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This day out is built around a group lunch at midday, two courses with coffee, in a very fine country pub at Benenden in Kent after which we explore the beautiful Kent countryside from high in the coach and visit Cranbrook the capital of the High Weald.

Meet the Guide in Benenden at 11.45am for lunch at midday. The handsome old pub, in this pretty village where Princess Anne went to school, is very popular with the local country set. The Georgian courtesan Kitty Fisher was quite possibly the first British celebrity

- famous for being famous! So famous that she made it into a nursery rhyme - Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it… Kitty was buried in her ball gown at Benenden church.

By coach we tour the High Weald, a patchwork landscape of woodland and rolling hills, little changed for hundreds of years.

We are heading to Cranbrook, the Capital of the Weald. This handsome market town is today quite a sleepy sort of place but there is much evidence of a substantial past. HE Bates, who knew Cranbrook well wrote in The Darling Buds of May:

Cranbrook is a village giving the impression of trying to remember what once made it important.

We'll do our bit to help on a little guided tour that reveals its secrets. Prepare to be charmed. There are old fashioned shops, interesting buildings and places where you can settle to buy tea before heading for home at 4.30pm.

Adults & Seniors: £36

Monday - Saturday all year

Price Valid to 31 March 2020

35 miles