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Friday, 23rd October

Kent Steam Railway and Walking Holiday

Friday, 23rd October
4 days/3 nights
Price: £649
Kent is the county to host our annual walking holiday this time around and we have devised a cracking itinerary to tempt you away. Variety certainly is the spice of life – we’ve got a castle, a vineyard, steam trains, a cliff railway, a miniature railway, walks along rural track-beds and even an evening dining experience aboard a train. Sound good? Read on:-

Outline Itinerary

Friday

We meet at Edenbridge Station early afternoon and start the holiday with a visit to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Stately rooms, portraits, formal gardens, a visit to Henry VIII and even a maze will absorb us this afternoon.

Saturday

Our day starts after a leisurely breakfast with a full length steam train ride from Tunbridge Wells to Eridge on the Spa Valley Railway. Then our first railway ramble is along the Tunbridge Wells to East Grinstead track-bed, through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (4 miles). Then a very different experience as we lunch in a Vineyard complete with wine Tasting and tour. Later it’s steam on the Bluebell Railway before returning to the hotel to freshen up before the highlight of an evening dining train experience on the Spa Valley Railway commences – what a day!

Sunday

“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” and so we shall! We drive south to Rye from where we stroll along Col. Stephens track-bed to Camber Sands passing wildfowl and a golf course (1 ¾ miles). Further along the coast we’ll enjoy an uplifting experience on the Hastings Cliff Railway before an afternoon stroll on the “Cuckoo Trail”, the old line that ran northwards from Polegate to Tunbridge Wells (this can be 6 or 2 miles as you prefer) either way ends up in a Greek Restaurant…….naturally!!

Monday

A very simple final morning sees us enjoying a private visit to our friends at the Bentley Miniature Railway before homeward bound journeys commence from Uckfield Station around midday.

Our Hotel

Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells

For three nights we are accommodated at the elegant, 4 stars, Spa Hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells. This classy place is set in 14 acres of grounds and is renowned for it’s excellent cuisine. After an active day treading the track-beds you might enjoy relaxing in the luxurious pool, sauna and spa.

Special note:

This holiday is a little more expensive than our standard 4 dayers but that is reflected in the quality of the hotel and the visits included, dining on steam trains and hiring of vineyard does not come cheap.

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Kent Steam Railway and Walking Holiday
Tour Reference: SS4/1
Friday, 23rd October
4 days/3 nights
£649
Single supplement £30.00 per night, sole occupancy of double room

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