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Arlington Reservoir

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Arlington Reservoir
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 09 Sep 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide star1 Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide star1 Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide star1 Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide star1 Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide
East Sussex, Berwick
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Arlington Reservoir
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide boot Arlington Reservoir Walking Guide
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A 6km (3.5 mile) circular walk from Berwick Station in East Sussex. The walk loops around Arlington Reservoir where you can enjoy plenty of birdlife and enjoys quiet paths through pastures and fields. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is fairly easy including some gentle hills. The route follows a mixture of grass field and pasture paths, plus surfaced paths and tracks. You will be sharing some of the fields with sheep so take care with dogs. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, footbridges and 3 stiles. Allow 1.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Berwick rail station, making it ideal to arrive by public transport. If you are coming by car, the station is located about two miles north of Berwick village (north of the A27) and does have its own small pay and display car park. Approximate post code BN26 6TB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Small Bridge
Start to Small Bridge

Start point: 50.8405 lat, 0.166 long
End point: 50.8409 lat, 0.1709 long

Starting from Berwick Station, turn left and follow the road for a short distance. On reaching the driveway between Berwick Garage and Berwick Stores, turn right to follow the path along the drive and beside the house to reach a gate. Beyond the gate, bear slightly left to follow the route across the field heading towards the telegraph pole and a hand gate beside a field gate. Take this gate and continue to follow the path across the next field, as waymarked, to a further gate and small bridge.

Small Bridge to Driveway
Small Bridge to Driveway

Start point: 50.8409 lat, 0.1709 long
End point: 50.8407 lat, 0.1757 long

Take the gated bridge and the route now follows the path uphill along the field edge, with the fence to your right. Follow the fenceline around to the right at the top of the hill to reach and take another gate. Follow the path along the edge of the next field, with the fence still to your right, to reach a surfaced driveway.

Driveway to Dam Wall
Driveway to Dam Wall

Start point: 50.8407 lat, 0.1757 long
End point: 50.8418 lat, 0.1751 long

Turn left and follow the driveway towards the Reservoir. Continue straight ahead at the next signposted path junction. At the next signpost, indicating the circular walk, turn right through the gate to follow the access road along the top of the Dam Wall. Completed in 1971, Arlington Reservoir supplies water to many local towns and villages. The 49 hectare site supports diverse habitats, with 173 recorded bird species.

Dam Wall to End of Tree Line
Dam Wall to End of Tree Line

Start point: 50.8418 lat, 0.1751 long
End point: 50.8481 lat, 0.1712 long

From the end of the Dam Wall, continue to follow the path straight ahead up the gentle slope. The reservoir site includes Bird Hides providing good views of the site and of the bird life present, which includes a wintering population of up to 10,000 wildfowl. From the junction at the top of the hill, turn left and follow the bridleway. Keep left, to follow the footpath from its junction with the bridleway, heading back to the edge of the reservoir.

End of Tree Line to Station Road
End of Tree Line to Station Road

Start point: 50.8481 lat, 0.1712 long
End point: 50.8482 lat, 0.1699 long

Shortly after the end of the tree line a path junction is reached, where you have two choices:

To continue to follow the full route, turn right and head towards a gate at the roadside, Station Road.

Alternatively, to complete a short version of the walk, continue ahead at this path junction to the car park and then follow the path, to the rear of Polhills Farm, to rejoin the earlier walk at the Dam Wall, and re-trace your steps back to Berwick Station.

Station Road to May Farm Cottages
Station Road to May Farm Cottages

Start point: 50.8482 lat, 0.1699 long
End point: 50.8518 lat, 0.1607 long

Cross the road and follow the signposted path opposite, through the woodland. Beyond the woodland, take the gate and follow the path along the field edge with the field boundary to your right. Take the gate and stile and cross the next field to the signpost and continue almost straight ahead with the fence and old barn to your left, heading towards a field gate. Beyond the gate, follow the track to the main driveway. Turn left along the drive, passing Mays Farm Cottages.

May Farm Cottages to Kissing Gate
May Farm Cottages to Kissing Gate

Start point: 50.8518 lat, 0.1607 long
End point: 50.8445 lat, 0.1652 long

Turn left again, immediately in front of the converted barn, and follow the path to the right, passing the main house at Mays Farm. Continue straight ahead at the next path junction to a field gate, and then onwards to a second field gate, and then straight ahead to the next path junction. On reaching the path junction, turn left to follow the cross field path heading towards Ludlay Farm. After crossing the first field, beyond the gate, follow the path along the edge of a second field, with the boundary to your right. Take the stile and the route now passes between Ludlay and the barns of Ludlay Farm, to join the main driveway. Follow the drive for approximately 250 metres (275 yds) to reach a kissing gate on the right, just after passing some barns.

Kissing Gate to End
Kissing Gate to End

Start point: 50.8445 lat, 0.1652 long
End point: 50.8406 lat, 0.166 long

(NOTE: This final section follows a path which can become overgrown at times - as an alternative ending, you can keep ahead to reach the road and turn right along this to return to the station instead). Turn right, through the gate, and follow the cross field path to take another gate. Continue to follow the well-defined path through the woodland, to cross a small bridge, and then on to the rear of the houses to reach a grass track via a stile. Turn left and follow the grass track for a short distance to the main road and then turn right to reach the station and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Arlington Reservoir"

A great walk until waypoint 7 then totally overgrown with stinging nettles and fallen trees be prepared to be stung
To avoid don’t turn right at waypoint 7 keep going straight until the road .

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thanks for letting us know - we have added a note about this alternative ending into the directions ready for future walkers.

By neilsara2410 on 13 Jun 2018

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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