3 mile loop round Five Ashes


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A gentle walk of just under 3 miles mainly on quiet roads with a few short climbs. You can cut the walk down to 2.5 miles and avoid all footpaths (e.g. for cyclists, horse riders)
Length 4.5km (2.8 miles)
Terrain Mainly quiet roads but without pavements, one footpath at end
Difficulty Easy
Time 40 – 80 minutes
Suitability Walkers, dog walkers, cyclists and runners
Start Small green in middle of Five Ashes on east side of A267 by the pedestrian lights
Public transport No 251/252 bus, Heathfield to Tunbridge Wells stops right by the green.
Parking Park around the small green (room for a handful of cars) -OS map reference TQ 558 248


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Set off down Leeds Lane, the road that leads away from the main A267 Heathfield – Tunbridge Wells Road. As with the roads on the majority of this route it is quiet and it would be suprising if you met more than half a dozen cars in the next two miles.  However there are no pavements so you should stay alert and keep dogs under control.

Photo of the side view of Leeds Meade taken from Leeds LaneLook out for the lovely Leeds Meade on your right as you leave the village and then meander along the lane as it descends gently with views over fields on your left towards Wellbrook on the edge of Mayfield.  In about 3/4 mile you come to a junction with Mere’s Lane where you turn right and climb steeply for a while and then more gently.

After a further 3/4 mile you come to a turning right downhill on Frog Hole Lane.  Just before this, notice the views towards Five Ashes on the ridge to your right.

Go downhill on Frog Hole Lane then uphill to regain the same height and in 1/2 mile you come back to the A267 Heathfield-Tunbridge Wells Road.  Here you can turn right and follow the pavement alongside the main road to return to the starting point.  This would make a walk of about 2 1/2 miles and avoids the one possibly muddy section of the full walk.

For the full walk, cross the main road and turn left along the verge and facing the oncoming traffic for 100 yards.  Just before the sign for “Jesmond Dene” turn right down a narrow path between bushes.  The path can be muddy and stones and branches have been laid out to try and improve the footing in the wettest places.  After about 200 yards, you come out onto Dog Kennel Lane and turn right.

After a further couple of hundred yards and an uphill you come back into the village of Five Ashes and arrive at the main road just opposite the green from which you started.  There is a pedestrian crossing you can now use to return to the start.