This pretty Kent based village is located in a fine spot in the Weald. The elevated settlement commands fine views over the area and also includes a picturesque village pond, rows of ancient cottages and a noteworthy 14th century church.
This walk from the village takes you to the neigbouring villages of Horsmonden and Brenchley. The route follows a pleasant countryside section of the High Weald Landscape Trail which runs right through the village. It finishes with a small climb to a splendid viewpoint in Brenchley.
The walk starts in the village centre and follows the waymarked trail north west along a country lane. You'll pass Trottenden Farm, Smallbridge, Lordship Wood and Parsonage Wood before coming to Rectory Park. Head north past the park and it's small lake and you will come to Hazel Street and the Sprivers Mansion. This Grade II listed Georgian country house is now a popular wedding venue.
The walk continues north past Horsmonden and the pretty Furnace Pond on the edge of Shirrenden Wood. From here you head north west past Palmer's Green before coming into Brenchley. Here you can climb to a lovely viewpoint just to the north of the village. At this scenic spot you can enjoy a rest on one of the benches while enjoying fine views over the Medway valley around Paddock Wood. The route then heads into Brenchley where you can enjoy refreshments at one of the pubs or cafes.
Goudhurst Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Goudhurst Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Goudhurst OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Goudhurst Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Peacock Inn in Goudhurst is a good option for some post walk refreshments. The pub does good food and has a lovely large garden area where you can relax on warmer days. You can find them at postcode TN17 2PB. There's also the Goudhurst Inn where they serve particularly delicious pizzas. They also have a fine patio area for the summer. They are located on Cranbrook Road at postcode TN17 1DX for your sat navs.
The country and woodland trails on the route are a fine one to do with your dog. Both the pubs mentioned above are also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To extend your walking in the area visit the nearby village of Cranbrook where you can enjoy a walk to the historic Sissinghurst Castle. Just to the south there's the National Trust's Scotney Castle where there's beautiful grounds and gardens. Near here you can pick up the historic Lamberhurst Walk which visits the noteworthy Bayham Old Abbey. The site is run by English Heritage and includes substantial ruins dating back to the 13th century.
The woodland trails at Bedgebury Forest and the lakeside path at Bewl Water are other local highlights.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks page.