Walk 29: Edenbridge and Haxted Mill
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5.8 Miles (2h 45m)
Map: Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference
Park in the car park at the end of Coomb Field alongside the playing fields.
Leave the car park at the side opposite from the rugby pavilion past a curious iron structure with pulleys (anyone know what it is?) to the corner of the field then turn right along the edge of the field with a water-filled ditch on your left. At the next corner cross a footbridge over another ditch and continue, soon with the river Eden on your left and passing a pill box on the right.
Follow the path along the bank of the Eden. Pass through a short wooded section – there is an old moat in the trees on your right but it is difficult to see. Continue along the path as it leaves the river bank and on passing through a hedge cross a grassy airstrip past another pill box back to the river bank. Follow the bank as the river bears right until you reach a footbridge over the Eden on the left.
Cross the bridge and head straight across the grassy area at the end of the fishery car park to a track passing several fish ponds on your left. After the ponds enter a field and bear slightly left of straight across making for a point to the left of a house on the opposite side. Cross small footbridge (a plank) and stile then keep to right hand edge of small green to footpath through gate on far side of track. Go straight across field then cross another plank and stile then head for far left corner of field. Go through gate onto lane.
Turn right along lane. Keep right at junction, cross bridge and take footpath over stile on right. Head directly away from the stream behind you towards bridge over river Eden. Carry on in same directions with the Eden meandering on your left to reach lane.
Turn right past Haxted Mill on left. At junction turn left along Dwelly Lane, pass Dwelly Farm on left and take path on right over stile beside gate. Follow right hand edge of field to corner then turn left still following right hand edge of field. At next corner turn right through hedge and follow left hand edge of field to corner. Join track along right hand edge of field and at first bend go over stile in hedge on right. Emerge into field, turn left, bear right at corner then on entering next field bear left along curved edge of woodland. Quite soon take path across field on right to footbridge over Kent Brook.
On the other side bear right. Pass large pond then small ponds on left. Bear to left through hedge and continue with Kent Brook not far away to right. At junction of paths where another path goes off to the right over a footbridge, turn left over stile and along track just inside woodland. Soon turn left again then right and at T-junction turn right. Follow path along left hand edge of field to lane.
Turn left and take first path on right into field. Follow right hand edge of field to bridge over Kent Brook and turn left along bank of ditch. Continue without change of direction until you reach stream ahead and turn left over footbridge you crossed at start of walk. Cross playing fields to car park.
There has been a watermill on the site at least since 1361. The present mill was built in 1580 with substantial additions in 1794. A Mr Woodrow bought the mill in 1949 and spent 20 years restoring it to full working order. For a time there was a museum at the mill and from 1985 until 2014 it housed a popular restaurant but both are now closed.
water wheel at the front of the building is perhaps more decorative
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