Kent Ramblers

Walk 125

Walk 125: Benenden and Rolvenden

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Distance:     7.0 Miles (3h 30m)

OS Map:      Explorer 125 (Start at grid reference TQ808328)

The second half of this walk follows the High Weald Landscape Trail from Rolvenden to Benenden.  The whole walk offers High Weald scenery of the highest quality.

Park around or near the village green in Benenden.

Go along main road past the Bull Inn on the right and turn down Walkhurst Road. When after half a mile or so the road bends left, take a footpath on the right.  There are two footpaths keep left of barn and head downhill towards the sewage works.  Go round right hand side and along the back of sewage works, down to the stream and across footbridge.  Bear right along path rising gently through wood there are pieces of yellow tape on the trees to mark the route.  On joining broader track at top of wood, turn right then follow the track around left hand bend.  At a junction, keep right.  Continue alongside the wood (with ponds, on your right) and then out of the wood.

Follow track between hedges until you pass cottages on right and reach Mount Hall Farm.  Take path on right just before large barn.  Cross scrubby area and enter field.  Follow left hand side between fences then in next field follow right hand side to stile.  Pass pond on right, and aim for gate in middle of bottom edge of field.  Cross middle of field to footbridge in ghyll at bottom.  On other side go over stile and climb along left hand edge of field with superb views of Weald looking back.

At lane bear right up concrete farm track opposite, past cottages on left and through wooden gates.  Take track on right just before converted oast houses. On entering open field the path should go diagonally left across field but is often cropped, in which case it may be easier to turn left along top edge of field then go right downhill at corner.  Immediately past section of woodland on left, go left through gap then diagonally across Christmas tree plantation to far bottom corner.  Bear left through short section of woodland and cross two footbridges over stream in ghyll.  Over a stile, follow right hand then left hand edge of field towards oast house then over stile to pass just to left of oast onto farm track.  Turn right into farmyard then left on track into field and straight across towards woodland.  Enter woodland through kissing gate, descend into ghyll, cross footbridge and climb up past another kissing gate.  Follow left hand edge of field (with more classic Wealden views looking back) then along track into Rolvenden.

There are seats for lunching on the village green on right.  Turn left past pub then right along main street towards church.  Bear right at church then take path on right just before the village school.  Bear diagonally left across playing field.  Go through section of woodland into field and bear left across field.  Cross narrow field to footbridge and another stile.  Cross next field diagonally to far corner then follow left hand edges of a couple of fields into woodland.  On far side, bear left across field to lane.

Across lane follow markers to a path along left hand edge of a field and an orchard and along left hand edge to corner.  Through gap into next orchard follow right hand edge and bear left at corner.  At next corner go right through section of woodland and into field.  Follow fence on left to prodruding corner then bear left to far corner and take track between hedges.  Follow round right hand edge of pond to lane.

Turn right along lane passing junctions on both left and right.  Just after crossing stream by short strip of woodland take path on right following clear waymarks alongside and through woodland.  Cross stream in Strawberry Wood over an ancient and recently excavate culvert then climb through wood into open field.  Bear left to top corner of field and go over stile onto track.  Turn right but soon take path on left diagonally across corner of field to gate.  Continue in same direction diagonally across two more fields to road.  Turn left back to Benenden village green.

 

Rolvenden Windmill

The mill, seen early on the return leg from Rolvenden, could have been built as early as 1580. It is a post mill - the whole building rotates on a post embedded in a brick roundhouse to achieve optimal orientation with the wind. The mill was last used around 1885 and restored in 1956.


Strawberry Wood

In the wood your route crosses an old stone culvert.  This has recently been restored but its age remains a mystery.  It was certainly built to allow heavy loads to cross, which could suggest a connection with the Wealden iron industry in Tudor and early Stuart times (see Kent Ramblers Annual Review 2013 for more details).  However it could be much older, perhaps dating to Roman times.


Our book of Ten Favourite Walks in the Kent Countryside has routes for ten more walks like this one.

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If you find that the directions and map for this walk are incorrect in any way, please report the problem to info@kentramblers.org.uk.


Map based on Ordnance Survey mapping released into the public domain under the OpenData agreement.

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