Walk 125: Benenden and Rolvenden
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Please note that
currently (March 2018) we are aware of problems with the condition
of some paths in the area indicated by the red arrow and you may
wish to postpone tackling this walk until they have been fixed.
We are working hard to achieve this.
7.0 Miles (3h 30m)
Map: Explorer 125 (Start at grid reference
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.
around or near the village green in Benenden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Ramblers' volunteers in
Kent work tirelessly to ensure that our paths are as well protected
and maintained as possible. Of course we also organise led
walks but most of our members are independent walkers who simply
want to support our footpath work. Please join
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