Matfield and Kent
Distance: 7.1 Miles (3hr 30m)
OS Map: Explorer 136
(Start at grid reference TQ656418)
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Park in parking area at westernmost corner of
Matfield village green.
Take track to right of sports pavilion. At end
of fence on right, take path through gate between
fences. After 140 metres go over stile on left and
bear right across field to electricity pole. Go
through small strip of scrub, cross another field
diagonally downhill and go through a stretch of
woodland. Cross narrow meadow to Bramble Reed
Lane. Turn right for 45 metres and take path on
left climbing through woodland (fine wood anemones and
bluebells in spring) then bearing left along right hand
edge of orchard (first hazel nuts then apples). At
track, turn right to Romford Road.
Turn left along road for 210 metres to start of
woodland on right and take path on right along left hand
edge of orchard to electricity pole. Take track on
left through woodland following powerlines, descend to
stream and climb to T-junction meeting the Tunbridge
Wells Circular Walk (the fingerpost still bears its old
name, High Weald Walk). Turn left for 350 metres
and at junction of four paths turn right downhill along
path indicated by waymarks on post.
bear right uphill to meet level path at T-junction and
turn left. After 70 metres or so turn sharp right
uphill. Keep going until the path starts to
descend again and there is a derelict building close to
the path on the right (and one on left too). Turn
right immediately past the building and follow path
between orchards for 460 metres.
At junction of paths by electricity pole turn sharp
left and descend gently to Pippins farm. Bear left
across farmyard and take driveway through orchards up to
road. Go straight across and along drive towards
Downingbury Farm shop (coffee, fruit and ice cream
available). Bear right in front of shop then
double back behind shop along path past pylon to bridge
over A228. Immediately over bridge take path on
left down steps. Cross top of field then bear
right downhill. About halfway down go through gate
on left then diagonally across field to another gate and
down to Redwings Lane then left to Old Church Road.
Turn right down Old Church Road, pass water treatment
plant then climb until Kent College comes into view.
At first entrance to the College (Prep School) go
through wooden gate to right of drive and across decking
Cross field passing just to left of lone
oak tree to stile. Cross next field just left of
line of oak trees to another stile then continue in same
direction across next field to a stile just right of
electricity pole into wood.
Inside wood path should follow fence on left but may
be unusable due to stream running along it. Take
alternative path a few metres inside wood and keep left
at all junctions eventually returning to fence on left.
At gate turn right and soon bear right descend steps to
stream and climb more steps on other side.
Ignoring gate on left, continue just inside wood until
you reach stile out into field. Follow right hand
edge of field until, about two-thirds of way to corner,
you come to stile on right. Climb stile and
followleft hand edge of next field past pond on left to
Through gate, follow left hand edge of orchard,
crossing stile half way along. When left hand
fence ceases, keep going straight forward until you
reach far end of orchard. There should be gate in
corner leading to next field – if it is not obvious,
bear right until you find it. Cross top of field
and skirt right hand edge of pond. Bear right past
footpath sign into orchard then bear left towards house.
Go between the house (on your left) and hedge (on your
right) down to Amhurst Bank Road.
Take path opposite. Once inside the field go
straight down the hill and look for a track through the
bracken bearing slightly right near the bottom.
This should lead you to a gate and then to a bridge
across a stream. On the other side bear left
across duckboards and into wood then follow path round
to right. At far side of wood, go over stile on
left and turn sharp right to follow right hand edge of
next field uphill. When path bears right into next
field, do not follow broad track between hedges but
cross field diagonally uphill aiming just to right of
house visible on horizon. In corner of field cross
stile to A228 (Maidstone Road).
Cross road very carefully – it can be busy and you
may have to be patient. You are aiming for path on
opposite side of road just a few metres to right – it is
easily visible. Follow this path past tennis
court, through gate and then down track towards
woodland. Go into woodland, across stream and up
other side of valley to junction of paths.
Turn left and follow path through woodland, crossing
footbridge at bottom, and up other side with no
significant changes of direction. At top turn left
along path inside the wood until you reach corner of
wood. Go over stile on right just past corner and
tune right along path that soon goes between fences
downhill towards another wood. Across bridge climb to
waymark post and take right fork through Kent Wildlife
Trust reserve (a bit overgrown at time of writing).
On leaving reserve go ahead uphill on track and follow
it as it bears left along edge of wood. Keep going
until path reaches tarred drive and turn right.On
meeting Chestnut Lane, turn right and take second lane
on right (Maycotts Lane) back to Matfield.
Matfield is on the bus route between Tunbridge Wells
Points of Interest
Matfield has the largest village green in Kent.
The beacon by the duck pond dates only from 2000; it was
lit for the millennium and again for the Queen’s Golden
Jubilee in 2002. At its north end the green is
overlooked by the elegant Matfield House, built in 1728
in the Queen Anne style. The fine stable block is
topped by a splendid clock tower bearing the advice to
“mind the time”.
There are many other fine
weatherboarded and tile-hung houses around the green and
a pub at each end. The sports pavilion was
finished in 2014 after its predecessor was destroyed by
fire.The name derives from “Matta feld” – the large
clearing farmed by Matta.
Pembury Old Church
Adjacent to Kent College and quite some way from
Pembury which also has a newer church, old St Peter’s
was mainly built by John Colepepper of Bayhall in 1337
although some parts may date back to 1147 or earlier.
Kent College is an independent day and boarding school
Cinderhill Community Woodland consists of both
woodland and heathland – an increasingly rare
habitat in Kent. During the summer of 2021 the
heathland was grazed by Jacob sheep to help prevent the
heathland becoming scrub and eventually woodland.
The site is looked after by the Kent High Weald
Partnership with the help of volunteers. The name
is a reminder of the iron industry that was prevalent in
the area in Tudor times.
In addition to the walking routes on our web site we
have published three popular walking guides:
Guide to Tunbridge
Wells Circular Walk and other walks in the area
Guide to the
Kent Coast Path: Part 1, Camber to Ramsgate
Guide to Three
River Valley Walks in West Kent: Darent Valley Path,
Eden Valley Walk and Medway Valley Walk
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Map contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright
and database rights 2020. Some paths on map are based
on data provided by Kent County Council but do not
constitute legal evidence of the line of a right of way