LATEST STATUS: 7th January 2014 was extremely muddy and slippery in the wood but it must have improved by now
|A walk up into the woods and back again with some steep climbs and descents|
|Length||4.8km (3 miles)|
|Terrain||Some road and tracks but a great deal on paths that can be muddy|
|Points of interest||Bivelham Farm Forge, a 16th century timber framed building and Pound Cottage, 17th century with thatched roof|
|Suitability||Walkers including those with dogs|
|Start||Witherenden Road by drive to Bivelham Forge Farm (MR 637266).|
|Public transport||No close public transport link. Nearest, No 52 bus, Eastbourne to Tunbridge Wells stops in Mayfield High Street, approx. 4 miles from start of walk.
Car parking: Witherenden Road, parking on verge by drive to Bivelham Forge Farm (MR 637266) for a few cars
|Parking||Car park for 50 cars in South Street, which can be full at peak times|
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Start up concrete drive sign posted Bivelham Forge Farm. Fine view overlooking Rother Valley to Witherenden Hill. At slight right hand bend, in dip in drive, take left hand drive. Marker post indicating Batts Wood. Follow drive, past house on right, to signpost hidden in hedge.Turn right uphill, keeping wood on right to metal Glynde Estates fingerpost. Bear left up across field to stile and opening to Batts Wood. Extensive views behind.
Through gate into wood, then bear right to information board. Straight ahead down a steep and muddy rutted track. This stretch can be very slippery. Ignore tracks on left and right, downhill, now a grassy track, to waymarker. Turn right, then immediately left down footpath. At next footpath junction turn left. Do not go straight ahead to Den’s Bridge. Continue along track with high deer fence in trees on right. Past high metal gate and Wadhurst Lake on right. Lookout for
footprints, along this stretch, of animals which have been baulked by the fence: deer slots and the smaller ones of the fawns, the occasional broad badger print and the finer one of foxes. Do not confuse these with dog prints which have a heavier claw.
Continue along fence line, over a culverted stream and small gully to a second large wired gate with “Strictly Private” sign. Turn left uphill along a rutted track that can be muddy and slippery. Ignore tracks to left and right. At top of track bear slightly right by waymarker onto track partly overgrown with brambles, then left to information board with map of woods.
(The walk may be shortened by turning left at this point on broad path along ridge to original entry point to wood)
Turn right after information point down track which leaves wood, and keeping hedge on left, joins stone chip drive leading to Doozes Farm. Turn left down drive for approx. 800 yards (1/2 mile) to junction with bridleway. Waymarker indicating Batts Wood and Mayfield. Follow drive bearing left, to wicket gate onto Witherenden Lane. Cross road and through metal gate with “Dogs must be kept on lead” sign. Round edge of garden of thatched Pound Cottage, bearing half right to metal gate at left of copse. Through gate, and continue along right of meadow overlooking a steep bank. Note WWII pillbox built into bank. At corner of field turn right down bank and over stile into Witherenden Road. Turn left for 100 yards to return to start of walk.