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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 16: Burwash Common to Heathfield|
|Author: DiSteele, Published: 27 Aug 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Burwash Common|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a linear route which relies on a bus for the return journey which runs Mon-Sat only. On Sundays you will need to use taxis. |
A 6 mile linear walk from Burwash Common to Heathfield, forming the 16th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route includes woodlands, grazing pastures, streams and meadows with short stretches of country lane, all within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Along the way you will see Braylsham Castle (pictured), a medieval-style castle built from scratch in 1993, as well as the Grade II listed Pottens Mill Farm.
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.
The terrain is mainly flat with a few fairly gentle inclines. The walk difficulty has been slightly upgraded due to the fact that several of the paths are very rarely used so not well-trodden and careful attention to the map is required (an OS map is a useful addition). There are a variety of stiles to cross, suitable throughout for medium sized dogs, and two gates that appear to be impassable for dogs, but closer inspection reveals chains with spring gate clips. You are likely to come across cattle in two of the fields with some friendly horses in the fifth section. Allow 4 hours.
The only available hospitality on the route is at your destination in Heathfield where a variety of cafes and restaurants can be found.
The only public transport to Burwash Common is the No. 31 bus which runs from Haywards Heath (via Uckfield and Heathfield) to Burwash Common, terminating at Hurst Green. The same bus can be used for the return leg. Buses normally run about every 2 hours Mon-Fri, with 4 buses on a Saturday and NO SERVICE on a Sunday. Check timetables before you travel and on Sundays you will need to make other arrangements, using taxis or two cars.
|Start to Cross A265|
Start point: 50.9864 lat, 0.3354 long
From the No. 31 bus stop on the main A265 in Burwash Common, walk on the pavement for a few metres until you see the junction of Vicarage Road and the A265 at the 40mph sign. Just into Vicarage Road you will find a rather concealed waymarker sign pointing right uphill. This takes you up a narrow incline with a hedge to your left and a picket fence on the right.
|Cross A265 to Bigknowle Hill|
Start point: 50.9863 lat, 0.327 long
Cross the busy A265 with care and turn left at an acute angle down Foxhole Lane (unnamed). Follow this road for about 800 metres, admiring the panoramic Wealden views to your right.
|Bigknowle Hill to Pottens Mill Lane|
Start point: 50.993 lat, 0.3106 long
Follow the metalled road which soon changes into a track, passing Chalet Farm and The Old Workshop. When you reach the gate to Taylors Farm on your right, turn left (signposted) into the field, passing some stables on your right. Climb the slope to the top where you will find a bridleway sign directing you right. Proceed a few metres to the next bridleway sign which points you down a hay field with trees and hedges on your right.
|Pottens Mill Lane to Street End Lane|
Start point: 50.9932 lat, 0.2917 long
Turn left down Pottens Mill Lane, ignoring the stile and waymark straight ahead. Walk for about 500 metres down this very quiet and charming country lane, between ancient hedgerows, until it swings left to meet (just after Rock Farm and at an acute angle) Street End Lane. Walk down Street End Lane for about 450 metres, passing Street End Farm and a post box on the left. Immediately after the house named Hornbeam Wood on your right you will find, also on the right, a waymarker footpath sign (along with a notice that dogs not on a lead will be shot, when we walked).
|Street End Lane to Newick Lane|
Start point: 50.9876 lat, 0.2872 long
Go over this stile and take your bearings from a distant electricity pylon on the horizon. Using that as your guide descend down the field to find a gap in the far hedge. This leads obliquely left to pass through a rusted gate (with a hidden gate clip fastening) and waymarker sign. Continue across the stream, up the rough bank and through a further gate (similarly fastened). Enter the field and make for the top left-hand corner, to the left of a horse shelter. The horses are friendly but according to their owner, dislike umbrellas! Exit by the gate adjacent to the metalled drive.
|Newick Lane to Marklye Lane|
Start point: 50.9826 lat, 0.269 long
Turn left down Newick Lane and cross with great care as this is busy short-cut for traffic to Mayfield. Keeping on the right-hand verge you will find in 75 metres a waymarked narrow path to the right (by a safety mirror) which takes you between close-boarded fences to a field. Keep straight ahead with the hedge on your right, to a waymarked stile (which may be hidden in bracken).
|Marklye Lane to End|
Start point: 50.9818 lat, 0.2583 long
Turn left down Marklye Lane and walk for about 900 metres until you meet the crossroads with the A265. Cross at the traffic lights to the kitchen shop opposite and turn right down the main road. After 800 metres you are now in the town centre of Heathfield. If you are continuing onto Trail Part 17, turn left at the mini-roundabout into Station Road. Otherwise, cross the mini-roundabout keeping straight ahead and, in 200 metres, near the end of the parade of shops, you are by Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council offices and the bus stops that mark the end of Part 16 of the Sussex Hospices Trail.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author DiSteele 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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