Kent Ramblers

Walk of the Month

May: Horsmonden and Goudhurst

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Distance: 8.5 miles

OS Map: Explorer 136 (Start at grid reference TQ700405)

Park near the green in the centre of Horsmonden and head north up the B2162. Take the first right turn (Back Lane, signposted to Village hall) then turn left down a track between the Frances Austen Memorial Hall and the school. Follow the track as it bears right and beyond a gate continue along grassy track between tall hedges. At crossing of paths by a mast go straight ahead, still between tall hedges. On emerging into a large field, do not take path along field edge but bear left diagonally to footbridge and stile. Cross pasture to rickety stile then between fences and down drive to lane.

Turn left by a large pond and after a few metres take path on right up asphalt farm track. At T-junction at top of ridge, turn left along track past house on left. On reaching concrete track at T-junction go straight across into field. Turn left along top of field. At corner turn right, down left hand edge of field to the river and footbridge. Over bridge follow track along left hand edge of two fields and then just before stream bear right along left hand edge of field. Cross next field diagonally, keeping to right of new pond, then bear right uphill to T-junction. Turn left and follow farm track to lane.

Turn left carefully and just past Stream Farm take path through gate on right. Cross field diagonally to far corner to cross stile and footbridge. Bear gently left across field to junction of paths and take right fork following edge of lake which is on your left. Climb away from lake until there is a large open field ahead. Turn sharp left towards a thick hedge and take path that runs along right hand side of hedge to pond. Go over stile onto farm track and turn left. Follow track, initially downhill then climbing through wood and taking sharp right turn to emerge at Bockingfold Farm. At T-junction turn left and after a few metres just before farm entrance turn right along track initially between hedges. Follow until track meets asphalt drive to Ladham House and bear right down drive to lane. Keep right to crossroads and go straight across. Continue to main road.
Turn right and follow road round a couple of bends past church into centre of Goudhurst where refreshment is available and there is a village shop.

Take alleyway to right of Weeks Tea Room downhill to road and cross to path opposite. Go downhill through kissing gate, down steps and across duckboards. Bear right through kissing gate, downhill to kissing gate and bridge then along right hand side of field. Through kissing gate follow path between fences to lane. Go straight across over stile into meadow and bear gently right uphill. At far side, re-join lane.

Bear left along lane for three quarters of a mile to crossroads. Turn left and at road junction turn left to visit church. Return to junction and go straight across uphill to T-junction. Cross grassy triangle to gate and take path through parkland. Climb gently to gate then bear slightly right downhill to bridge across stream feeding lake. Negotiate several stiles and gates, climbing gradually to junction of asphalt tracks and several paths.

Cross track and go through hedge on left crossing orchard along path parallel to tree rows. At far side bear right for a few metres then sharp left along left hand edge of next orchard. Enter orchard and turn right along edge looking out for path on left straight across field. Go straight across hop field then turn right looking for path on left through hedge and between fences to lane at junction. (Last bit needs checking carefully.)

Take path down private drive to National Trust's Sprivers property. Follow drive round bend to right and pass house to pond. Turn left then right and continue ahead into woodland. Continue in same direction to road. Turn right along road back to Horsmonden.

Points of Interest:

Goudhurst

Prosperity first came to the village in the 14th century when Edward III banned the import of cloth and encouraged the establishment of a domestic industry by allowing Flemish weavers to establish businesses across Kent including at Sandwich and Goudhurst.

The weavers' cottages opposite the church date from the 17th century. The master weaver lived in what is now Church House opposite the Star and Eagle inn.

Church House assumed a very different economic significance in the early 20th century when the basement was used as the workshop for William Rootes' cycle sales and repair business which eventually turned to motor engineering and in 1928 after various takeovers became the Rootes Group.

Horsmonden Church

St Margaret's church was built in the 14th century to serve the surrounding farms, the site possibly chosen to be within the Spelmonden Estate. The village of Horsmonden then grew up some distance away near the ironworks but retained the old church to serve the residents.

Sprivers

Owned by the National Trust, the house dates from 1756, built by the Courthope family whose wealth came from the Wealden iron industry, to replace a 15th century house of the same name nearby. Much of the 108 acres of parkland, orchards and woods is open to walkers at all times but the house is let and not open to the public although available for hire as a wedding venue.


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

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

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