Type:Towns & Villages

Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18 4NT
Hawkhurst sign


The ancient Wealden village of Hawkhurst is widely known for its beautiful surroundings and long history, not least for the notorious Hawkhurst Gang of ruthless smugglers who terrorized the neighbourhood in the 18th century.  

Hawkhurst today consists of two districts: The Moor with its beautiful Parish Church and village green, and Highgate with its village shops, centred on the attractive two hundred year old Colonnade. The heritage is all around you throughout the village, and is made easily enjoyable by exploring the Hawkhurst Heritage Trail.

Hawkhurst is ideally placed, set as it is within the inspiring landscape of the High Weald, within easy reach of the sea, of interesting historical towns like Rye, Tunbridge Wells, Battle and Hastings, and excellent countryside attractions; including Bedgebury National Pinetum, Bewl Water reservoir and world famous houses and gardens.

Nearer at hand, the village is surrounded by ancient woodlands, orchards and pasture land, all easily accessible by walking some of the many surrounding public footbaths. And if at the end of the day you are looking to relax over a pint of Kentish ale, or sample some excellent local food, Hawkhurst can supply that too.

So come and discover the Crossroads of the Weald

For more information, visit the official tourism website for Hawkhurst.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car
Hawkhurst is on the A229, which links it to the M20 in the North, or the A21, linking it to Hastings in the South.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus
Arriva Kent and Sussex runs services between Hawkhurst and other Kent and Sussex towns and villages. For more details visit www.traveline.org.uk

By Train
The nearest train station is Robertsbridge, 5 miles away. Alternatively Wadhurst and Battle are both about 9 miles away. The stations are on the Hastings to London line. For further information call 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.org.uk

What's Nearby

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