minutes before the London train, which is going from left to right.

  12. Skinners Farm to Medhurst Row (1¾ km)
    • Follow the footpath heading north-east past the buildings at Skinners Farm. Turn right to go alongside the Redhill–Tonbridge railway line (without crossing it) to Medhurst Row.
    1. In the left-hand field corner keep ahead through a gap into the next field, leaving the EVW (which turns right). Bear slightly right to follow a faint grassy path across the field, heading NE and passing just to the right of a pole carrying power lines near the far side. Go out through a wooden kissing gate and turn right briefly onto a lane.
    2. In 50m, at the entrance to some small business units, turn left through a kissing gate and go along the right-hand edge of a small field. On the far side go through another gate and across a ditch to continue on a long grassy path between hedges, still heading NE. Where this comes out into a field maintain direction along its edge, now with a line of trees on your left.
    3. In the field corner go over a stile beside a metal fieldgate into the bottom corner of a large meadow, with no clear path ahead. Carry on in much the same direction, passing to the right of a clump of trees (concealing a pond). At the top of the meadow turn right to go along its top edge, with the Redhill–Tonbridge railway line in a shallow cutting on your left.
    4. In the far corner go over a plank footbridge and through a metal gate to continue along the edge of a farm field, parallel with the railway line (now on a low embankment). At the time of writing the onward route is to bear right just beyond a level crossing onto a marked path cutting across the field to a gap in the tree boundary about 75m in from the left-hand corner, with an isolated house (Medhurst Row) behind it.

      This route may change in future because Path Diversion Order notices have been posted. You might have to take the lane on this side of the crossing (which is also a public footpath, running between the railway and the farm field), then turn right onto a new footpath along the far edge of the field to reach the point in front of the house.

