SWC Walk 220 - Tonbridge to Hadlow
Length: 17km (10.6 miles) with longer option of 24.3km (15.1 miles)
Toughness: 2 out of 10 9.33
train from Cannon Street
(9.37 London Bridge
), arriving Tonbridge at 10.16 OR 9.40
train from Charing Cross
(9.43 Waterloo East
) arriving Tonbridge at 10.20 If you miss the above, get the 9.45 from Charing Cross, arriving Tonbridge 10.27
Buy a day return to Tonbridge.
For walk directions
New walks appear on our website regularly these days and it is a little hard to keep up with them all. This one had an outing last July and appears not to have been given an airing since. (Note that this is not the same walk as SWC 219 Hildenborough to Hadlow and Tonbridge, done last October, though it obviously is in similar territory).
The map shows few contours on the route, so I am guessing it is not demanding in terms of gradients. It apparently boasts lots of meadows which can be rather dreamy at this time of year, and seems to have a fair quota of pubs
for those who want to fill up the (nearly) longest day of the year with some pleasant rural drink and chat. Lunch
is a little over 8km/5 miles in, though there seem to be other possible options before and after. Tea
, if you can get there before 5pm, at the tea room of Broadview Gardens in Hadlow. The village also has a large tower
, built as an aristocratic folly, which you see rising above the fields as you approach, and the walk has two interesting churches
, one decorated by Mark Chagall.
The standard version of the walk takes a no 7 or 77 bus
from Hadlow back to Tonbridge. These run at 02
past until 17.42
, then 18.35
Alternatively if you really want to make the best of the (nearly) longest day, an optional 7.3km (4.5 mile) extension
to the walk takes you back to Tonbridge. This is the 24.3km (15.1 mile)
version of the walk. Trains back from Tonbridge
are too frequent to enumerate - every 10 minutes or so.