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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle|
|Author: FSH Team, Published: 12 May 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Crowhurst|
|A 4 mile linear walk from Crowhurst rail station to Battle rail station in East Sussex, forming the 12th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route passes through Fore Wood, a little known woodland which is an RSBP Nature Reserve, takes you past an oast house and has plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way. |
The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex.
This quiet section rises and falls gently as your route takes you on the lower edges of the High Weald. Some sections of the woodland paths can be very muddy at times and could also be a little overgrown. You will need to negotiate some stiles and several farm gates. One field has grazing livestock so take particular care with dogs. There are no facilities or refreshments until you reach Battle but there are several places to stop for a picnic on the way. The return leg can be completed with a single 5 minute train journey. Allow 2 hours.
The walk starts at Crowhurst rail station and ends at Battle rail station. The two stations are connected by an hourly train service and the journey takes just 4 minutes. Crowhurst rail station is on the main London - Tunbridge Wells - Hastings line. The typical off-peak service is one train per hour to London Charing Cross via Tunbridge Wells and one train per hour to Hastings. Crowhurst parking rates are: Mon-Fri £2.80, Sat £2.00, Sun and Bank Holidays £1.00 (correct May 2016). Approximate postcode for Crowhurst rail station is TN33 9DD.
|Start to Forewood Lane|
Start point: 50.8885 lat, 0.5012 long
With Crowhurst rail station behind you (and the sound of birdsong all around in the spring and summer months) head downhill along the right-hand pavement of Station Road. Follow this road until you see the church ahead of you at the junction with Forewood Lane. The parish church, which is dedicated to St George, has a sandstone tower dating from the 15th century. A ruined manor house is nearby which was built by Walter de Scotney in 1250 but is now mostly rubble overgrown with ivy. However you can still see its distinctive gable end with a pointed doorway and large window.
|Forewood Lane to Farm Gate|
Start point: 50.8835 lat, 0.4979 long
At the junction with Forewood Lane, turn right. (NOTE: If you are continuing your walk from Trail Part 11, pick up the directions from this point). Follow the pavement just a few yards until you are alongside the wall of Crowhurst Primary School. Then swap to the left-hand side of the road and take the path which skirts to the right of the church grounds. Stay on this path as it joins the pavement and then continues along the left-hand side of Forewood Lane.
|Farm Gate to Wooden Bench|
Start point: 50.8859 lat, 0.4898 long
NOTE: There may be livestock in this next field. Go through the small wooden gate (to the left of the farm gate) and cross the open field heading slightly to your right. A yellow 1066 Country Walk arrow shows the direction.
|Wooden Bench to Lane at Stumbletts Wood|
Start point: 50.8886 lat, 0.4851 long
Follow the path until you come out of the woodland and then turn left to cross a wooden bridge over Powdermill Stream. Follow the path right across the centre of the open field ahead of you.
|Lane at Stumbletts Wood to Powdermill Lane|
Start point: 50.8931 lat, 0.4809 long
Continue on up the lane, taking care of any occasional traffic. Continue past the oast house at Peppering Eye Farm. Its pointed roof with a Sussex blinkered cowl has recently been reconstructed, after many years of disuse. Traditionally the 'oast' was a kiln with a chamber fired by charcoal below with the drying floor for the hops directly above. The steep pitched roof channelled the hot air through the hops and then it escaped through the top. The barn section was called the stowage because it had a cooling area and storage space at ground floor level.
|Powdermill Lane to Junction of Pathways|
Start point: 50.9022 lat, 0.4797 long
Despite its pretty name, Powdermill Lane is a very busy road so cross carefully and head for the footpath on the bank opposite, slightly to your right and signed 1066 Bexhill Link. Go over the stile and follow the narrow, single file pathway which skirts the right-hand side of the large field.
|Junction of Pathways to Battle Abbey|
Start point: 50.9125 lat, 0.4775 long
Continue to follow your footpath to the right, where the line of trees on your right becomes a wider wooded area. As you walk towards the town of Battle you will see the rooftops ahead. This area is known as George Meadows, Upper Stumbletts (and you may come across livestock here). Continue, keeping a wall to your right until you enter Park Lane and you see ahead the unmistakable and imposing entrance to Battle Abbey.
|Battle Abbey to End|
Start point: 50.9151 lat, 0.4837 long
Follow the pavement in front of the Abbey entrance. If you are continuing onto Trail Part 13, turn left along the High Street. Otherwise, turn right to continue along the busy High Street with the Abbey wall on your right. This road becomes Upper Lake. At the roundabout, turn right into Lower Lake and carefully swap to the left-hand pavement. Continue and, where the road widens in front of Senlac Inn, take the turning on your left, Station Approach. Cross to the right-hand pavement and continue to Battle rail station where this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail ends.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author korman and may not be reproduced without permission.
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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