|Location Map ( geo)|
|To:||Camp Hill (TQ472301)|
|Via:||Lye Green, Friars Gate|
|Distance:||11.6 miles (18.7 km)|
|Meets:||B2176, A264, B2110, B2026|
|Route outline (key)|
The B2188 is a largely rural B-road in southeast England. It was not classified until around 1930.
The route starts in the centre of Penshurst, at the point where the B2176 from Southborough TOTSOs right towards Chiddingstone Common. Heading south-westward and south out of the village, we soon cross the River Eden before going over Smart's Hill and crossing a narrow bridge over the River Medway. This is a surprisingly steep valley and there's now quite a climb up to the village of Fordcombe, after which the road levels out (but continues to climb). Presently we reach a T-junction on the A264.
Originally the B2188 ended here; it was extended south in 1935 in a way not immediately apparent. A brief multiplex along the A264 to the left is followed by a longer one along the B2110, which we join by turning right at a second T-junction: this one a TOTSO for the Tunbridge Wells to East Grinstead A264.
The B2110 crosses the River Grom to enter Groombridge, and on the far side of town, after nearly two miles of multiplex, our route finally regains the B2188 number as the B2110 bears off to the right.
After going under the Oxted Line the road starts to climb up onto the High Weald, where it runs across undulating terrain comprised of woods and fields hidden behind tall hedges. There are no settlements of any size on this section. After a few miles the road ends on moorland at a T-junction by a car park on the B2026.