Where the Medway Valley Line ends and joins with mainland services to London, Tunbridge Wells and Hastings, Tonbridge, has been a market town since the Middle Ages and lays beside the River Medway, The rail station is right at the bottom of the High Street and a short walk form the 11th century Tonbridge Castle. This is Kent’s best example of a motte-and-bailey gatehouse, where audio tours and interactive exhibits bring history to life. You may even wish to take a river trip on the Enid May or grab a bite to eat in one of the quaint cafes.
Walks around Tonbridge
Tonbridge also has a number of historical walks. In order to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, a selection of walking trails have been compiled by Pam Mills and Dave Swarbrick.
If you enjoy reading, you may be interested in the Jane Austen and Tonbridge circular walk. Her father George and his family grew up around Tonbridge, so why not explore some of the places associated with the Austen Family name.
You can also catch a bus outside the station or walk just over a mile to Haysden Country Park. the park includes a range of habitats such as river, grassland, freshwater lakes, marshland and woodland. The site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and in part a Site of Nature Conservation Interest. It has also been a Green Flag Award wining park since 2006 and is a Natural England accredited park.
Cycle rides around Tonbridge
From Tonbridge Castle you can embark on a 5 miles cycle route west through tranquil woodland and countryside to Penshurst Place, a fortified manor house that’s rich with medieval and Tudor charm. You can also visit the village of Penshurst. To view the map click on the image or the link below.
For more information about things to do around Tonbridge, why not take a look at the Explore Kent website.