This roughly 6km route follows a lot of the of the Rockbeare Manor Loop, but rather than being along the permissive paths and over rough ground, it is entirely on surfaced paths and country lanes making it perfect for those who want a circular bike route or a walk that you can take buggies on. Whilst much of this walk is on-road, they are rarely used by vehicles and any approaching traffic can be easily heard and avoided.
Starting in the centre of Rockbeare, there is on road parking available near the school and village hall. The nearest station is at Cranbrook on the Waterloo line, and the number 4 bus runs regularly along part of the route.
Leave Rockbeare heading towards Rockbeare Manor, with the village hall on your right, you will pass Gribble Lane on your left and the impressive Manor gates on your right. Take the next right turn into Rag Lane, and follow this past the old stable blocks and walled garden of the Manor, to where it becomes a bridleway and is now traffic free.
The path runs alongside (but completely safely fenced and separated from) the A30, which can make it noisy for a short way. The woods to the right of this path have amazing displays of bluebells in season and are well worth a visit in early summer. You will come to a division in the path, and rather than taking the permissive footpath ahead of you, you follow the signed bridleway to the left.
You will emerge on to a country lane and may encounter traffic (although I never have), where you need to turn right, and then take the next right (signposted to Rockbeare) past a farm where there are often cows who will take a great interest in your passing.
This lane is Silver Lane and will eventually take you back into Rockbeare, past the play area and football fields, where you will find the village hall on your right and can then return to your start point.