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|The Hare and Groombridge|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 05 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Kent, Tunbridge Wells|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from The Hare in Langton Green, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent. The site of the Hare has been home to a pub since 1785, the present building dating back to 1901, and it is a beautiful spot in the centre of Langton Green. The walking route is fairly strenuous but well worth the effort with lovely views, peaceful stretches of ancient tracks and a visit to Groombridge Place, a stunning moated manor house which is now home to a surprising range of animals. |
There are a number of climbs and descents throughout the route and, whilst most of the path surfaces are well made, they can get muddy in places. Some of the paths are quite narrow and can be a little overgrown in late summer. You will need to negotiate a number of kissing gates, some steps plus nine stiles (some with dedicated dog gates but one which dogs may need a lift over). You are likely to come across cattle grazing in some of the fields so take care with dogs. One of the fields may also be holding some of the menage of animals from the Groomfield Place estate (such as an alpaca or zedonk!). Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.
Langton Green is situated on the A264 Langton Road, just a couple of miles west of Tunbridge Wells. The walk starts and finishes at The Hare which is on the junction between Langton Road and The Green. The pub has just a handful of parking spaces directly in front of it, so if you are completing the walk please park along The Green instead, on the left-hand side of the road next to the village green. Approximate post code TN3 0JA.
|Start to Fordcombe Road|
Start point: 51.131 lat, 0.204 long
Stand facing the main road with your back to the pub, and turn right along the pavement, signed to Groombridge. Keep ahead on the pavement passing the church and the old schoolhouse to the right. Immediately after this, fork right through a kissing gate onto a woodland footpath. Follow the footpath winding through the woodland heading downhill and keep ahead as the path becomes fenced with a large crop field on the left.
|Fordcombe Road to Groombridge Hill|
Start point: 51.1296 lat, 0.1936 long
Cross the two roads at about 11 o’clock, taking care, passing in front of the gates of Langton Lodge, to reach a stile at the far side. Cross this stile into a pasture (likely to be holding cattle) and cross the field passing to the left of the first oak tree and to the right of the second in the centre of the field. At the far corner, turn left through two wide metal gates and you‘ll reach a T-junction with a small farm track.
|Groombridge Hill to The Oast House|
Start point: 51.1198 lat, 0.1872 long
Turn right along the pavement and you’ll pass the village boundary signs for Groombridge. Continue past the first few properties and then cross over to turn left onto the signed footpath immediately before the church. Pass through a wooden kissing gate into an open pasture, the start of the Groombridge Place estate. Note: this field may be holding some animals, it held the estate’s alpaca and its zedonk (yes, a zebra crossed with a donkey) when we crossed.
|The Oast House to Woodland T-junction|
Start point: 51.12 lat, 0.2029 long
Keep straight ahead onto the signed fenced footpath opposite. Keep ahead and then swing right onto a path passing under a tunnel of trees. Follow this fenced path for some distance, passing the water treatment works to the right.
|Woodland T-junction to End|
Start point: 51.1224 lat, 0.2136 long
Turn left onto the path signed with a blue arrow, and follow the woodland path steadily uphill. Keep your eyes peeled in the field to the left, where you may see more alpacas. Continue for some distance and you’ll emerge to a T-junction with Barrow Lane, merge left along the tarmac road still heading uphill. Take care of any traffic on this climb.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Well written route that has easy to follow instructions.
|By delboy63 on 2016-08-11 08:42:39|
Very easy to follow and written with true love of the walk. Writer posed a question of what tree near holly arch - we can confirm they are indeed Chestnut trees. Chestnut not produced all year round.
|By residog on 2016-08-28 15:44:10|
Ruth N: We did The Hare and Groombridge walk on Bank Holiday Monday, sorry no photos, but had a lovely walk that took us past Groombridge Place. Timed it to finish for lunch at The Hare afterwards - highly recommended.
|By Facebook on 2016-09-19 10:29:49|
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