GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

BiddendenWalks

6 miles (9.2 km)

This delightful Kent village is a splendid place for an afternoon stroll. In the village there's a picturesque village green, a fine 15th century pub and a photogenic High Street with a number ofold Flemish weavers cottagesto admire.
There's also miles of country and woodland footpaths to explore the surrounding landscape of the High Weald AONB.
This walk from the village takes you to the nearby Hemsted Forest.
The walk starts in the village and follows footpaths south to Goose Green and Fosten Green before entering the woods. There's miles of trails here with lots of woodland birds to look out for as you make your way around the expansive site.

Postcode

TN27 8AH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Biddenden OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Biddenden Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Biddenden

  • Hemsted Forest - This forest in Kent has mile of good walking and cycling trails taking you through attractive conifer, pine and douglas fir plantations
  • Sissinghurst Castle - Explore the 460 acres of gorgeous Wealden countryside in the Sissinghurst Castle Estate on this walk in Kent
  • Cranbrook - This pretty Kent based town is surrounded by some lovely High Weald countryside and several large areas of woodland
  • Bedgebury Forest - Bedgebury is a great place for cyclists with miles of family cycle tracks and a more challenging mountain bike trail
  • High Weald Landscape Trail - Explore the High Weald AONB on this fabulous 90 mile walk that links the ridge-top villages and historic gardens for which the area is famous
  • Bewl Water - This is a walking and cycling route around the beautiful Bewl Water reservoir near Lamberhurst
  • Goudhurst - This pretty Kent based village is located in a fine spot in the Weald
  • Bedgebury Forest - Bedgebury is a great place for cyclists with miles of family cycle tracks and a more challenging mountain bike trail
  • Tenterden - This Kent town has some nice walks to try around the High Weald AONB in which it sits
  • Royal Military Canal Path - This walking route runs from Pett Level to Seabrook along the Royal Military Canal
  • Dering Woods - These woods near Pluckley are also known as "Screaming" wooddue to reports of paranormal activity in the area
  • Ashford - This Kent town is ideally positioned for walkers on the edge of the Kent Downs and the North Downs
  • Cranbrook - This pretty Kent based town is surrounded by some lovely High Weald countryside and several large areas of woodland
  • Lamberhurst - This Kent based village has some nice walking trails through the valley of theRiver Teise and two noteworthy historic ruins to visit nearby

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village you can enjoy post walk refreshments at the 15th century Red Lion. The country pub serves good home cooked food. You can find them on the High Street at postcode TN27 8AH.

Dog Walking

The country trails and the woodland paths in Hemsted Forest are ideal for dog walking. The Red Lion mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the village there's one of the highlights of the area at Sissinghurst Castle. The grounds have miles of well laid out paths with beautiful gardens and a 16th century tower to see.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Kent Walks page.

Photos

Biddenden Place and its history - geograph.org.uk - 928273

Biddenden Place and its history. The present house almost faces the High Street. It was once a much larger mansion with gatehouse, two garden-houses and granaries. The Mayney family lived here from the 14th century until in about 1580 Anthony Mayney moved to Linton - his effigy is at Linton Church. The Mayneys were followed at Biddenden Place by the Hendens who flourished until, in about 1720, a William Henden "having dissipated his patrimony pulled down the greatest part of the seat and left the poor remains of it and a very few acres of the old garden and park". Thereafter the house was in divided ownership until its restoration by the Raymond family after World War II.

Tomb of Sir John Mayney - geograph.org.uk - 928263

Tomb of Sir John Mayney. This 1566 altar tomb in the north chapel of All Saints' Biddenden is that of Sir John Mayney and his wife Margaret Johnson of Biddenden Place. Sir John was Sheriff of Kent in 1566 and died during his term of office. The tomb has on it a fine brass depicting husband and wife and their fourteen children, the boys standing beside their father and the girls by their mother. Most of the inscription in raised lettering on stone cannot be read as it was chipped away by Roundhead desecraters during the Civil War. It was Sir John's father, another John, who in 1522 founded and endowed a school in Biddenden which still exists today as the "John Mayne (C of E) Primary School" with the Mayney crest and foundation date on its uniform.

Biddenden - geograph.org.uk - 174510

The village green with the Biddenden Maids sign, and the High Street, taken from the east side of the A262. The Biddenden Maids were twin sisters that were born in 1100, joined at the shoulders and hips. Theylived in this condition for 34 years.

Biddenden - geograph.org.uk - 45714

High Street

The churchyard, Biddenden, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 1602718

The churchyard

Seal Oast, Cranbrook Road, Biddenden, Kent - geograph.org.uk - 332876

Seal Oast, Cranbrook Road, Biddenden, Kent

Footbridge in Biddenden Millennium Field - geograph.org.uk - 1618606

Footbridge in Biddenden Millennium Field. This bridge is on a path from Goose Green to the village. In the background is the Memorial Wood. Trees planted on behalf of deceased village Residents.

Track into Hemsted Forest - geograph.org.uk - 1713957

Track into Hemsted Forest

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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