22 January 2016 – one stile is now replaced by a kissing gate and one other can be bypassed via a large gap
A two page booklet with walk description is available for download.
Note that it is now slightly outdated – one stile has been replaced by a kissing gate, the stile at the entrance to the first woods no longer exists and “Jacob’s Ladder” has been replaced by a stile.
|This enjoyable walk is well marked with stiles and fingerposts carrying the sign shown in the picture. It is easily adapted to start and finish at many different points.|
|Length||5.1km (3.2 miles)|
|Terrain||A few short sections on road but otherwise on well marked footpaths|
|Points of interest||Buildings in High Street, site of Mayfield gun foundry|
|Suitability||Walkers & walkers with small/medium size dogs (large dogs will have difficulty squeezing through some stiles)|
|Start||South Street car park, Mayfield (TN20 6DF) ; grid reference TQ586268 ; GPS co-ordinates 51° 1’11.14″N, 0°15’42.34″E though you can easily adapt it to start at other points|
|Public transport||Bus route 51/251/252 between Tunbridge Wells and Heathfield/Eastbourne stops in Mayfield High Street, from where you can walk west (away from Tunbridge Wells) for 50 yards and then turn down Star Lane, a small passage between Stone House and “Rosina Fabrics”. At the bottom turn left and arrive at the car park in 50 yards.|
|Parking||Car park for 50 cars in South Street, which can be full at peak times|
From the entrance to South Street car park, go straight ahead up , the one way street passing The Middle House car park on your left. At the top cross the High Street, and turn right along the pavement. Note the cannon on your left – you will later pass the site of Mayfield Gunfoundry where the cannon was made. Bear left into Tunbridge Wells Road after the gatehouse. After 100 metres, turn right into Memorial Hall car park and leave by the tarmac path along the right hand side of the Hall, passing the “All weather” court on your right then the Skateboard park on your left.
Leave the tarmac path where it branches and go straight ahead, making for the wooded corner of the football pitch. Here, go down 7 steps, cross the track and over the first stile. Turn right along the field boundary and climb over another stile. Then after about 50 metres fork left (fingerpost showing footpath crossing on your right near the hedge) and go down the path, leaving the house garden on your right.
Go over a stile behind the woodshed and through a kissing gate after 10 yards, then turn right along the field. After the next stile (you can go through a gap next to it), follow the field boundary until the path veers steeply downhill to the left and enters a wood. Cross a brook and then climb through the wood to a farm track. Turn right and at the bridge notice the remains of a dam on your left and the site of the Mayfield forge on your right. There is a panel which gives details of what was once once of the major iron-producing sites in England. It is difficult to imagine but this area was once a bustling hive of activity rather than the quiet rural landscape you now see.
Turn right and follow the stream for 400 yards until a narrow concrete bridge is reached on your right. Cross the bridge, straight ahead for 50 yards then fork left at the fingerpost and continue through the woods. Cross a brook then walk over a very muddy patch to a stile leading to a concrete track beside the Waterworks. At the end of this lane, turn right onto Coggins Mill Lane.
Walk uphill for 50 yards, turn left at the post box into a driveway and after about 50 yards turn left over a stile into a field. After the stile, keep left down the field and and go through the stile at the bottom up into a field on the other side. Keep straight up and turn right after the stile into the next field. Then left over after another stile and keep to the side of the field as the path dips into a little hollow and then climbs up to the hedge at the end. Over the stile turn right uphill following the field boundary to a double stile at the top. Take the route ahead over the stile with a dog latch, down the left side of one field and through an opening into another. Bear left towards Scots pines on the skyline on a footpath that keeps level initially then climbs slightly to the next dog latch stile leading onto East Street at Five Gables. Turn right towards the village.
After about 250 metres, with houses on your right, turn left down a fenced path. The path descends then climbs to reach Piccadilly Lane at the end. Turn right and follow the Lane for about 500 yards to the brow of the hill. Just after Old Sandall, the first house on your right, turn right over a stile, and then ignore the path diagonally down across the next field. Instead keep to the right of the high deer fence down to a stile into the woods. Take care since it can be slippery and muddy just beyond this. Cross the bridge and steps lead up to a gate. Continue up the hill keeping to the left of the fields over 2 more stiles (note the second one is right in the corner of the field – use this rather than the gate slightly lower down). Bear diagonally down the next field to a sleeper bridge and then up over a stile.
Turn left up the field to another stile and follow the path steeply up to arrive at the road, where The Carpenters’ Arms will be seen across the road on the right. To return to South Street car park, turn sharp left and then after 200 yards fork right up to the car park.