LATEST STATUS: January 2016 – one stile now replaced by a kissing gate and another one can be bypassed through a large gap
|A walk mainly on paths that goes from Mayfield to Rotherfield and then back by a different route|
|Length||8.7 miles (14 km)|
|Terrain||a few short stretches of road (just over 3 miles in total) and the rest on bridleways and footpaths|
|Points of interest||The Grade 1 listed St Denys church, Rotherfield just off the main route|
|Time||2.5 – 5 hrs|
|Suitability||Walkers, runners and joggers|
|Start||Rose & Crown, Fletching Street, Mayfield (TN20 6TE); OS grid reference TQ592271; GPS co-ordinates 51° 1’18.52″N, 0°16’6.04″E|
|Public transport||Bus route 251/252 between Tunbridge Wells and Heathfield/Eastbourne stops in Mayfield High Street, from where you can walk east (towards Tunbridge Wells) to the end of the High Street then straight ahead for 400 yards down Fletching Street to the left bend, just after which you find the Rose & Crown; the same bus also stops in Rotherfield so you could start the walk there (or cut the walk short if needed). 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||Small car park on green in front of the Rose & Crown. Also parking around the sides of the small green (but not on it) and on roads nearby|
Turn left out of the Rose & Crown and after 10yds left up the footpath to Court Meadow, where you take the right hand path then cut across the football pitch to the far corner, down the steps, across the track and over the stile into a field.
Follow the path through the field, over the stile into the next field and then in 60yds, at the crossing of footpaths, turn left taking the path down to the left of Glebe Farm, over a stile along a short path in trees, through a kissing gate (formerly a stile), then right on path keeping to the side of the field, through the gap at the side of another stile, downhill keeping at first to the side of the field and then when the descent becomes steeper, bearing left straight downhill to Banky Wood.
Go into the wood, down an uneven path to the stream and up a little the other side until you come to a track. Turn left through a gate and uphill between the edge of the field on your right and a grassy mound on your left. As the field levels off, the path turns slightly to the right and you go up through a gate and on a wide path between trees to a second gate and then beyond that to a grassy path between buildings at Old Place and up the drive onto Little Trodgers Lane.
Turn right onto the road and after only 50yds downhill at the start of trees on your left, turn left (through an entrance which is sometimes a bit overgrown) down a path at the edge of the woods for about 200yds, then at the end turn right with the path along the bottom edge of the wood to a stile at the end. Over the stile and turn left along the edge of the field, through a gate into a second field, and still keeping on the left edge to a stile on the far side. Over this stile and down a narrow path, over a bridge and up right to a stile. Over this and up the left hand side of the field to a crest where a grassy track turns diagonally right down to a gate and stile at the edge of the field at the bend in the road. Up the road (Bassetts Lane) ahead of you for about 400m then at the junction turn left (right hand fork leads into Great Trodgers).
Go up for under 100yds – as the road curves right there is an overgrown footpath on the right over a stile and through a field to gates either side of a driveway. Beyond this drive there are three fields that you have to cross in which you may find cattle. Straight up across the first field to a gate, and in the second field keep left then through a gap into a third field where you cut across a corner to a stile into woods. Take the narrow path through the woods to a wide (possibly muddy) track on which you turn right.
The track arrives at a field where you turn left uphill by the edge and come to the main A267. Turn right along the verge for 200yds to a large track on the left. Follow this track for over half a mile over a stream and up the other side. The track becomes Bletchinglye Lane which you follow to its junction with the Mark Cross-Rotherfield road at Catts Corner. Turn left and go carefully along the road which has no pavements until you come to Town Row where you cut across as the road turns right and left to go under the old railway bridge.
Go steeply uphill on the B2100 (Station Road) for about 300yds then, where the road turns left, follow the track (Chant Lane) which carries straight on. Ignore the footpath on the left and go straight up the track for half a mile, with a sharp uphill at the end, until you come to a road.
Turn left and follow the road for half a mile back into Rotherfield where you go straight ahead at the junction, past Catts Inn and across the road then immediately left on the far side of the Kings Arms onto a footpath which then turns right and goes across the top of the Millenium Green, onto a footpath to New Road, across into Horsegrove Lane and into a field at the far end. Keep to the left of the field, then into another field where the path turns slightly right down across the field to a stile in the bottom edge.
This leads to a path (past a pigstye on the left I think) and down for a few hundred yards to a road (Sheriff’s Lane) across to a path the other side which then leads you across a couple of fields to come out on Yew Tree Lane. Turn right and follow the road for over half a mile until you come out onto the A267 opposite Trull’s Hatch. Turn left and go along the main road carefully for 200yds to a large track on your right which you take. This leads you behind Trulls Hatch, down by an angling society pond, over a stream and up the other side. After about 1 mile, you come out onto Bassetts Lane again. Turn right for about 800yds to the railway bridge, where a path leads down on the right. Turn left under the railway bridge and follow this path until it comes to the Tunbridge Road Wells back into Mayfield.
Turn left back towards Mayfield and then in about 20yds go through the kissing gate on the right into a field with horse jumps. Cut across it to the far side and turn left to go through a gap in the hedge and follow the right side of the next field. Cross over a stile, then turn left at the footpath junction and follow the side of an all-weather sports pitch. At the end turn right and come to the drive of Mayfield School. Turn left towards the road which you cross to go along a wide track for 200 yds. Just before a gate turn right up steps and come back to the football pitch on Court Meadow that you crossed on at the beginning of your walk. Retrace your steps for the last 400yds back to your starting point at the Rose & Crown.