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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 18: Uckfield to North Chailey|
|Author: FSH Team, Published: 19 May 2016||Walk Rating:|
|East Sussex, Uckfield|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This linear walk uses a bus journey for the return leg which runs Mon-Sat ONLY. On Sundays you will need to use taxis or make other arrangements. |
A 6 mile linear walk from Uckfield bus station to the North Chailey bus stop in East Sussex, forming the 18th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route takes you from the busy edge of Uckfield into some surprisingly lovely, tranquil countryside. On route you will skirt through woodland, cross several streams and walk south of Newick village. The return leg can be completed with a single 20 minute bus journey (Mon-Sat).
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 paths are generally firm but after rain a few parts could be muddy. You will need to negotiate a number of stiles, kissing gates and footbridges. There is a short, fascinating section through Bellbrook Business Park at the beginning of the walk and the walk ends with a pavement walk along Station Road to North Chailey. For most of the walk you are in gently rolling open countryside. You will be sharing several of the fields with grazing livestock (including cattle, goats and donkeys), so take particular care with dogs. There are several road crossings that need care, including the busy A22. Allow 3 hours.
There are no facilities for the bulk of the walk, but you will find cafes and pubs in Uckfield (at the start of the walk) or a garage and tea shop in North Chailey (at the end of the walk). Call to check opening times. The pond just before Buckham Hill is a particularly good spot for a picnic along the way.
Uckfield is a town in the Wealden district of East Sussex, located on the southern edge of the Weald and on the River Uck, one of the tributaries of the River Ouse. The walk starts at Uckfield Bus Station. If you are coming by car the approximate postcode is TN22 1QL. Alternatively, you can get there by bus from Brighton by using bus numbers 28, 29, 29B, 29X, N29 OR from Haywards Heath on Sussex Bus Number 31 (which is also used to make the return leg of this walk). There is also a rail station at Uckfield with an average of one train per hour to London Bridge. The return journey from North Chailey to Uckfield can be completed with a single 20 minute journey on the hourly Sussex Bus Number 31 which runs Mon-Sat.
|Start to Farm Gate|
Start point: 50.9693 lat, 0.0945 long
Standing with your back to the rail station, cross over to the opposite pavement and turn right (heading north). At the crossroads turn left and then turn left again at the roundabout into Bell Lane. Follow Bell Lane through the Bellbrook Business Park. This lively estate was established in the 1960s and is now home to more than 100 light industrial and commercial businesses which provide a wide range of jobs.
|Farm Gate to Clump of Trees|
Start point: 50.9687 lat, 0.0803 long
Go through the farm gate (which is in a gap in the pine trees) to join a footpath. Follow the well-trodden path diagonally to your left across the first field. Go through the opening into the second field, bear right immediately and then left to continue to follow the narrow footpath which goes along the left-hand side of the next two fields. At a fork in the footpath, bear right towards a clump of trees ahead. (These trees mark the end of a disused railway.)
|Clump of Trees to End of Grass Path|
Start point: 50.9655 lat, 0.0724 long
At the trees, go through the metal gate on the left and follow the footpath around the side of the wood (an overgrown wall marks the site of an old railway building) then cross a stile on the left (which was found to be broken in May 2016 and reported to ESCC). Continue straight ahead along the wide grassy path.
|End of Grass Path to Beeches Farm Road|
Start point: 50.9637 lat, 0.0708 long
At end you will reach a field. Turn right and walk uphill along the right-hand side of this field. Go through an opening into the next field and then keep to the right-hand side of this second field. When the hedge on your right peters out, take a diagonal route following the well-trodden path across the field towards the house and trees. (It may be marshy here after wet weather). At the top of the field you will find a tranquil spot by a natural pond which has a lovely view and is perfect for a picnic.
|Beeches Farm Road to Wooden Bridge|
Start point: 50.9655 lat, 0.0654 long
The driveway ahead looks like private property but don't be put off, the public footpath does go along this drive. Keep to the left of the private house, go over the stile and then, keeping the fence to your left, continue downhill. There is a particularly lovely view of the landscape here.
|Wooden Bridge to View of Newick Church|
Start point: 50.9654 lat, 0.0543 long
Go over the stile ahead into a narrow field. NOTE: There may be cattle grazing in this field. Cross to the opposite corner and go through the open V-shaped stile. Follow the narrow path through the crops in the next field to meet a gravel path at the hedge (near the corner of some farm buildings).
|View of Newick Church to Church Road|
Start point: 50.9681 lat, 0.0301 long
Follow the footpath diagonally across the field to reach St Mary's Church in Newick. The church dates mainly from the Victorian era, but it still has a Norman window. The whole area is peaceful and looks well kept.
|Church Road to Allington Road|
Start point: 50.9691 lat, 0.0216 long
Cross over Church Road and take the driveway ahead. The pebbled driveway immediately divides in two, so take the right-hand fork (which is also a drive), then follow it as it becomes a narrow footpath between hedges. This footpath soon opens out into the King George V playing fields. Follow the footpath which heads along the right-hand side. The quiet and birdsong here maintain the country-feel of this section of the walk even though the large village of Newick is just a hundred yards away to your right.
|Allington Road to End|
Start point: 50.9712 lat, 0.0047 long
At the T-junction, turn left onto Western Road, which is the A272, then stay on the left-hand pavement and continue heading west. The pavement passes a mixture of fields, detached houses and also the Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre. Just before the roundabout, cross carefully to the right-hand pavement. At the roundabout, cross the A275 carefully to go straight ahead. Walk along past the tea rooms on your right until you are opposite the garage. The bus stop here is where this section of the Sussex Hospices Trail ends. From here you can take the hourly Sussex Bus No 31 back to Uckfield which takes 20 minutes.
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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