Tonbridge to Penshurst
This route take takes you from the town of Tonbridge to Penshurst Place where you can see a 14th century house surrounded by lovely gardens. The ride follows Regional Cycle Route 12 along a nice traffic free path with views of the River Medway along the way. You'll also pass the pretty Haysden Country Park where there's two nice lakes which offer good opportunities for wildlife watching. It's a 5 mile ride on a fairly flat path so suitable for most abilities.
The route starts at Tonbridge Castle and heads west along the trail through Barden Park and Haysden Park. You then run along the river before crossing at Ensfield Bridge. You then pass Well Place Farm before finishing at Penshurst. The 14th century house has a fascinating history, having been the birthplace of the great Elizabethan poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney who was a favourite of Elizabeth I. You can explore the house and see fine furniture and portraits. The house is also surrounded by wonderful Grade I listed Gardens with an Arboretum, Trout Lakes, Lake Park and Lancup Well.