  13. Medhurst Row to Delaware Farm (1½ km)
    • Take the footpath heading south, later rejoining the EVW on
    1. In front of the house take the broad path heading S, signposted as a footpath. After passing a garage and some outbuildings the path narrows, then veers left into the adjoining field. Continue in the same direction along its edge. In the field corner keep ahead on a broad grassy track between a copse and a belt of trees.
    2. At the end go over a stile (just off to the right) into an irregularly-shaped field. Continue to head S, across the field for 200m and then alongside the hedge on its left-hand side. In the corner go over a stile beside a metal fieldgate into the top of another farm field.
    3. The route is straight ahead across this field, although if there are crops it may be easier to follow a farmer's track curving round in a tight loop and then heading down the slope. This farm track leads past the left-hand end of a hedge along the bottom of the field, where the EVW rejoins from a path sloping gently down from the right.
  14. Delaware Farm to Hever Road (1¼ km)
    • Turn right onto a footpath heading west across meadows and farm fields. Continue over the Oxted–Uckfield railway line to Burnt Oak Farm and Hever Road.
    1. To return to Edenbridge turn right off the drive (leaving the EVW) and go across a gravel parking area. On the far side take a path to the right of a metal fieldgate, through a short tree tunnel and then over a stile. Maintain direction on a faint grassy path across a meadow.
    2. On the far side go over a stile in the tree boundary and turn left to go along the edge of another meadow for 250m, with occasional glimpses of the river about 50m off to your right. In the corner go through a metal kissing gate and keep ahead along the left-hand edge of a large farm field, with a hedge on your left.
    3. The footpath bears left into another tree tunnel and climbs gently up to a brick bridge across a long straight stretch of the Oxted–Uckfield railway line (with Edenbridge Town station 1 km to the right and Hever station 1¾ km to the left). Carry on across a small field towards the buildings of Burnt Oak Farm.
    4. Continue on a tree-lined track to the left of the farm buildings, skirting around a metal fieldgate near the end. Keep ahead down the farm drive, which leads out onto Hever Road. At the bottom do not go out onto the road but turn right through a wooden kissing gate to the left of a metal fieldgate, into the top of some more meadows.
  15. Hever Road to Edenbridge Town Station (1¼ km)
    • Head north-west on a footpath across the water meadows to the south of the town. Cross the river on a footbridge and go up to Church Street. Turn left to reach the refreshment places on the High Street. Head north along the High Street and turn right into Station Approach.
    1. Take the right-hand of two broad grassy paths sloping down across the meadow, heading NW directly towards Edenbridge church. At the bottom the main path swings right towards the riverbank (a popular spot on a hot day) but to head for the town keep ahead on a fainter path which leads to a stile in a hedge.
    2. Go over the stile and bear right as indicated, on a faint path near the river. This leads into a thicket where a plank bridge takes you across a ditch, then out into another part of the water meadows. Continue across the grass, heading towards a footbridge with metal handrails (not the more obvious wooden bridge on the right).
    3. Go over the river bridge and up the path to Church Street. Turn left and follow the street past the church, then retrace a short part of your outward route in §A to the High Street. The Minstrel coffee shop is directly opposite and the King & Queen pub is on the left.
    4. For other refreshment places, or to complete the walk, turn right and retrace your outward route up the High Street, passing Ye Old Crown Inn and later a Costa Coffee, both on the left. After going over a small rise, and just before the road swings left towards traffic lights, Edenbridge Town station is signposted to the right.
      • The town's other station (on the Redhill–Tonbridge line) is 1 km further away on the long straight road ahead, the B2026.
    5. To finish at Edenbridge Town turn right into Station Approach and go all the way along it to the station. Platform 1 on the near side is for trains to London; if the ticket office is closed, the entrance is on the right.
        Walk Notes
      • The Eden Valley Museum is a local history museum in a GradeⅡ* listed medieval building on Edenbridge High Street, originally Doggett's Farmhouse but now called Church House. One of its exhibits (a needlework box made by a German POW in WWⅡ) featured in the BBC's “A History of the World in 100 Objects”.
      • Ye Old Crown Inn dates from the 14thC and has an unusual bridging sign, spanning the High Street. This coaching inn was a haunt of the Ranslye Gang, a notorious band of smugglers in the early 19thC.
      • The source of the River Eden is in the Titsey Estate, on the slopes of the North Downs near Oxted. It is one of the main tributaries of the River Medway, joining it near Penshurst.
      • The single-arch Stone Bridge was built in 1836, replacing an earlier six-arch bridge. The Great Stone Bridge Trust was established in the 16thC to pay for twelve Bridge Wardens and provide funds for repairs. Its funds are now used for the benefit of Edenbridge generally.
      • Edenbridge is twinned with Mont-Saint-Aignan in France, hence the name of the town's bypass.
      • Edenbridge Water Meadows were taken under the control of the Great Stone Bridge Trust in 2015. The 16 acres are actively managed for the benefit of wildlife, with visitors being asked to stay on the mown paths.
      • Kent Brook is a minor tributary of the River Eden. Its source is in the Greensand Hills near Limpsfield Chart and it forms the county boundary between Surrey and Kent for part of its length.
      • The Vanguard Way runs for 105 km “from the suburbs to the sea”, from Croydon in south London to Newhaven in East Sussex. The new section between Troy Town and Cernes Farm replaces the original route via Haxted Mill, which included an awkward stretch along Dwelly Lane.
      • Eden Brook is one of the three main tributaries of the River Eden, with a strong enough flow to be mistaken for the main river (it powered watermills at Felbridge and Lingfield). Its source is in the High Weald near East Grinstead.
      • The Eden Valley Walk runs for 24 km, linking the Vanguard Way with the Wealdway and the Medway Valley Walk in Tonbridge. There are few rights of way alongside the River Eden itself and from Penshurst much of the route actually follows the River Medway.
      • Gabriel's Fishery was created in the early 20thC, transforming some arable farmland into an area of lakes and surrounding woodland.
      • Devil's Den was a medieval name for earthworks of unknown origin (as was Devil's Highway for Roman roads whose origins had been forgotten). There is no trace of a farmstead which might have existed on this site.
      • The iron structure was apparently made to help the town's tug-of-war team practise. The man-made embankment (bund) is part of the town's flood defences.
      • Ss Peter & Paul, Edenbridge was rebuilt and extended in the 13thC and there is little trace of an earlier Norman church. It contains a set of stained glass windows by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones in the east wall, some fine memorials and a poignant tombstone to Ann Jemett. The tower clock has an hour hand only.
      • Hole Cottage is the remnant of a much larger medieval hall-house, the rest of which was demolished in 1833. It is managed as a holiday cottage by the Landmark Trust.
      • The Cowden rail crash was a fatal accident in October 1994. Five people died when a northbound train passed a red signal in thick fog and collided head-on with another train on the single-track section to the south-east of the station.

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