15 Jan 2014 – the paths were extremely muddy and slippery after the recent heavy rains (but it must be much drier now). Cordbatt Hill is closed for vehicles but open for walkers
|A short walk including 1/2mile in woods beside a small stream|
|Length||2.9km (1.8 miles)|
|Terrain||Half road but rest is narrow, winding paths which can be very muddy|
|Difficulty||Easy with just one short very steep road section and two short climbs on footpaths|
|Suitability||Walkers, walkers with dogs|
|Start||Rose & Crown, Fletching Street, Mayfield (TN20 6TE); OS grid reference TQ592271; GPS co-ordinates 51° 1’18.52″N, 0°16’6.04″E|
|Public transport||Bus route 51/251/252 between Tunbridge Wells and Heathfield/Eastbourne stops in Mayfield High Street, from where it is a 400yd walk|
|Parking||Small car park in front of the Rose & Crown. Also parking around the sides of the small green (but not on it) and on roads nearby.|
View 2 mile loop via a shaded stream in a larger map
With the Rose & Crown on your left, follow Fletching Street as it curves right and goes uphill. In 200m take the first turning left into The Avenue, then in another 200m turn left down Cordbatt Hill (15 Jan 14 – currently closed to vehicles). After 100m bear left onto Vale Road
In 150m you come to the end of the road. Ignore the footpath which turns to the right just beforehand and carry straight on to the path at the left side of driveway.
Follow the footpath for 600m until you come to a bridge and turn right at the end to immediately cross another bridge.
You now walk through a wood, following a stream on your right hand side which can vary from a trickle during dry times to a fast-flowing brook after rain.
After about 300m you will see a pool fed by a small waterfall, a delightful sight especially when the sun is shining through the canopy ahead.
After a further 200m, initially leaving the stream further on your right then returning to it, you turn right at the junction of footpaths to cross the stream on a bridge and climb the bank opposite. Across a stile, with a gate for dogs at the side, along a path to the second stile on the route, again with a dog gate, across a field and then up a narrow stony path to emerge on Vale Road.
Turn right and note the tiny “Mini Cottage” on your right. Turn left at the first junction in 100m and now you retrace your steps up Cordbatt Hill, along The Avenue and down Fletching Street to return to the Rose & Crown.