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|A 5½ mile route, mainly through woodland and along lanes, with a short section along the busy A267 Mayfield – Tunbridge Wells Road|
|Length||9km (5.6 miles)|
|Terrain||Footpaths and tarmac roads|
|Points of interest||Great Trodgers 16C timber-framed building, largely tile-hung and weatherboarded|
|Time||100 – 180 minutes|
|Start||South Street car park, Mayfield (TN20 6DF) ; grid reference TQ586268 ; GPS co-ordinates 51° 1’11.14″N, 0°15’42.34″E|
|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. There is also a community bus to & from Wadhurst twice a day. For detailed bus timetables go to the Mayfield and Five Ashes website|
|Parking||Car park for 50 cars in South Street, which can be full at peak times|
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Leave car park by steps. Turn left into South Street and after approx. 50 yards turn right up Star Lane to the High Street. Turn right past the Middle House Hotel, and follow the High Street as it bears left with the Mayfield Church of England School on the right. Past the wrought iron gates of the King George V Playing Fields and the Fire Station on the right and St Leonards Mayfield School on the left to junction with Little Trodgers Lane.
Proceed down Little Trodgers Lane past Old Palace Farm on left. Bear right at fingerpost down drive with Old Place Farm on right onto green track. Follow track down towards Banky Wood. Over culverted Furnace Brook (site of the Mayfield Gunfoundry), to marker post. Bear left uphill on a rough eroded track along edge of wood. Leaving wood, with wire fence on the left, continue to steel gate opening onto Little Trodgers Lane.
Turn right uphill for approx. 400 yards, passing Heronry Wood and House on right, to crest of hill. This road can be dangerous due to fast-moving traffic. Then turn left down concrete road (the previous fingerpost here is reported to be broken/missing). Proceed down drive, with views to Mayfield to left, and over cattle grid. After another 15 yards, left through gate at signpost. Downhill, keeping wire fence on left, to corner of wood. Behind the wire fence is an owl swoop. This is a designated area which allows owls to “swoop” for food. Through kissing gate and then metal gate on left to turn right and proceed downhill with hedge on right to metal gate into wood. Enter wood, then over Furnace Brook by footbridge, continue short distance to next gate. Through the gate into meadow, then straight ahead to steps and wicket gate.
Turn right up lane, past lakes and Great Trodgers, to road junction in front of white bungalow. Turn left on concrete road. Ignore track downhill on left and bear right round bend to grass overgrown ditch on right with tile and waymarker. The footpath continues across field through two steel gates to cross road to Great Trodgers and then to right hand corner of wood. Through gate, and keeping wood on left, cross two meadows. Halfway along side of second meadow bear right to stile into wood. Through wood to join track bearing right to steel gate. Left through gate, keeping wood on left, proceed to stile onto A267.
Turn left along verge towards Mayfield. Cross drive to Great Trodgers on left and proceed to bridleway on left just before Little Abbots and Trulls Hatch. Left through wooden gate onto surfaced bridleway. Straight on past lake on right to fordable stream with a small waterfall. Proceed uphill to wooden gate leading onto Bassetts Lane. Turn left and follow metalled road past Great Wallis Farm on right. As road bears left at 3 way fingerpost, turn right through gate. Continue uphill, keeping wire fence on right, to stile at corner of field. Over stile and into wood to cross footbridge. Uphill through wood to stile into meadow. In the Furnace Brook Valley on the left was a dam, which held back the water that fed the lower ponds of the Mayfield Gunfoundry. Cross field to metal gate. Through gate, and ignoring footpath off to right, proceed uphill keeping hedge on right. Then downhill to stile at corner of wood. Into wood and follow track with fence on right. At gate in fence, turn left uphill on broad track through wood to exit onto Little Trodgers Lane.
Turn right into lane to return to start of walk.