Appledore is an attractive linear Kent village located on the edge of the Walland Marsh (6 miles) from Rye and situated between Tenterden (5 miles) and New Romney (7 miles) on the B2080.
There are several theories as to how its name came about, but the most likely explanation is that this is the Saxon word for Appletree. In earlier times, Apuldre was a port on an estuary invaded by the Danish army in AD892. Today the royal military canal, the only waterway, stretches along the Appledore Road to Rye in one direction and Walland Marsh in the other offering wonderful country walks, cycling, or fishing along its tree lined banks. This pretty, well kept village, has an attractive main street with a wealth of ancient dwellings, ranging from tile and weatherboard cottages, to larger farm houses and grand houses, situated either side of a long main street with a central village stores and post office and at the southern end of the village the medieval church of St Peter and St Paul. https://www.appledorepc.kentparishes.gov.uk.
Adjoining the church is the village pub called the Black Lion, https://www.blacklion-pub.com which serves traditional home cooked food and benefits from outdoor seating at the front with pleasant views down the main street.
Other retailers include a bridal boutique, an antique emporium and a high-class tea room, ‘Miss Mollets’ whose cream teas, cakes and pastries are delightful. Within the middle of the village is a childrens’ playground and village playing field which hosts a number of events including the annual Classic Car show, while the northern end of the village is known as Appledore Heath.
The Gusbourne Winery estate is situated 1 mile from the village, https://www.gusbourne.com promoting a range of fine English wines, while nearby is an 80 acre Parkwood woodland ideal for local dog walks and renowned for its blue bells in spring and for nightingales.
Local primary schools can be found in neighbouring villages of Brookland https://www.brookland.kent.sch.uk and Ham Street https://www.ham-street.org.uk while senior schools can be found at Tenterden https://www.homewood-school.co.uk and in Ashford https://www.highworth.kent.sch.uk and https://www.nks.kent.sch.uk .
Appledore railway station lies two miles to the south of the main village and provides directs services to Hastings and Ashford International where there are fast connections to London St Pancras (37 minutes) as well as connections to the Eurostar services to Europe. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/apd/details.html