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Heathfield / Groombridge

[ Cycle routes The Avenue Verte London <> Paris ] [ The South Country ]
  • 22.9 km
  • intermediaire Level Intermediate

On this stage you're no longer travelling along the disused railway line but instead you take pretty country roads through the High Weald to reach Heathfield to the south. This stretch is particularly enchanting, taking you through a string of typical old villages and past delightful viewpoints across the rolling countryside.

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You need to be physically fit to take on this stage and you need to take care, even though most of the way is along small roads. From Groombridge, the route is very up and down. Arriving near Heathfield, be careful towards the Old Mill as the surface is bad; alternatively, you can take the busy but short stretch along Newick Lane. 



From Groombridge's former railway station you can follow some very nice little wooded country roads to Royal Tunbridge Well, arriving via High Rocks. You pass through fine public gardens before coming down to the Pantiles, the glamorous historic quarter. This additional leg is c.5 miles or 8km one way.     


Tunbridge Wells : 01892 530 416


Railway lines

Eridge – London Charing Cross : 1h20

Tunbridge Wells – London Charing Cross : 0h50

Eridge – Groombridge - Tunbridge Wells : touristic train during the week end



Not to be missed

Groombridge - Spa Valley Railway 


Close to

  • Royal Tunbridge Wells  
  • High Rocks 
  • Crowborough 
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Royal Tunbridge Wells                                                                                            

Roughly an hour from London by train, the historic town of Royal Tunbridge Wells takes you into Kent, known as the Garden of England for its fruitfulness. After iron-rich thermal springs were discovered here in the 17th century, Tunbridge Wells became one of the most sought-after places to stay at in England, even rivalling the great spa town of Bath. In Tunbridge Wells, The Pantiles, the smart quarter with its colonnades set around the springs, was the most fashionable place to be seen. Now, you can appreciate the lovely shops and cafés along its elegant covered walkways. The town also contains many appealing antiques shops, art galleries and bookshops. In summer, Tunbridge Wells plays host to a jazz festival. In all, this town makes a great stop. 



Your reviews

  • Heathfield to Mayfield - Simon Bartrum

    Very bad don't use the NCN for this part. The cuckoo trail is not much better. This is not a cycle route for tourers. Signage is hopeless. Simon The site insists I give a rating so it's 1 star but in reality it's a minus as part is unsuitable for bikes.

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