We are camping in the High Weald of Kent, at a new site for the group. We will have campfires and barbecue. We are 10 minutes walk from the historic ridgetop town of Goudhurst with its 14th century church tower affording wonderful views over the Kent countryside. The Weald is in mid Kent and has a wealth of stunning castles, gardens, villages, vineyards and orchards to explore. Campsite is on an orchard and has new facilities including on site catering.
On Saturday we plan an 11 mile walk through the orchards, gardens and wild flower meadows of this garden of England. We can visit Bayham Abbey, Lamberhurst village and vineyards, and the romantic ruins and gardens of Scotney Castle with medieval round tower castle within a moat. Route will include Kentish Oast houses, village inns and tea gardens. Barbecue and campfire in the evening.
On Sunday there is the option of off-road cycling at next door Bedgebury Forest with miles of cycle trails and bike hire available. We can also visit one of the best gardens in the country, Sissinghurst Castle and estate, the famous home of Vita Sackville West (6 miles from site). Nearby Bewl Water offers canoe and boat hire, plus there is a steam railway at Tenterden. For those new to camping, we have spare tents and stoves etc. to lend out to people booking. Also B & B option at Goudhurst.
We have spare tents etc to borrow and will have chairs/cookers to share.
Refreshments - Self-catering on site. Site arranges catering as well. Village shop with pubs a short walk from site. Lots of pubs and shops on walks. We plan barbecue on Saturday.
Travel - Nearest station, Marden, 5 miles from site. Regular trains from Victoria. Taxi or arrange lift from station in advance with others. Car share from others going.
Cost of event, book via £10 deposit , then balance of £30 per person for 2 nights camping. Includes 2 guided walks, and option to borrow tents etc. Cost includes contribution for all gas and wood purchased for cooking & campfires plus all other incidental expenses. Cost also includes full group membership for 12 months, all day walks free for all members for whole 12 month period. Reduced price for existing members. For all questions please mail [masked]