SWC Walk 196 - Wadhurst to Tunbridge Wells
Length: 13.8km (8.5 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10 9.45
train from Charing Cross
(9.48 Waterloo East
, 9.53 London Bridge
, 10.10 Orpington
) to Wadhurst, arriving 10.47.
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Every now and then a SWC walker picks up their quill pen, takes a fresh sheet of parchment and writes to say "Why, oh why can't we have more SHORT walks?"
Well, today is your lucky day, since this walk is modest in length, but a gem in terms of scenery, particularly in the morning. After sharing the first 1km as other Wadhurst walks, it turns westwards through very pretty scenery, with a fair bit of upping and downing, the occasional view, and some nice woodland en route to Frant, where two very fine pubs await your attention (The George Inn
is so fine it is probably worth ringing to book a table when you set off).
I recall some good autumn colour on this route in years gone past. Mud too - this is the Weald, after all - but cross fingers it has not had time to get too gloopy yet. After lunch
things go downhill a bit - literally and scenically (it is not horrible, just not as beautiful as the morning) - but never mind, because it is worth rushing on to Tunbridge Wells to try and get a seat in the lovely Juliets
tea room (though if you could have arranged to have your name put down at birth, that would have been useful)
. Otherwise, TW does not lack in tea options, and if you are in a pubby mood, seeking out the surreal Opera House
(a real opera house, now a Wetherspoons) is worth the effort. Trains back
from Tunbridge Wells are very frequent 09
past until at least 19.51: after that, look on your smartphone, but there are still lots.