The town of Edenbridge is on the Kent/Surrey border on the upper floodplain of the River Medway, surrounded by vineyards and orchards. Local fruit from the orchards can be bought at the nearby Penshurst Farmers’ Market, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month at Penshurst Place and brings together over 30 stalls of locally produced food and drink including fruit and vegetables, eggs, honey, fresh fish from Hastings, seafood from Rye, free-range meats and game, beer and fruit juices.
With a name deriving from the Old English language “Eadhelmsbrigge” (Eadhelm’s bridge) and once known for its iron industry, the town of Edenbridge makes a good base for breathtaking walks including the 15 mile Eden Valley walk, which starts at the nearby Haxted Mill. Edenbridge now attracts visitors from all over the world heading for thirteenth century Hever Castle. The childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I, and houses rare tapestries and art, while the award-winning gardens set in 125 acres include a lake and a Tudor herb garden.
built by Henry VIII to protect England from European invasion and was designed with an attractive rose floor plan. Also check out St Leonard’s Church, which is part Norman and features a cupola maintained by Trinity House as a landmark for shipping, and the quirky maritime clock: the Timeball Tower.