Cranbrook - the smallest town in Kent - is built between two hills: one is dominated by the Union Mill, the other by the well-known schools and St Dunstan. Inside the church there are two wodden roundels with strange and quite scaring images: I've never seen something similar into a church before. The illustrative panel says they date back to the end of the Middle Age!
I follow a big road (A229, not so busy luckily), until I meet the National Cycle Network n. 18, wich I take on the right. I pass a farm with a lot of different coloured llamas, or something similar: here in Kent it'is easy to find farmers breeding this exotic animals.
I find again the Cycle Network and follow it for a few miles, to reach the National Pinetum. Here I let the bike locked to a fence, and enjoy without rush this beautiful, unique place. Here you can find the highest number of different species of pines all together in Europe. Some of the trees have informative panels, where you can read of their history and curiosities.
I'm not satisfied yet: I know there is something worth to see without moving too far away from Bedgebury. On my map there aren't footpaths, but as usual I try to use my intuition, just following the direction that seems to be right; and as usual, I'm lucky; after a long hill, a bridleway appears: it's a long, exiting downhill straightfoward to the Scotney Castle Gardens. In the middle of wide fields, with shy sheep, the suddenly you see the old castle surrounded by a little lake.
Another footpath, the last one for today, allows me to go out from the gardens area, near Lambehurst. Then, following country road -I need some asphalt at least - in the very heart of the Kent countryside, I come back to Headcorn: a cool apple cider is waiting for me as an award!