Slow right down on the bends and as you enter the village of Bells Yew Green. You might want to take a peek at Lamb’s Larder – a very different convenience store-cum-farm shop. It is full of local produce and takeaway tea and coffee.
Otherwise, carry on past the pretty little green and crossroads keeping the Brecknock Arms on the right towards Lamberhurst.
The first obligatory stop is the historic ruins of Bayham Abbey. Don’t drive too fast or else you’ll miss it!
A spectral sight owned by English Heritage and a low key attraction. If you come early enough it is incredibly atmospheric with the hanging mist!
Open during Spring and Summer with the bare minimum of facilities it is a peaceful place to spend an hour.
Continue in the direction of Lamberhurst. You will see The Elephants Head and The Vineyard pubs on the way – both serve food if you need some sustenance.
When you reach the crossroads at Lamberhurst Quarter village green, go straight over past The Brown Trout pub. At the T-junction ahead of you is the entrance to Scotney Castle and Gardens.
A National Trust property, Scotney Castle is the second obligatory sight on this tour and it is open all year round. Particularly known for its gardens whether it’s Autumn or Summer, a stroll here is a veritable highlight amongst the paths of azaleas, roses and Japanese maples.
Naturally, you will come across the tea room where you can take the weight off and savour the homemade country food and sample the Scone of the Month!
After spending a couple or 3 hours here, exit the Castle and its exuberant gardens and join the A21 heading south towards Hastings.