GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hemsted Forest

3 miles (5.5 km)

This forest in Kent has mile of good walking and cycling trails taking you through attractive conifer, pine and douglas fir plantations. It's great for wildlife watching with lots of woodland birds to look out for on the way.
The walk starts from the Hemsted Forest car park. It's located at the southern end of the wood, just off Goddard's Green Road at a postcode of TN17 4AN for your sat navs. It's a good sized free car park from which to start your walk. From here you can pick up public footpaths heading north through Tottenden Wood, Farningham Wood, Chittenden Wood, Causton Wood and Timber Wood. There's miles of decent walking trails and also bridleways suitable for cyclists or horse riders.


TN17 4AN - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hemsted Forest OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hemsted Forest Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Dog Walking

The wide woodland trails are ideal for dog walking. You will probably see other owners on fine weekend days.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The forest is located just a short distance south of the historic Sissinghurst Castle. You can reach the castle from the nearby town of Cranbrook on the Cranbrook Walk. For more woodland walking and cycling head to the expansive Bedgebury Forest which is just a few miles to the west of Hemsted.
A couple of miles to the north east there's the village of Biddenden. It's a worthy place to visit with a picturesque village green, a fine 15th century pub and a photogenic High Street with a number ofold Flemish weavers cottagesto admire. The Biddenden Walk visits the forest from the village on a 3 mile route via Goose Green.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks page.


Bridleway crossroads in Hemsted Forest - - 1620401

Bridleway crossroads in the forest. A bridleway (on a track) heads towards Benenden Road in Goddard Green, from the Cranbrook Road. It crosses an access road (and bridleway) heading right to Benenden Road, from Dockenden Cottage.

Track junction on Bridleway in Hemsted Forest - - 1713940

Track junction on Bridleway in Hemsted Forest. A bridleway heads through Hemsted Forest towards Benenden Road. A track (also permitted bridleway) heads right to Farningham Wood. Also another track heads left to Church Wood.

Bridleway in Tottenden Wood - - 1290960

Bridleway in Tottenden Wood. This bridleway leads from Benenden Road, Goddard Green through Hemsted Forest to Rogley Hill. There are many pathways of the main path used by walkers from the nearby car park on Benenden Road. The bridleway is also used by cyclists.

Track to Dockenden Cottage - - 1620346

Track to Dockenden Cottage. This track leads toward the cottage in the middle of the forest. This track is between two well kept beech hedges.

Bridleway in Chittenden Wood - - 1620557

Bridleway in Chittenden Wood. This long straight bridleway heads northwards to Cranbrook Road.

Hemsted Forest - - 989970

View of the forest on a sunny autumn day

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