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|East Grinstead and the High Weald|
|Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 17 Oct 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, East Grinstead|
|Hi, I'm Tom and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. I live and work in London but often head out of town to catch up with my dad, meeting up wherever his travels take him. My dad’s latest trip was to East Grinstead and a quick bit of research tells me it’s on the edge of the High Weald AONB. It’s a patchwork of small farms and woodlands, sunken lanes, parkland and tiny villages. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. |
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. The paths across farm pastures can be very muddy so good boots are required and wellingtons are recommended in the wettest months. The majority of the paths are wide and well walked, with just a couple of short stretches that can be a little overgrown. You will need to negotiate several footbridges, kissing gates and 4 stiles (all of which have dog-size gaps alongside). You are likely to come across cattle and sheep in many of the fields so take particular care with dogs. Allow 3.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at East Grinstead rail station which is served by trains direct from London. If you are coming by car, the station has its own large car park which is on the opposite side of the rail line from the station building itself. The fee is £5 per day Mon-Sat and £2 per day on Sundays (correct October 2015). The car park is accessed from Grosvenor Road, approximate post code RH19 1HS.
|Start to Turners Hill Road|
Start point: 51.1265 lat, -0.0173 long
Standing with your back to the station entrance, walk across the front premium car park at about 1 o’clock and then bear left along the pavement of the access road (swapping to the right-hand pavement via the zebra crossing), passing Sainsburys on the right. At the roundabout, follow the pavement right (along the B2110 road signed to Turners Hill) and then use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement.
|Turners Hill Road to Radio Mast|
Start point: 51.1218 lat, -0.0192 long
When the fence on the left ends, turn left onto the narrow footpath signed as part of the High Weald Landscape Trail. Soon you are forced to dog-leg right (through a gate) and then left, continuing through a garden area and running parallel with the houses on the left. Pass a large duck pond on your right, with a stream running down to the left.
|Radio Mast to Sussex Border Path|
Start point: 51.1073 lat, -0.0208 long
Follow the path beyond the radio mast and soon it swings right, passing a wide metal gate to reach the road. Cross over and turn left, following the road edge and taking care of traffic for just a few metres to reach the entrance drive for Standen House and Garden on the right. Turn right to join the drive and follow it ahead. At the first marked junction, just before you reach a row of stone estate cottages on the right, leave the entrance drive, turning right into the gap through trees. Two paces in, ignore the path turning sharp right, instead keep ahead on the fenced path with a hedge on the left and a fenced field on the right.
|Sussex Border Path to Picnic Site|
Start point: 51.0969 lat, -0.018 long
Turn left along the path, passing through a gate and stile and crossing a small footbridge. Follow the right-hand edge of the next pasture and cross the stile at the far end. This enclosed section of path leads you over a footbridge and past a bench which gives you a rare view of the reservoir. Soon afterwards, ignore the path signed left, simply keep ahead and cross the large wooden stile into the next open field.
|Picnic Site to Forest Way|
Start point: 51.0992 lat, -0.0041 long
About 100m after the picnic site, you will come to another fingerpost. Turn left here onto the footpath which is a continuation of the Sussex Border Path. The path leads you steadily uphill with trees on the right and a fenced field on the left. Take care on this short stretch as the path is deeply rutted and can be very slippery.
|Forest Way to Lewes Road|
Start point: 51.1098 lat, 0.0099 long
Turn left along the old rail line and follow it under the bridge. This linear country park runs for about 16km from East Grinstead to Groombridge. Its flat level surface makes it ideal for families to enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding. Across to the right you will see the old estate land of Luxford House. Owned by a music manager in the 1960s and 70s, groups such as Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator used to rehearse here. My dad tells me he went to see Van der Graaf Generator in concert, so it just goes to show how long ago that was...
|Lewes Road to End|
Start point: 51.1236 lat, -0.0003 long
At the mini-roundabout, keep straight ahead passing the impressive Sackville College across to the right. My dad has another fun fact to share. This is the site where the carol Good King Wenceslas was written. Now there’s a tune you can’t get out of your head once it’s lodged inside!
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author WSW and may not be reproduced without permission.
I believe that the Luxford referred to regarding a Music producer is incorrect and that he lived at Luxford house in Crowborough, see http://www.yourcrowborough.co.uk/history/famouspeople/rocking-at-luxford-the-legend-of-tony-stratton-smith
|By metcas on 25 Dec 2015|
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: 17 Oct 2015
Sloes ready for picking and adding to the gin!
|Image by: Richard |
Uploaded: 17 Oct 2015
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