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The whole route is covered by OS Explorer maps 163, 148, 136, 147, 135 and 123.


Tunbridge Castle

Withyham Valley

Ashdown Forest



Michelham Priory

Nearing Eastbourne 


The Wealdway is a superb walk running 82 miles from Gravesend on the Thames Estuary to Beachy Head and Eastbourne on the south coast.  It crosses the North Downs, the Greensand ridge, the Medway valley (twice), the High Weald (including Ashdown Forest), the Low Weald and the South Downs.

This is quintessentially English countryside with rolling downs, archetypal village greens on which cricket has been played for centuries, deep wooded valleys and traditional pubs.  History abounds with numerous furnace and hammer ponds reminding us of the iron industry that characterised the Weald in the times of the Tudors and Stuarts and many fine old houses constructed of materials that vary along the route with the underlying geology.  Despite its proximity to many towns and with London not far away, much of the route has a surprisingly remote feel to it.

Kent Ramblers have published a new guide to the walk:

Available now from our books page.

Relevant links:

Explore Kent

Long Distance Walkers Association