Tenterden the Jewel of the Weald

Walking and sport

Tenterden lies in an area of outstanding beauty and each year it attracts many walkers and ramblers to the area. Whether you are interested in a gentle stroll or are an experienced rambler, you will not be Walking Groupdisappointed by the unspoilt Wealden countryside that provides endless views and vistas.

If getting out and about interests you, Tenterden also offers residents and visitors the opportunity to get take part in other outdoor pursuits such as golf, fishing, hiking and cycling. There are also a number of indoor activities to choose from ranging from fencing to badminton. To find out more about the walking routes available in the area and other recreational activities, please see below.

Tenterden Trout Waters enjoys an excellent reputation with discerning fly fishermen and is situated in a picturesque and peaceful location just a few minutes from Tenterden.  The 3 lakes are stocked regularly with Rainbow and Brown trout, ranging in size from 2lbs to 12lbs.


Walks around Tenterden

Here are a set of 7 delightful circular walks in the beautiful High Weald countryside, which start and finish in Tenterden. The walks were produced by Tenterden Improved with funding by SEEDA through the Kent Rural Towns, and with the assistance of the Tenterden Footpaths Group.


Walk 1
Rolvenden Layne
This walk is to the southwest of Tenterden, with splendid views over the Newmill Channel, which is the route of the Kent & East Sussex Railway.
Distance: 5½ miles (8.9km)
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Walk 2
Chennell Park
This walk is to the northwest of Tenterden giving lovely views of the Weald and of the town.
Distance: 2 miles (3.2km)
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Walk 3
The Millponds
This walk, to the north-west of Tenterden, passes the former millponds that, years ago, provided power for three water mills.
Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
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Walk 4
Readers Bridge
This walk is to the north of Tenterden, with magnificent views of the town and the Weald of Kent to the south.
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
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Walk 5
The Bottoms
Although always enjoyable, this walk is especially beautiful during the primrose and bluebell season.
Distance: 5 miles (8km)
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Walk 6
Chennell Park (circular)
This is a circular walk through parkland with beautiful views back over
Distance: 2 miles (3.2km)
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Walk 7
This walk is to the south of Tenterden, incorporating a variety of surroundings from orchards to townscape and leading to beautiful open countryside with views over the New Mill Channel that leads to the Rother Valley.
Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
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Park, Walk and Ride trails

Tenterden is situated within the beautiful Wealden countryside with spectacular views and stunning vistas. So, it's not surprising that the area is extremely popular with local and visiting walkers and ramblers. To combine two of the area's key assets, Kent and East Sussex Railway and partners including experienced ramblers, have designed a series of walking trails and steam train journeys around the area. The trails have been produced to give walkers easy access to some of the finest walking country in the south of England.

The six 'Park, Walk and Ride' trails have been designed to be easy to follow and to be suitable for both experienced and novice walkers. Routes include a variety of terrain including: waterside, field and woodland paths, bridleways and quiet country lanes. The length of each walk varies between two and six miles, and estimated timings are given for each trail, allowing walkers to decide on a level of difficulty before setting off. The factsheets also include details of facilities along the walk.

Each of the six trails has been designed to make the most of the light railway and the areas surrounding the Kent and East Sussex Railway stations. Each trail has its own detailed factsheet with a map showing where the trail goes, estimated timings and information about the terrain along the walk.

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Railtrail 1 - Wittersham Road Station to Tenterden Station walk

Railtrail 2 - Bodiam Station circular walk

Railtrail 3 - Tenterden Station to Rolvenden Station walk

Railtrail 4 - Northiam Station to Wittersham Road Station walk

Railtrail 5 - Tenterden Station circular walk

Railtrail 6 - Bodiam Station to Northiam Station

Railtrail Outer folder  - walk and ride trails in the beautiful High Weald

Railtrail Inner folder - map showing location of the different stations and general information


The 'Railtrails' walking guide has been developed by the Kent and East Sussex Railway, in conjunction with the Tenterden Town and Rural Partnership as part of the Tenterden Improved Project, to offer advice and highlight places of interest en route. The Tenterden Improved Project has received funding from the South East of England Development Agency, through the Channel Corridor Partnership, Kent Rural Towns programme and other partners.