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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle
Author: FSH Team, Published: 12 May 2016 Walk Rating:star1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battlestar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battlestar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battlestar1 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battlestar0 Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle
East Sussex, Crowhurst
Walk Type: Long distance path
Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle boot Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle
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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.

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Walk Sections

Start to Forewood Lane
Start to Forewood Lane

Start point: 50.8885 lat, 0.5012 long
End point: 50.8835 lat, 0.4979 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
Forewood Lane to Farm Gate

Start point: 50.8835 lat, 0.4979 long
End point: 50.8859 lat, 0.4898 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.

As the lane bends right (and just before the houses), take the well-signed pathway to your left by going through a farm gate. This is part of the 1066 Country Walk: Bexhill Link.

Follow the pathway straight ahead, keeping a row of gardens to your right. As you leave the houses you will see an open field ahead of you. Continue straight across the centre of the field until the path enters the edge of a wooded area.

Here the pathway slopes downwards and is slightly uneven. It may be muddy in poor weather. Soon you will see a farm gate in front of you and a rising open field ahead.

Farm Gate to Wooden Bench
Farm Gate to Wooden Bench

Start point: 50.8859 lat, 0.4898 long
End point: 50.8886 lat, 0.4851 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.

At the end of the path go over a stile (which has a lifting dog gate) into Fore Wood Nature Reserve, where there is an RSPB Information Panel. This truly lovely and peaceful woodland has rare ferns, bluebells and wood anemones in spring, butterflies in summer and is full of birdsong.

Once you are in the woodland, follow the path down towards a small pond and continue to follow it as it bears left. Head up the gently rising slope keeping the bulk of the wooded area to your right. This must be one of loveliest parts of the entire Sussex Hospices Trail.

At a low and backless wooden bench you will see that the path divides. Take the right-hand fork which goes uphill.

Wooden Bench to Lane at Stumbletts Wood
Wooden Bench to Lane at Stumbletts Wood

Start point: 50.8886 lat, 0.4851 long
End point: 50.8931 lat, 0.4809 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.

At the opening at the end of the field, turn into a narrow tarmac lane and go up the slope into another lovely small wood which is called Stumbletts Wood. At the junction, in front of the pretty Pump House Cottage, turn right and follow the tarmac lane downhill. Then cross the stream which you will hear ahead of you as there is a weir.

Lane at Stumbletts Wood to Powdermill Lane
Lane at Stumbletts Wood to Powdermill Lane

Start point: 50.8931 lat, 0.4809 long
End point: 50.9022 lat, 0.4797 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.

Continue along the lane until you meet Telham Lane. Bear left along this then shortly afterwards you will come to a junction with the busy B2095, Powdermill Lane. There is a gate here as the lane you have been walking along is a private road.

Powdermill Lane to Junction of Pathways
Powdermill Lane to Junction of Pathways

Start point: 50.9022 lat, 0.4797 long
End point: 50.9056 lat, 0.4793 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.

Carefully cross the entrance drive to The Powder Mills Hotel and then go through the steel gate ahead into the open scrubland area. Follow the footpath uphill, keeping the fence and line of trees to your right. This ridge is part of Senlac Hill, the site of the Battle of Hastings.

Go through a wooden gate near a large tree and continue uphill and straight on. Just before the top of the hill you meet another section of the the 1066 path approaching from your left.

Junction of Pathways to Battle Abbey
Junction of Pathways to Battle Abbey

Start point: 50.9125 lat, 0.4775 long
End point: 50.9151 lat, 0.4837 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.

This is both a Grade I listed building and a scheduled monument. It is said that William the Conqueror founded Battle Abbey as part of the penitence imposed on him by Pope for waging war on the English. If so, it was probably began around 1070 and was then the home of a community of Benedictine monks until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538. The Abbey was owned by the Browne family and later the Webster family. Since 1922 part of the Abbey has housed a school. The Government has owned the Abbey since 1976 and it is now in the care of English Heritage.

Battle Abbey to End
Battle Abbey to End

Start point: 50.9151 lat, 0.4837 long
End point: 50.9117 lat, 0.4926 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.

We hope you have enjoyed walking this stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. Its creation was possible thanks to the kind donation from Robert Batcheller and dedicated to beautiful countryside near Battle where Robert is so lucky to live and work and, in particular, the RSPB Nature Reserve at Fore Wood.

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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1 comments for "Sussex Hospices Trail Part 12: Crowhurst to Battle"

My grandson enjoyed this walk more because of the donkeys we encounter along the way than the slight hills along the way.The RSPB wood was a blaze of colours with the wild flowers all in all a enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

By lazyman on 05 Apr 2017

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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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