You could argue that there are three kinds of roads in the Home Counties: busy ones; narrow ones and the rare-but-beautiful biking ones, that are broad and well-surfaced with involving bends yet there’s no 40mph speed limit and no convoys of 4x4s. While one or two of the first sort of road do appear on this route, mostly it’s made up of the other types.
From Tunbridge Wells our route heads towards East Grinstead on the A264 before swinging south to Maresfield on the B2026. Picking up the A272 and A267 to Hailsham, it heads east on the A271 to Battle. From there it heads north on the A21 – look out for the Route 1066 café on the left – before turning onto the A229 to Hawkhurst.
From there it’s cross-country on the A268 and A28 to Tenterden, before picking up the A262 through Sissinghurst, all the way back to rejoin the A21. For a little extra excitement at the end of the ride, take the B2160 towards Paddock Wood and then the B2017 back to Tonbridge. At the bypass, carry straight on along the narrow-but-fun Vauxhall Lane to return to Tunbridge Wells.
England’s home counties aren’t all speed cameras and Chelsea tractors