Walk 65: Edenbridge & Broxham Manor
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Distance: 5.4 Miles (2h 40m)
OS Map: Explorer 147 (Start at grid reference TQ445462)
Park in the free car park to the east of Edenbridge High Street.
Walk past the toilets into the High Street and turn left. Take first left (Church Street) and just past the church take a footpath on the right between houses and across a footbridge over the River Eden where swans may often be seen. Bear left and make for the far corner of the field. Cross a ditch and look for a stile in the fence on the left. Once over the stile, bear half right past an electricity pole to a kissing gate and a road.
Bear left up a farm track, keeping to the right of the farm buildings and into a field at the end of the track. Bear left across field to a footbridge over the railway and cross it. Follow the right hand edge of a field. Enter the next field with Delaware Farm in view straight ahead. About two thirds of the way along the right hand edge of the field, climb a stile and bear left across the next field to a stile in the corner. Over the stile bear left along a drive to a T-junction and turn sharp left (now on Eden Valley Walk) then right and left passing a pond on the left. Follow the track as it bears left round the back of Delaware Farm and cross bridge over the Eden. Turn right along track. At end go straight on uphill (donít bear left to follow the Eden Valley Walk) to the top of the field and through a kissing gate.
Follow the right hand edge of the next field at first, but when the hedge bears right carry straight on to a stile by a wooden gate. Over the stile, follow the left hand edge of a field until close to a house straight ahead. Look for a stile on the left onto a track. Turn right along the track and carry straight on past the entrance to the house until you reach a T-junction. Turn left, passing a pond on your left, until you reach the railway. Cross the railway and go through gate straight ahead. Soon got through another gate and follow the right hand edge of a field. Pass through a gap in the hedge by a large oak and maintain your direction to follow the left hand edge of the next field to cross a footbridge.
Follow the right hand edge of the next field the corner and through a gate in corner. Follow the right hand edges of the next two fields to a lane.
Turn left and take care, keeping to the outside of bends. On reaching a road turn right until, just past the house on the right, there is a stile on the left. Cross the road carefully to the stile and go straight across a field, through a pedestrian gate and on to a stile beside a field gate. Over stile follow the left hand edge of a field, following as it bears left round the edge of a copse (where there are fine bluebells in April) to the bottom corner of the field. Turn right and follow the bottom edge of this and the next field to a gate on the left. Through the gate, bear right to another gate and onto a metalled driveway. Bear right between the converted stables on the left and the moat that once surrounded Broxham Manor on the right.
Just past the end of the moat, where the driveway divides, go forward but very soon go over a stile by a gate on the left. Follow the left hand edges of two fields and over a stile. Go straight ahead along the left hand edge of a third field which bears left round a copse to a large gap. Donít go through the gap but continue along the field edge to a stile in the corner. Go straight across the next field, through a short band of woodland and over a footbridge. Bear slightly right across the next field (not the path straight ahead) to a stile in the corner adjacent to a copse. Bear left across the next field to a kissing gate and along a path between fences to the road.
Take the path immediately opposite and bear right past a house (Mowshurst Cottage) into a recreation ground. Follow the right hand edge to the railway and cross it. On the far side, go straight downhill across a couple of fields to a tarmac drive. Go straight across and take a path past a pond on the right. Bear very slightly left to keep the trees in front on your right and follow the right hand edge of the field uphill until you come to a row of cottages ahead. Go through a gate at the very right hand end of the cottages and turn left along a path in front of them. On reaching a track, turn right over the railway and descend to Forge Croft. Bear right as you cross and go down Churchfield to the end where a path leads past the cemetery. Keep right past some houses and follow the path back to the car park.
Until the construction of a bypass a few hundred metres to the west, Edenbridge consisted principally of one long street, part of the Roman road from London to Lewes. The church boasts a window by Sir Edward Burne-Jones Ė in the east wall above the altar.
The property was given by King Aethelred to Bishop Godwin II in 999 AD. In the 13th century a manor house enclosed by the moat was owned by members of the Brocas family, hence presumably the name. It was demolished in the 18th century.
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