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Bedgebury- A Walk Through Time

Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 12.7 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Overview :  This 13 mile walk leads to Bedgebury National Pinetum- the most complete collection of conifers in the world- dating back to the 1840s... more »

Tips:  Distance: 12.7 miles (20.4 km) allow 6.5 hours
Start/End point: Weald Information Centre
Parking: Cranbrook High... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Swattenden Centre

This is a Victorian House, used in the 1950s and 60s as a boys' sencondary modern school, the centre now offers short residential educational courses.

2. Sandstone

Outcrops of sandstone are common throughout the High Weald, and can often be seen on the banks of sunken lanes. The sandstone was formed more than 130 million years ago, when layers of sand and clay were deposited and then compacted as south east England rose up into a broad dome. The process of erosion over many years exposed the harder sandstone... More

3. Smugglers' Contraband

At the junction of the lane, local lore insists that this was where smugglers in the past hid their contraband kegs in a pond named after the brandy barrels that had been found floating in them.

4. Badger's Oak

This was a former small branch line from Paddock Wood to Hawkhurst, which operated from 1893 to 1961. It was known as Hopper Line because it brought hop pickers from London's East End every summer to work in the hop gardens of kent.

5. Pinetum

If you want to visit the pinetum, take the left track at Louisa Lodge, then go down the first bridleway on the left, towards Frith Wood. The name reflects the Celtic origins of this forest, which go back as far as AD 815. Starvegoose Bank prompts speculation that when flocks of domestic geese were driven long distances to market, the forest migh... More

6. Three Chimneys Bank

The names Three Chimney Bank and Iron Latch, are probably connected to the iron industry. The furnaces used for iron smelting had chimneys, and the name latch is a variant of leach, an area where water soaked through deposits.

7. Furnace Farm

Furnace Farm, formerly part of the Bedgebury Estate, was important in the iron-working history of the area. On this site, guns were forged to fight the Spanish Armada. Iron ore was available locally. Note the large number of streams that are still rusty in colour, and the area has several chalybeate springs, their water rich in minerals and iron... More

8. The Weald Information Centre