Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House
Walking Bodiam Castle to Sissinghurst Castle
Possibly the most beautiful castle in all of England, Bodiam rises up from the moat guarding what was once the Appledore Estuary against a French Invasion. The path follows the flood plain of the River Rother and crosses the Kent Ditch. Meadow and pasture join with mature trees and woods. Isolated houses and farms are the only habitation until Sandhurst with its school, bus links, tea shop, shop and pub and then it is a walk through meadow, pasture, orchards, hopfields and a vineyard!
The wealth of Sandhurst was not built on iron, but on farming, sheep and wool and later, no doubt, smuggling played its part too. The same can be said of Benenden, with its beautiful green, one of the best and biggest in Kent, it resounds to cricket in the summer and lazy days.
Flat and then a gentle rise up to the ridge at Sandhurst. Descent from the ridge at Sandhurst leads to a low level undulating walk and there are some stiles to negotiate. The final walk to Sissinghurst Castle is a true Wealden walk through a low undulating landscape dominated by Hemsted Forest. A little road walking, along country lanes; clear footpaths through meadow and pasture with just a few stiles and some long stretches along forest tracks.
- Bodiam: The Castle, National Trust Tea Rooms
- Sandhurst: The Swan
- Iden Green: The Woodcock
- Benenden: The Bull
- Sissinghurst Castle: National Trust Tea Rooms
- Sissinghurst: The Milk House
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