Edenbridge walk

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Beginning in the Marlpitt Hill area of the town, this lovely walk leads you out through the countryside to Broxham Wood, before returning along field paths.

The route passes a restored moat that marks the spot where Broxham Manor stood in the 13th century. The manor was rebuilt and now stands opposite the moat, after twice being damaged in fires.

Edenbridge grew up at the Roman crossing point of one of the River Medway’s key tributaries, the River Eden, and is on the upper plain of the River Medway.

A local legend claims that in the 16th century, two ladies of the parish complained about having difficulties reaching the church on the stepping stones across the river.

Money was raised locally and a Great Stone Bridge Trust was formed. Today, as well as ensuring a good river crossing for the town, the Trust supports many local initiatives.

The town, and its surrounding countryside, were at the heart of the Wealden iron industry.

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Step by step guide

  • From Swan Lane follow footpath signpost along concrete path past Marlpit Hill Allotments. Continue through farm buildings to metal gate.
  • Through gate and another immediately afterwards. Head for another metal gate at end of field. Through gate and bear right to bridge and stile.
  • Cross stile and turn left to follow the edge of the field to stile in far left corner. Cross and follow right hand edge of field, heading for white house, to stile at end of hedge line.
  • Cross stile and follow path to cross squeeze stile in fence. Continue along path to gate. Pass through gate and continue to road ahead. Turn right and head uphill on road for 30 metres before turning right on footpath just past Coakham Lodge Farm. Take care while walking along the road.
  • Immediately after passing bungalow cross stile on left, and head for stile in bottom right corner of field. Cross stile and continue ahead to metal, mesh gate.
  • Pass through gate into field containing a deer herd. Keep trees to left and continue ahead until you reach a footbridge on left. Cross bridge and continue to another metal, mesh gate ahead.
  • Pass through gate, cross bridge and stile. Continue ahead, along edge of wood, until you come to a footbridge on left. Cross bridge and follow path through woods to another footbridge.
  • Cross bridge and turn left. Follow hedge line to bottom corner of field and then turn right to follow fence line to gate.
  • Turn left through gate and walk down gravel drive. On your left you will pass a restored moat which marks the former site of Broxham Manor during the 13th Century. After passing moat turn right up drive and then left to cross stile. Turn right to follow fence line towards stile and gate.
  • Cross stile and bearing left cross field to gate. Turn right through gate and head for gap in the hedge. Pass through gap and continue straight across field to enter wooded area. Cross footbridge to gate.
  • Through gate and continue straight ahead, with tree line to left. Follow path, bearing right to stile and footbridge you crossed earlier. Retrace steps from point 2.