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Wealdway 40th Anniversary Walks

Ramblers groups in Kent and Sussex will mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Wealdway long distance path with a series of Wealdway40 walks in September 2021. All walks associated with this Wealdway40 Festival will incorporate a section of the path and are listed below. Members and non-members are welcome to join us on these walks, but please check the details given in the table below because a few walks are linear and some need to be booked in advance. Events will culminate with a brief commemoration at Tonbridge Castle on Sunday 26th September.

Wealdway40

All walks associated with Wealdway40 are listed below.  Please follow the specific booking instructions for each walk.

For all other enquiries regarding this event please contact chair@tonbridgeandmallingramblers.org.uk.

About the Wealdway

The Wealdway runs for 82 miles north-south across Kent and Sussex from Gravesend to Eastbourne.  It crosses not just the fine scenery of the High and Low Wealds but also the North Downs, the South Downs and the Greensand Ridge.  The High Weald is arguably the finest walking country in the South East with its characteristic sandstone outcrops and perhaps the best preserved mediaeval landscape in northern Europe.  A mixture of small farms, arable fields, pasture and woodland cut by steep-sided ghylls makes every walk a delight, marred only slightly in winter by the glorious Wealden mud.  The ancient timbered buildings, especially the eponymous Wealden Hall House, add much to the landscape, as do the furnace and hammer ponds that are relics of the Tudor iron industry.

History of the Wealdway

In 1972 Meopham and District Footpaths Group proposed the idea of a long-distance path from the Thames to the English Channel. The group designed the first section from Gravesend to Tonbridge. Tunbridge Wells Ramblers member, the late Geoff King, then volunteered to take on the task of establishing the remainder of the route, aided by a steering group. Nine years later, on 27 September 1981, the finished route including hundreds of stiles, waymarks and reinstated neglected paths was opened by the late Lord Derek Barber of Tewkesbury, then Chairman of the Countryside Commission. 500 walkers and representatives of walking organisations from 17 European countries attended the opening ceremony at Camp Hill in Ashdown Forest.

Wealdway40

All walks associated with Wealdway40 are listed below.  Please follow the specific booking instructions for each walk.

For all other enquiries regarding this event please contact chair@tonbridgeandmallingramblers.org.uk.

Image of Meopham Green Copyright Jerry Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.