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|Sussex Hospices Trail Part 15: Etchingham to Burwash Common|
|Author: DiSteele, Published: 29 Sep 2016||Walk Rating:|
|East Sussex, Etchingham|
|IMPORTANT NOTE: This linear walk uses a bus journey for the return leg which runs Mon-Fri ONLY. At weekends you will need to use taxis or make other arrangements. |
A 7 mile linear walk from Etchingham rail station to Burwash Common forming the 15th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route, entirely within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, includes two charming rural villages. Burwash is steeped in history having been the heart of the Wealden iron industry, a notorious route for highwaymen and the home of author, Rudyard Kipling (1902 - 1936) at Bateman's. Etchingham was a manor long before the Norman Conquest and has a fine 14th century parish church, a community shop and a butchers (Jarvis & Sons), that has been a family business since 1870.
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 route criss-crosses the course of the River Dudwell and winds across gentle meadows and farmland, the easy footpaths and bridleways often being shared with large herds of dairy cattle and horses (these all remained calm when we walked through). There is a variety of stiles and footbridges but three of the stiles are entirely enclosed so dogs would need a lift over (this situation is being addressed and may improve over time - please let us know so that we update the details). Be prepared for boggy areas of ground in winter, especially around Bateman's Mill Pond. Allow 4 hours.
There is excellent hospitality en route with breakfast and lunch being served at the Bistro@the station in Etchingham on weekdays (restricted hours at weekends). Two pubs can be found in Burwash, the historic Rose and Crown and the more modern Bear Inn, both are open all day and offer both snacks and meals. Bateman's Mulberry Tearoom is available to National Trust members between March and October.
The walk starts at Etchingham rail station (approximate post code TN19 7PA) and finishes at Burwash Common bus stop. Parking at Etchingham rail station costs £4.20 Mon-Fri, £2.50 on Saturdays and £1 on Sundays (correct Sept 2016). Trains run hourly from Hastings to London, Charing Cross. The return leg from Burwash Common to Etchingham can be completed with a short bus journey (Bus No. 231). Buses normally run Mon-Fri, but there is NO SERVICE at weekends. Check timetables before you travel and at weekends you will need to make other arrangements, using taxis or two cars.
|Start to High Street|
Start point: 51.0105 lat, 0.4425 long
To begin the walk, go down the station access road and turn right when you meet the main road, the A265. The level crossing is now behind you. Cross the road with care and walk for nearly a mile up Etchingham High Street. On the way you pass the 14th century parish church of The Assumption and St Nicholas. It stands in the water meadows near the confluence of the rivers Dudwell and Rother and was once moated to protect it from the recurrent flooding that still affects this part of the village. On your left is the white weatherboarded community shop, soon followed by Jarvis and Sons, the butcher where a Jarvis has been working behind the counter for 46 years.
|High Street to Borders Lane|
Start point: 51.0071 lat, 0.4307 long
Turn left into Borders Lane which leaves the High Street at an acute angle. Walk for one mile along this quiet lane, passing Red Rose Cottage on your left and March Farm and Broomwood Farm on your right. Ignore a track from 'Borders' entering from the left but continue down the lane until it turns sharp right. On this bend take the track on the left signposted Borders Farm (pictured).
|Borders Lane to Grandturzel|
Start point: 51.0016 lat, 0.4153 long
Turn left down the concrete track but, before you reach the farm buildings, find a waymarker on the single gate on the left. Go through this gate and down the path between laurel hedges until you reach a house and drive ahead. Follow a wooden arrow with lettering worn away, which points you right, down a narrow track with a close-boarded fence on your left. This leads you to a gate.
|Grandturzel to St Bartholomew's Church|
Start point: 50.9942 lat, 0.4123 long
Take the marked footpath, angled sharp right, to pass through a waymarked gate. Veer right to go through a waymarked gate, then maintain direction to take a footbridge across the River Dudwell. Keep the hedge and wire stock fencing close on your right to reach a stile (which does not give access for dogs). Follow the waymarked direction diagonally half left up the field (NOTE: The OS map shows a fence dividing this field east to west. On the ground this no longer exists.) Cross another stile (that is equally unfriendly to dogs). This is adjacent to a copse on your right-hand side.
|St Bartholomew's Church to Bateman's|
Start point: 50.9976 lat, 0.3891 long
Leaving the churchyard at the front, ignore the side road on the left (signposted to Brightling) and proceed left along the picturesque High Street. This is a designated conservation area and is composed of unspoilt medieval cottages, inns and grander dwellings with a row of pollarded Limes adding to the singular charm of the village.
|Bateman's to Rye Green Farm|
Start point: 50.9896 lat, 0.3801 long
At the T-junction with Bateman's ahead of you, turn left for 350 metres, until you see a waymarker on your right by Corner Cottage.
|Rye Green Farm to A265|
Start point: 50.988 lat, 0.372 long
Ignore the path that climbs the slope to the right and cross the stile beside the gate (pictured) to follow a wooded track which soon passes a derelict barn on your right. This is part of Rye Green Farm. 300 metres from the stile the track is metalled, there is a house on your left and the track bends to the right before an oak tree. To the left of the tree is an entrance to a field, which you need to take. (The gate here appears to have been unused for some time).
|A265 to Bough Farm|
Start point: 50.9865 lat, 0.3555 long
Cross the busy road with great care, turn right (there is no pavement on either side) for just 50 metres and take the wide track on the left. Almost immediately on the left again, join a separate waymarked track. Where this veers left (after just a few metres) take the rather high stile straight ahead (no waymark) and proceed between fences to a gate. Keep right round the hedge to a gate and further stile.
|Bough Farm to End|
Start point: 50.9855 lat, 0.3431 long
Cross the A265 with extreme care, as the traffic is travelling at speed at this point. Turn immediately right up Vicarage Road for 550 metres, ignoring Vicarage Lane which enters from the left. Eventually you meet the A265 once more. The walk ends at the bus stop ahead of you. The return leg is a short bus journey along the A265 back to Etchingham.
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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