Bus Walk – Tonbridge via Tudeley and Capel to Five Oak Green

This walk from Tonbridge To Five Oak Green is about 5 and a half miles. It is covered by the Ordnance Survey Explorer map 136 High Weald – Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The number 7 bus from Maidstone takes you to Tonbridge. Get off the bus by the Castle and war memorial.

Tonbridge war memorial.

Walk back up the High Street and turn right into East Street past the former Methodist Church.

Tonbridge Methodist Church

Turn left into Church st and up to the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul.

St Peter and St Paul Tonbridge

Make you way back to the High Street and down past the Chequers Inn

Chequers inn

to the “Big Bridge”

Big Bridge Tonbridge

built by Gray Brothers in 1887

Tonbridge Bridge

Over the bridge take the first left into Medway Wharf Road. On the left you will see a set of locks and footpath sign. Follow the towpath and cross the A26, continue down Postern Lane. Just after the Postern

Postern

take a track on the left and turn right onto a footpath.

footpath

toadstools

Fallen Waymark

Just before the path goes over a footbridge take another footpath to the right. Follow the stream for a while then cross a field to a stile and a level crossing over the railway. Continue through the woods and turn left onto the road. At the T junction there is a disused drinking fountain.

drinking fountain

take the right turning and you will come to Tudeley Church which has stained glass windows made by Marc Chagall.

tudeley Church

The footpath continues at the end of the Churchyard and then across the fields to Bank Farm. Take a left turn and immediately a right into another footpath. Follow this path to the George and Dragon Pub.

George and Dragon Pub

George and Dragon Pub

Take the path at the left hand side of the pub, through some trees you come to an open field. The path initially follows the the edge of the field to the left then cuts across it.

sheep

You will soon see St Thomas a Becket’s Church Capel.

St Thomas a Becket , Capel

Toadstools in the Churchyard

Toadstools

Toadstools

Toadstools

Exit the Churchyard into Church Lane. The footpath forks right off the lane and into a field.

capel footpath

The path makes a right angle bend in the field and comes out onto a road. Turn left and opposite some houses is a track to Lydd Farm and Oast House.

Lydd Farm and Oast House

The footpath goes off to the left, follow this to Five Oak Green.

The former St Lukes Church

St Luke's Church Five Oak Green

The Autocar route 205 take you to Paddock Wood or Tonbridge and route 207 to The Hop farm where you can pick up Arriva buses 6 or 7 to Maidstone.

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