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Also available to choose is an Ordnance Survey map showing the route (The map actually shows the route travelled in the opposite direction)
LATEST STATUS: March 2016 – nothing to report except the usual early spring mud
|This walk is mainly on paths with some roads. It starts and ends at Wadhurst Station. Just after halfway it goes through the lovely village of Mayfield, a good place to stop for a meal or other refreshments|
|Length||15.8 miles (25 km)|
|Terrain||a few short stretches of road (just over three and a half miles in total) and the rest on bridleways and footpaths|
|Points of interest||Churches in Wadhurst and Mayfield dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Medieval buildings in Mayfield and historic cannon of the type made in the area 500 years ago. Beautiful views over the High Weald. ‘Clootie’ tree – a tree decorated with ribbons and pieces of cloth that people have left while making a wish|
|Time||4 – 8 hrs|
|Suitability||Walkers, runners and joggers|
|Start||Wadhurst Station (TN5 6RZ); OS grid reference TQ622330; GPS co-ordinates 51.073390N, 0.313288E|
|Public transport||Trains normally every half hour to and from London (via Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks) and to and from Hastings. The journey time is about 70 minutes from London Charing Cross or Cannon Street and 40mins from Hastings. Select the Charing Cross to Hastings timetable here.
Bus numbers 254, 256 and 356. Select here for a bus map and links to further information
|Parking||Large car park at Wadhurst station, £1 on Sunday, £3.10 on Saturday, otherwise £4.60-£5.20 on weekdays depending on arrival time
There is also space for cars to park on the side of the road in a rough layby 100 yards before the station on the left hand side when coming from Wadhurst. However this is normally full during commuting hours.
- Left out of car park, right in 100yds, then left in 120yds onto Sussex Border path
- Keep on Sussex Border path for nearly 3 miles (4.5K), first north/north-east to Great Shoesmiths Farm then generally south-east past Woods Green to meet B2100 near Pell Green
- Take road towards Pell Green, then (overgrown) footpath to cut corner, road down Pell’s Hill then footpath up to Wadhurst Church
- Cross main road and down Washwell Lane opposite then footpaths to edge of Snape Wood
- In Snape Wood, route follows main tracks on a dogleg south then north, rather than on a difficult to find footpath, to reach pedestrian railway crossing with no barriers (take care!)
- Footpath up to cross Riseden Road then more paths to meet Tidebrook Road just north of telephone kiosk (NOTE: after passing house in Tidebrook and then going down its drive, the path goes through a field slightly to the north of where it is marked on the OS maps)
- Cross the Tidebrook Road onto a bridleway then take footpath up past Mousehall. At top cross Lake Street and follow footpaths down and up to Mayfield, passing a “Clootie” tree at edge of woods near abandoned swimming pool
- Mayfield provides a choice of pubs, cafes and shops for refreshments as well as public conveniences. In addition there are many historic buildings and sites of historic interest.
- Leave Mayfield by North Street, a tiny pedestrian path between the opticians and the shop “Four Winds” then take footpaths through the grounds of Mayfield School
- Cross the Tunbridge Wells Road just before it reaches the A267 then follow the bridleway along the disused railway
- Take Bassetts Lane towards Great Trodgers Farm but just before farm turn right onto footpath up to Little Trodgers Lane opposite Mayfield Grange
- Uphill on road to junction with Lake Street then across to footpath past Highfields Farm then down to bridleway
- Left on bridleway then bear right onto footpath towards Bassetts (NOTE: the bridleway/footpath junction is slightly east of where it is shown on OS and ESCC footpath maps)
- Take footpath up past Bensfield Farm to reach B2100, right along road to next junction, then track and path down past Lorien Arboretum to reach Fairglen Rd.
- Left down road then take path cutting through to Tapsell’s Lane and joining the Sussex Border Path. Follow this down across another open railway crossing and up to B2099 where you are 100 yds above Wadhurst station.