For those who want to tackle the full 41-mile run, which forms part of the well signposted National Route 18, there are dedicated cycle lanes, running alongside main roads at both Tunbridge Wells and Ashford. Other than this, the main traffic-free section is through Bedgebury Forest.
This route is an excellent way to take in Kent's quintessential Garden of England scenery, complete with hops, apple orchards, oast houses and picture-postcard villages.
If you are interested in some challenging mountain bike routes along the way, try the 12-mile circuit around Bewl Water at Lamberhurst. There are great views across the lake which is the largest inland water in the southeast. The track is open from early May until the end of October. Alternatively, three miles north-west of Tunbridge Wells is the Penshurst Off-Road Centre. This is open all year in Viceroys Wood and offers mountain bike trails for all levels of ability, from very technical to family leisure.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.