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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 13: Battle to Robertsbridge|
|Author: Claire, Published: 11 Sep 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Battle|
|A 6.5 mile linear walk from Battle rail station to Robertsbridge rail station forming the 13th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. This route takes you through the streets of the historically important Battle before heading north to join tranquil paths through beautiful stretches of woodland. Having passed through the village of Mountfield, with its beautiful church, the route continues north through the rolling parkland of the Mountfield Court Estate, with stunning views, to reach the small village of Robertsbridge. The return leg can be completed with a single 8 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 stretch has long climbs and descents throughout, but there are no particularly steep sections. The paths, particularly through the woodlands and meadows, can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must (or wellingtons with grips in the wet winter months). There are a couple of sections that are prone to becoming overgrown in the late summer, but these are very short. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges and 9 stiles (all of which have dog gates or gaps in the fencing for Labrador-size dogs to climbs through, but two of the stiles are very tall so lifting larger dogs over will be a real challenge!). Whilst most of the route is livestock-free, you will cross two fields that are likely to be holding sheep and cattle. The cattle were very relaxed when we walked and the field is very large (allowing you to give them a wide berth), but take care with dogs all the same. You will need to cross a quarry railway at an unsignalled crossing so look and listen for trains before you cross. A small stretch of the route also crosses the former Battle Golf Course (closed in 2016) so, if this has re-opened, take care at this point. Allow 3.5 hours.
There are no facilities for the bulk of the route. There are plenty of cafes and pubs in Battle at the start of the walk or a couple of pubs and a cafe in Robertsbridge, just a short walk from the end of the walk.
The walk starts at Battle rail station and finishes at Robertsbridge rail station. The two stations sit on the same line, usually connected by one train per hour. The return train journey between the two stations takes just 8 minutes. If you are coming by car, Battle rail station has its own large car park which costs £4.90 Mon-Fri, £3.50 on Saturdays and £1 on Sundays and Bank Holidays (correct August 2016). Approximate post code TN33 0DE.
|Start to Netherfield Road|
Start point: 50.9128 lat, 0.4943 long
Leave Battle rail station and follow the small access road, Station Approach, up to the mini-roundabout at the top. Turn right here (signed towards Battle Abbey) and stay with this right-hand pavement passing a second mini-roundabout. Just as the road begins to climb, use the zebra crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement. At the next roundabout, stay with this left-hand pavement as it bears left into Upper Lake, soon passing St Mary’s Church on your right and then becoming a raised pavement alongside Battle Abbey walls on your left. Stay alongside the main road, passing the entrance for battle Abbey on your left and bearing right to join the High Street.
|Netherfield Road to Old Golf Course|
Start point: 50.922 lat, 0.4814 long
Follow Netherfield Road leading you steadily downhill (taking care as, whilst this is a residential road, there are no pavements). Just before you reach the side road on the right (Wattles Wish), dog leg left (up the slope) and then right to join a parallel housing access road (with houses to your left and a tree line on your right). This just allows you to avoid traffic for a short stretch of Netherfield Road.
|Old Golf Course to Eatenden Lane|
Start point: 50.9336 lat, 0.4679 long
Pass alongside the gate, cross straight over the access road and go straight ahead on the bridle path between hedgerows. About 25 paces along, you will see a fingerpost on your left (this marks the junction between a footpath and the bridleway but it is easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled). Turn left on the narrow path through the scrub to emerge to the edge of an old fairway.
|Eatenden Lane to Quarry Rail Crossing|
Start point: 50.9436 lat, 0.467 long
Cross over the lane and go straight ahead to join the next stretch of woodland path (which begins just to the right of the vehicle gate). NOTE: It is notoriously easy to end up on the wrong path through this woodland (even we did it!) so follow the next paragraph of directions carefully.
|Quarry Rail Crossing to Mountfield Court Estate|
Start point: 50.9522 lat, 0.4684 long
Cross the rail line via the two gates and continue ahead on the woodland path. Pass through a wooden gate and keep ahead to join a tarmac access lane. Stay alongside the woodland and wire fence on your right, passing through (or alongside) a pair of gates and then turning immediately right to enter a parking area (this was holding a number of community transport buses when we walked).
|Mountfield Court Estate to Railway Tunnel|
Start point: 50.9563 lat, 0.4695 long
Follow the tarmac access drive ahead, with the open rolling grass parkland across to your left. Use the gate to pass alongside the next cattle grid and follow the tarmac driveway ahead (passing the farmhouse of New House Farm on your right). Stay with the driveway, leading you steadily uphill through a tunnel of trees and you will emerge at a fork in the driveway, with the beautiful buildings of Mountfield Court ahead.
|Railway Tunnel to Bishop's Lane|
Start point: 50.9678 lat, 0.4646 long
Pass through the railway tunnel and go through the next wide metal gate to enter the next large meadow. Turn immediately right (walking directly under the power lines) and cross the footbridge over the stream ahead (which includes a step stile). Follow this narrow path through the scrub, still following the route of the power lines. NOTE: This stretch can be a bit overgrown, but it is not very long.
|Bishop's Lane to End|
Start point: 50.9816 lat, 0.469 long
Turn left along the lane and follow this under the railway bridge (taking care of traffic on this bend). Pass two pairs of semi-detached houses on your right and, immediately afterwards, turn right onto the tarmac footpath. Keep ahead along the residential cul-de-sac, Mill Rise, to reach the T-junction with the main road. Turn right, heading towards the level crossing.
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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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|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 11 Sep 2016
|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 11 Sep 2016
The church at Mountfield
|Image by: Claire |
Uploaded: 11 Sep 2016
Robertsbridge - a short detour form Robertsbridge rail station.
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