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Tunbridge Wells and Eridge (38215)

Event Overview

A 10 mile circular walk from Tunbridge Wells station and into the rolling countryside of the High Weald, taking in sandstone cliffs, lowland heath, and pine forests and finishing in the Pantiles for a drink.

We will meet at Tunbridge Wells station at 10am and follow a route out of the town across the common, alongside the Spa Valley steam railway to the High Rocks, the first of our two sandstone escarpments.  From here we will walk through Broadwater Forest to Broadwater Warren, where the RSPB are working to restore lowland heath.

After walking across the Broadwater we pass under Eridge Rocks, a 600m long sandstone cliff, designated a site of special scientific interest.  We will then enter Eridge Park, a private deer park with beautiful views across the Sussex Weald, and excitingly where One Direction filmed their video for Live While We're Young, which I'm ashamed to say I've never heard of.

Leaving Eridge Park we walk through the village of Frant, past St. Alban's church and across farmland and through pine forests back to Tunbridge Wells.  The Pantiles is a handsome area of the town where the original chalybeate spring is located and now plays host to a number of pubs and restaurants.

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Please bring a packed lunch and enough water for the day.

Meeting & Times

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