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Goudhurst- A Walk Through Time

Walks from Cranbrook by Kent High Weald Partnership.
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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  A walk through ancient woodland and iconic Wealden landscape leads to the picturesque village of Goudhurst, standing on a ridge... more »

Tips:  Distance: 10 miles (16 kms) allow five hours
Start/ End Point: The Weald Information Centre
Gates:8
Stiles:9
Parking: Cranbrook High... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Glassenbury Estate

The Glassenbury Estate was gifted by Henry I to its first owner in 1103. It passed by marriage to the Roberts family in 1377, who owned it for the next 300 years. The present moated house was built in the Tudor period on the site of the original building. Family memorials can be found in St Dunstan's Church, Cranbrook.

2. Smugley Farm

As its name suggests, this property was involved in smuggling. An underground passage was reputed to run from it to Triggs Farm, just below Goudhurst, and to the right of the path.

3. Star and Eagle Inn

The front is mock Tudor, as originally it had an open entrance for stage coaches, however parts of the building dated back to the 14th century. the Vine Inn down the road was also a coaching inn, where the London to Tenterden stage-coach, the Flower of Kent, would stop to change horses after the long pull up Clay Hill. The horses were watered in... More

4. Weavers' Cottages

In the 14th century, skilled Flemish weavers were invited to improve the local woollen industry, and in 1337 a proclamation was issued by King Edward III to protect foreign weavers from mistreatment by English tradesmen who felt threatened by the competition. The cottages opposite the churchyard would have belonged to journeymen weavers, and the... More

5. Hazleden Farm

An archaeological survey of the Oast House at Hazleden Farm dates the building to the 17th century. The site also contains Hopper Huts, where hop picking families from London staying during the picking season in Kent every September. These huts were usually built using corrugated iron cladding around a wooden frame, but wealthier farmers... More

6. Woodland Banks

Throughout this series of Cranbrook walks, the observant walker will notice trees growing on banks which are either multi-stemmed or show signs of layering. The banks were borders of field or woodland ownership, many dating back to medieval times. Trees were retained, or planted on these banks, to reinforce the boundary. The trees indicate past... More

7. The Weald Information Centre