This wonderful cycle ride or walk takes you past playing fields on the edge of Tonbridge and into Haysden Country Park, running around the edge of Barden Lake with its wide variety of bird life. Shortly after passing beneath the A21 you enter a delightful secret kingdom of lush broadleaf woodland, which is carpeted with wildflowers in the spring and a delight in autumn as the colours change.
The one noticeable climb of the route comes between the bridge over the River Medway and Well Place Farm, giving you wide-ranging views of the surrounding countryside and setting you up for a fine descent past two lakes to arrive at Penshurst Place. This interesting site is the finest and most complete example in England of 14th-century domestic architecture.
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.