Sunday, 6 October 2019
Start time: 10:00
(Estimated finish time: 17:15)
Moderate 13 miles / 20.9 km
This is a 13-mile circular walk, starting and finishing at Cranbrook and leads to Bedgebury National Pinetum – the most complete collection of conifers in the world - dating back to the 1840s, and managed by the Forestry Commission since 1925. You will enjoy superb views over the rolling Wealden countryside, and on through the extensive Bedgebury Forest to the National Pinetum. The return leg follows a sunken lane towards Hartley, before eventually joining Cranbrook High Street, lined with buildings whose distinctive architecture reflects the town’s historic significance as the centre of the cloth and iron industries in the Weald.
Kew Garden’s loss was Kent’s gain when the notorious smogs of London were considered too damaging for a planned collection of conifer trees. From 1923 until 1965, Bedgebury Pinetum was developed jointly by The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Forestry Commission. The Pinetum, which covers 320 acres, is now wholly owned by the Commission, managing more than 10,000 trees grown on the site. Not only does the arboretum include many rare and endangered species of trees, but it also contains some of the oldest, tallest and largest examples of conifers in Britain.
This walk should take 6.5 hours and there will be a stop for light refreshments / picnic at the Pinetum café.
Cranbrook Co-op Car Park, High Street, Cranbrook
Grid reference: TQ774358
Nearest postcode: TN17 3DQ
Start time: 10:00
This is a circular walk
We are an upbeat walking group, (20s to 50s), and we provide a mixed programme of walks every weekend.
We also organise social events, weekends away, plus other activities.
Please read the notes on our website before joining our walks.
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This is one of hundreds of Ramblers group walks for all ages and abilities every week - all led by our experienced walk leaders.
You’re welcome to join us on any of our walks to see if the Ramblers is for you. Then, once you’ve enjoyed the views, fun, exhilaration and good company, it’s just a case of becoming a member.
Do make sure you're fit enough and have the right footwear and clothing for the walk you want to do, though. You can contact the group or leader if in doubt.