Marsh Green and
Distance: 6.2 Miles (2hr 45m)
OS Map: Explorer 147
(Start at grid reference TQ439443)
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Parking. There is a quiet lane that runs past
the church and along two sides of the triangular village
green. There is ample space for parking on this
lane. Aim to be as near the church as you can get.
Take path down left side of church and along left
side of a field. Through metal kissing gate bear
right along track between fences. Join asphalt
track and go straight forward to parking area for
Gabrielís Fishery. Leave by the far left corner
along stony track, now following Eden Valley Walk.
When this bears left, go ahead along grassy track past
former ponds on left then over stile into Cernes Field.
Bear slightly left across the field to a stile and then
bear left across small field to join a track at far left
Turn left along track, now leaving the Eden Valley
Walk but joining the Vanguard Way, and follow towards
Starborough Castle and round to right. Almost
immediately round corner, take stile on left and follow
path along edge of Castle grounds and over stile onto
Castle drive. Turn right along drive and take
stile on right to path diagonally across field to road.
Bear right across road and take broad track uphill,
passing paths joining from both right and left.
Skirt left round wood of overgrown chestnut coppice and
after downhill stretch reach gate onto hard track.
Turn right along track and almost immediately take
another track uphill through gate on left. At
first track offers fine views to the left of the wooded
Greensand ridge (if hedge has been cut) then enters wood
and skirts another wood before emerging onto another
track near Dry Hill Farm. Turn left, now leaving
the Vanguard Way but joining the Sussex Border Path, and
follow track track into wood. Turn right at corner
through plantation of Scots Pine trees.
Ignore left turn and at fork keep left (following
Sussex Border Path). Follow track out of wood
(wood on right, fine views of Greensand Ridge and
Edenbridge on left). At first junction where
Sussex Border Path goes through gateway on right, keep
straight on. Take next track on right into wood
and continue through this wood and Ten Acre Wood until
you reach drive leading to Crippenden Manor. Turn
left down drive and just before drive crosses stream
take path on the left leading uphill through gate into
field. Keep to right of copse at top of field.
Go through gate and follow left hand edge of next field
into another, larger field. Aim for far left
corner of this field and into next field. About
two-thirds of way along left hand side go over stile
into wood on left (just before pond) and follow path
through wood. Bear left into fenced area (ignore
the invitation to use the permissive path round the
edge) and follow left hand side with hedge on left.
Emerge from fenced area and cross drive leading to
Ockhams. Go straight across, over another stile,
downhill to follow left hand bank of pond and over
another stile onto lane.
Turn right along lane and follow it around left hand
bend past lake on left and Christmas Mill Cottage and
Christmas Place on right. At T-junction take path
going straight forward over stile and along right hand
edge of field. Halfway along go through gap in
hedge on right, turn left for a couple of metres to
corner then turn sharp right with hedge on left going
downhill. On emerging into open field, cross
downhill to far left corner and emerge on track.
Go straight across and soon reach main road from where
you can see the church to your right.
Edenbridge railway station is not far away. If
you follow the Eden Valley Walk west out of Edenbridge
you will join our route at the car park for Gabrielís
Fishery and can do the circuit from there. There
is also a somewhat infrequent bus service between
Edenbridge and Marsh Green (not Sundays).
Points of Interest
Originally as large as Bodiam, the medieval castle
was demolished on the orders of Oliver Cromwell soon
after the execution of Charles I. The walk offers
glimpses of the surviving moat and on the island the
ornamental pavilion built around 1754 using material
from the original castle. The present Victorian
house dates from about 1880.
Eden Valley Walk
This 15 mile walk starts at Cernes Farm and follows
the Eden and Medway valleys into Tonbridge. Kent
Ramblersí guide to the walk (Three River Valley Walks in
West Kent) is available from our web site.
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