Saxonbury Tower - Rotherfield/Mark Cross

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

A magical tower hidden in the woods. Saxonbury Tower is a Grade II listed building that sits quietly within a woodland between Mark Cross and Rotherfield. It's one of a series of follies or observation towers built for the Nevill Estate. Or possibly the home to a mystical dragon or where Harry Potter battles Voldermalt?

Apparently it's one of three towers (other two smaller), but you can't access the others. The path to the right of the tower leads to Eridge Estate - Thank you Kelly for letting us know, maybe a future walk for us.

How to access it?

It's very, very hidden, with no official entrance - but sits next to a lane called Danegate. We came in via the Tunbridge Wells Road (right at the fork once you're on Danegate lane) and actually drove past it. We turned around near a farm and suddenly saw the roof peering from behind the trees, so made our way back to roughly where it would be. There is a basic lay-by that would fit about three cars on your right (heading towards the Tunbridge Wells Road) and on your left there is a gap (like someones pushed through foliage) in the trees/bushes which leads to the public path which takes you to the tower. Keep looking up as that's the only way we found it.

Is there a path?

Yes there is, but it's not suitable for a pushchair or wheels. It's very overgrown and some parts up hill. We had to keep guessing where there tower would be, and then saw it behind the trees and bushes. It looks like there was an old path which took you to the tower door, but a few trees have fallen over this, so you will need to climb over them to get closer.

Can we take our dog?

Yes, but I would keep them on a lead as there is livestock grazing the local fields and warning signs.

Sat Nav: You will need put Danegate (Rotherfield/Mark Cross) in your sat nav as there seems to be three postcodes for the road.

National Grid Reference: TQ 57781 32951


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