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Smarden Parish Council

Rights of Way

Smarden is fortunate in having a good network of public rights of way starting from the village centre. Residents and visitors can enjoy the surrounding countryside without needing a car. A variety of circular walks of between one and three miles can be created using the paths to the south of The Street: these start behind the Charter Hall, from Vesperhawk Lane, Beult Meadow and opposite the Thatched House. It's possible to walk across country to Biddenden, Bethersden (two routes) and  Egerton Forstal (two routes) without having to walk more than a few yards on roads. About a mile and a half to the north east of the village lies the large open-access area of Dering Woods, owned and maintained by the Woodland Trust. It's reached on foot from the path across The Minnis.

Paths are all shown on Ordnance survey Explorer  Map 137. There is a special version of this map, centred on Smarden,  displayed in the Charter Hall. Footpath users should not need reminding to keep to the marked paths, put dogs on a lead in the vicinity of livestock and to shut farm gates. Please note that field boundaries are often left uncultivated for conservation purposes and not to provide additional recreation space for you and your dog.

We offer organised  footpath walks on the second Saturday of the month during the autumn, winter and spring months, starting at 2.00 p.m. opposite the Flying Horse.

Contact Bob Barnes bobandjan.barnes@btinternet.com