Tunbridge Wells is nicely tucked away in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Something that can often be forgotten is just how incredible the surrounding areas truly are. Thankfully, we’re here to remind you and set you on route for some unforgettable walks in and around the local area.
Below we have selected some of our favourite walks in and around the area of Tunbridge Wells. Some are longer than others, while some are more family orientated, but there’s something here for everyone. Which route will you explore first?
Just on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells sits Bewl Water. This beautiful countryside park is home to a picturesque 12 ½ mile walk around the reservoir, taking you through country lanes, meadows, forest paths and hidden trails.
Due to Bewl Water being an aqua park as well, it attracts a number of visitors of all ages meaning that this is somewhere suitable for young children upwards - so if you’re in search of a family-friendly stroll with some water-based activities, this could be ideal for you.
Lastly, we look at the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk. Now this is a little further than the other walks we’ve highlighted today so is more suitable for avid walkers, with the trail being a ful 27 ½ miles long. This walk explores in and around the Tunbridge Wells area, starting off with the historic Pantiles walkway where you can see the incredible Georgian styled balconies and cobbled paths.
The route will then take you through Southborough, Pembury, Frant, Groombridge and Speldhurst. Along the way you’ll go past All Saints’ Church in Tudley, famous for its exquisite architecture and extraordinary stained glass windows, designed by artist Marc Chagall. You’ll also pass Harrison Rocks, Groombridge Place and Gardens and The George & Dragon pub - a building that dates back to the 13th Century.
Situated just a short walk from town centre, the Common is a great place to go if you’re looking for walks near Tunbridge Wells. It’s ideal for all nature lovers with it being home to countless birds, grass snakes and a variety of amphibians which are found around the pond areas.
At Tunbridge Wells Common you’ll always find something to do, whether it’s playing sports on the fields, climbing up on Wellington Rocks, stopping to watch the world go by, enjoying a picnic or just going for a leisurely stroll through the park. Something for everyone!
Dunorlan Park is centered around a large boating lake, with many different trails in and around the 78-acre park. In addition to the boating lake and enormous grounds to explore there are also a number of historical sites that can be found here, from a Grecian temple to an impressive water fountain.
With a playground and cafe for food and drinks, this is a family friendly park for all ages. Whether you’re looking for a picturesque stroll around the lake or you’ve been tasked with wearing out the kids, there’s something here for everyone.
This stunning forest is not only easy on the eye, but is one of the most popular destinations for dog walks around Tunbridge Wells. Just a short drive from town and you’ll find yourself walking around the setting that inspired the Hundred Acre Wood, also known as the home of Winnie The Pooh!
As well as being a wonderful walking route, Ashdown Forest is also a protected reserve, located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.