A Kent and Sussex stunner
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.
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