SOUTH­ERN COM­FORT

A Kent and Sussex stun­ner

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The High Weald is an Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty in the south-east of Eng­land, a swathe of coun­try­side be­tween the North and South Downs that is not only pleas­ing on the eye but also pro­vides the set­ting for some great rides. This route kicks off from the one-way sys­tem in East Grin­stead where you’ll find sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to fill up be­fore head­ing west on the A264 to Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Once clear of res­i­den­tial ar­eas the first sec­tion winds be­neath a canopy of trees that’s punc­tu­ated by the oc­ca­sional breath of open sky. Fol­low the signs for Lewes (avoid­ing low bridges) as you ap­proach Tunbridge Wells and they will lead you through The Pan­tiles and onto the A267. Turn left at the Bull pub­lic house for the B2169 and en­joy a straight dash through the for­est that emerges with a crooked wrig­gle to the Scot­ney Cas­tle round­about. From here take the A21 as far as Flimwell, then turn left on the A268 to Hawkhurst where the road be­gins a lazy me­an­der south to­wards the coast. Use the level cross­ing at Nor­thiam Sta­tion as a heads up and pre­pare to peel off on a left fork to­wards Rye, a me­dieval town made in­fa­mous by smug­glers that is well worth a visit if you have the time.

From Rye fol­low the signs to Cam­ber Sands; this world fa­mous beach is two miles long and up to half a mile wide at low tide. The paved cen­tral car park of­fers the best view and is right on the edge of the sand, but be pre­pared to pay and dis­play if you want to stop for an ice cream – bikes are charged at £1 for the day. Apart from the dunes the ter­rain is dead flat, but there are some great go-kart twisties through Jury’s Gap be­fore you pick up the B2075 at Lydd. Turn left to­wards Hast­ings when you reach the A259, top up if needed at the fill­ing sta­tion near Bren­zett then push on via the B2080 to Ten­ter­den.

Take a left in Ten­ter­den to leave via the High Street and you’ll soon be buzzing be­tween the hedgerows again. At Rol­ven­den there’s a fas­ci­nat­ing lit­tle mo­tor mu­seum that fea­tures a cou­ple of vin­tage bikes among its col­lec­tion of Mor­gan cars and also hap­pens to be op­po­site the turn for the B2086. Fol­low this and the en­su­ing B2085 cross-coun­try to Goud­hurst then take the A262 and A21 to the junc­tion of the A228. The fi­nal sec­tion sweeps north via Seven Mile Lane to Wrotham, where this route ends at the Oak­dene, a tra­di­tional trans­port café and pop­u­lar biker’s haunt nestled be­tween the M20 and M26 mo­tor­ways.

en­joy in The Weald Re­lax into the ride and you’ll dis­cover plenty to

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