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|Nevill Crest and Gun and Broadwater Warren|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 02 Sep 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Eridge Green|
|A 4 mile circular pub walk from the Nevill Crest and Gun in Eridge Green, East Sussex. The Nevill Crest and Gun is more than 500 years old and takes its name from the Nevill family, the Earls of Abergavenny, on whose estate the pub was built. The walking route follows a loop through the two adjoining nature reserves – Eridge Rocks and Broadwater Warren. The woodland walk is really beautiful with mixed woodland, sandstone outcrops and open heath being home to a wide range of birds, dormice and Exmoor ponies. |
The route has several climbs and descents throughout and the woodland and heath paths can get very muddy in winter and after wet weather so good boots are recommended. There are no stiles and three kissing gates to negotiate. Dogs are welcome in the nature reserves but must be kept on leads in some parts and kept to the paths in the remaining areas. The open heath is grazed by Exmoor ponies. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.
Eridge Green is located on the A26 between Royal Tunbridge Wells and Crowborough. The walk starts and finishes at the Nevill Crest and Gun pub which is on the main A26 Eridge Road, on the right-hand side as you are travelling south. If the pub and its car park are very busy, you may find it easier to park in the Broadwater Reserve car park (Waypoint 4) on Broadwater Forest Lane and adjust the walk to start half way round. Approximate post code for pub TN3 9JR. Approximate post code for reserve car park TN3 9JP.
|Start to Eridge Rocks|
Start point: 51.0997 lat, 0.2243 long
Come out of the pub car park and turn right along the pavement, with the main A26 road running on your left. On the right you’ll pass the Holy Trinity Eridge Church. Immediately afterwards turn right down the small access road, marked as a public footpath to Park Corner.
|Eridge Rocks to Veteran Oak|
Start point: 51.0983 lat, 0.2194 long
Return to the main lane and turn right for just a few paces, then turn right again onto the woodland footpath signed for the High Weald Landscape Trail. Follow the path over the brow of the hill and beginning to descend. You’ll emerge to a T-junction with a quiet tarmac lane, turn right along this. After just 30 yards (well before you reach the buildings ahead), turn right again onto the next woodland footpath.
|Veteran Oak to Boardwalks|
Start point: 51.1051 lat, 0.2189 long
Turn left here, along the level woodland path (marked as the Nature Trail with white arrows). At the T-junction turn right and at the second T-junction turn left (still marked with a white arrow). Shortly you’ll come to a major crossroads in the path. Turn right along the main woodland wide track. Look out for the wood ants marching across the paths.
|Boardwalks to Nature Reserve Car Park|
Start point: 51.1106 lat, 0.2133 long
Follow the boardwalks as they zig-zag across the boggy marsh area – the iron-rich soil turns the pools of water bright orange. Cross a small stream and, as you step off the final boardwalk, turn right again marked with the white arrow.
|Nature Reserve Car Park to Decoy Pond|
Start point: 51.1131 lat, 0.2189 long
Cross over the car park and take the path immediately to the right of the main information noticeboard. Pass through the large kissing gate (note you may come across Exmoor Ponies grazing from this point) and turn right down the wide well-made track.
|Decoy Pond to End|
Start point: 51.1063 lat, 0.2255 long
Beyond the pond, follow the main track as it climbs steadily and then levels off. Take the next major path off to the right, again signed with a white arrow. When you come to the major fork in the path, take the left fork (leaving the white arrow nature trail which goes off right). Follow this obvious path for some distance passing through the mixed woodland.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
Very good walk, muddy in winter so wear wellies.
|By jenniferjane on 2016-02-16 13:24:54|
very nice walk. took wrong turns a few times but the 9 mile walk to get here is getting the blame. well worth it though.
|By delboy63 on 2016-08-12 11:42:43|
Fantastic, quiet woodland walk, I started in the nature reserve car park, so avoided all the road sections.
|By jansmith on 2016-09-11 09:45:58|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
We were surprised at the size of the rock formation which you see on the last leg of the walk.
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
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