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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchingham

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchingham
Author: korman, Published: 13 Jul 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchinghamstar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchinghamstar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchinghamstar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchinghamstar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchingham
East Sussex, Robertsbridge
Walk Type: Long distance path
Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchingham
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchingham boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 14: Robertsbridge to Etchingham
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A 3 mile linear walk from Robertsbridge rail station to Echtingham rail station in East Sussex forming the 14th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This fairly easy stroll is mainly through fields, with lovely views of the distinctive oak trees of the wooded valley of the River Rother. The return leg can be completed with a single 5 minute train journey.

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 is the shortest and also one of the most rural of all the walks that make up the Sussex Hospices Trail. Underfoot you are walking on clay which can be muddy. There are a few stiles and there may be livestock in some of the fields. Allow 2 hours.

Robertsbridge rail station is on the Hastings Line and train services are provided by Southeastern. The ticket office is open on weekday mornings only. If you care coming by car the post code for Robertsbridge rail station is TN32 5DJ. The return journey can usually be made by a peak time hourly train from Etchingham rail station which takes 5 minutes.

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Walk Sections

Start to Pathway Turn
Start to Pathway Turn

Start point: 50.9849 lat, 0.469 long
End point: 50.991 lat, 0.4671 long

With Robertsbridge rail station on your right turn right onto Brightling Road. Staying on the right-hand pavement, cross the level crossing and then continue a few steps until you come to the signed footpath on your right. Turn right and continue between the houses and a wooden fence. (NOTE: If you are continuing your walk from Trail Part 13, pick up the directions from this point). Follow the footpath as it bears right, then left and then go through a circular kissing gate to emerge into a field.

Stay on the right-hand side of the field and follow the trodden path ahead. At the end of this field cross the stream on the little wooden bridge and then go up the wooden steps into the next field. Follow the right-hand path through this second field and then, at the end of the field, cross the footbridge and turn sharp left.

Pathway Turn to Squibs Farm
Pathway Turn to Squibs Farm

Start point: 50.991 lat, 0.4671 long
End point: 50.9983 lat, 0.4532 long

Follow the wide grassy track between the trees. At the end of the track, where there is an opening in the fence, turn right and go up the slope into the next field. Follow the narrow path closest to the right side of this field and, when the path meets a fenced area, continue on the narrow path to the right of the fence. Turn right at the metal gate into the next field then left to follow the footpath along the left edge of this field. Continue across a track to the corner of a crop field and then bear left along the narrow path diagonally across this field.

At end of this field cross a brick-sided bridge and follow the path which bears slightly to the left. Then bear right into the next field, keeping the trees on your right. Follow the path into the next field as it bears left, up a slope. The path is furrowed and follows alongside a hedge with open views across the Rother Valley. Enter the next field and follow the wide track to Squibs Farm ahead.

Squibs Farm to Farm Lane
Squibs Farm to Farm Lane

Start point: 50.9983 lat, 0.4532 long
End point: 51.0078 lat, 0.4452 long

The track bears left of a house (where you may come across barking dogs behind a fence) and onto a lane. Continue ahead and take the concrete path between a grass verge and silver birch trees. Follow this path as it veers to the right in front of two farm cottages and then bear left to follow the footpath along the left hand side of the field ahead. At the end of the field the path briefly bears right before dipping into a wooded area with lots of fallen trees. Underfoot it may be uneven here and may also be muddy, although the way is clear.

The path emerges from the wood and follows alongside a stream to your right. Cross the little bridge and follow the trodden path along the right side of the next field where there may be livestock. Go through the gate into the field with the farm buildings on your left. There may be livestock here. The trodden way is not very clear but you need to make a wide anti-clockwise arc around the farm buildings, keeping them on your left. You will emerge over a stile onto the lane near a large tree.

Farm Lane to End
Farm Lane to End

Start point: 51.0078 lat, 0.4452 long
End point: 51.0105 lat, 0.4424 long

Go straight across the lane, cross the stile and follow the trodden path through the two fields ahead. You will see the impressive Etchingham Church to your right. When you reach the village, cross the concrete bridge over the little River Dudwell. The building on your left is Etchingham Village Shop (where tea, coffee, cakes and savouries are available) which has stood on this site since 1860 and is now owned by the community. If you are continuing onto Trail Part 15, turn left along the High Street. Otherwise, carefully cross the busy road and turn right to follow the pavement along in front of the church. The village War Memorial in the churchyard was dedicated in 1921 and Rudyard Kipling attended the ceremony. Henry Corbould, who designed the stamp, The Penny Black, is buried in the churchyard. Turn left into Etchingham rail station where this part of the Sussex Hospices Trail ends.

We hope you have enjoyed walking this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. Its creation was possible thanks to the kind donation from Harriet and John Phipson. Harriet and John love the idea of the Sussex Hospices Trail and are sponsoring this section as it is nearest to their home.

Hospices deliver their services for free but such care is not cheap and they largely depend on funds raised from their local communities. We would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation either to your local hospice, wherever that may be, or to the Friends of Sussex Hospices in order to support these invaluable services.

To donate £5 to the Friends of Sussex Hospices text SHTR16 £5 to 70070. Tap the Listen button below (App only) to hear Kathy Gore, Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices, explaining why donations are so important.

Friends of Sussex Hospices, Registered Charity No. 1089306
http://www.friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donations

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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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