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Eridge and Groombridge

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Eridge and Groombridge
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 08 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide star0 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide star0 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide star0 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide star0 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide
East Sussex, Eridge
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Eridge and Groombridge
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide boot Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide boot Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide
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An 8km (5 mile) circular walk from Eridge rail station in East Sussex. This country walk, with some hilly sections, passes near the magnificent Harrison Rocks and the Spa Valley railway where there’s chance to see a steam train. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is moderate difficulty and includes some hilly sections. The paths take you through a mixture of woodland, fields and quiet lanes. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges and flights of steps plus 9 stiles. There is a chance you may come across livestock in a few of the fields. Allow 2.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Eridge rail station, making it ideal for arriving by public transport. If you are coming by car, there is some roadside parking available close to the station. Approximate post code TN3 9LE.

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Walk Sections

Start to Road Bridge
Start to Road Bridge

Start point: 51.0889 lat, 0.2015 long
End point: 51.0891 lat, 0.1953 long

Standing with your back to Eridge Station, turn right to follow the road. After a short distance, turn right into Forge Road. Follow Forge Road for approximately 560m (600 yds), crossing over a water course on the road bridge. An interesting trough can be found beside the road, where a spring emerges.

Road Bridge to Track Crossing
Road Bridge to Track Crossing

Start point: 51.0891 lat, 0.1953 long
End point: 51.092 lat, 0.1749 long

At the next path junction, turn left onto the signposted bridleway along the surfaced drive. Follow the waymarked bridleway, passing the entrances to Motts Farm and Bullfinches. After coming to the end of the surface lane, continue straight ahead along the unsurfaced bridleway. At the next signposted path junction, turn right to cross the footbridge.

From the bridge, follow the waymarked cross field path, to take a stile beside a tennis court, and then cross the next field to take the stile in front of the cottage. Continue to follow the path ahead, along the field edge, and then across the centre of the next field, to reach and take another stile beside a track.

Track Crossing to Motts Mill
Track Crossing to Motts Mill

Start point: 51.092 lat, 0.1749 long
End point: 51.0967 lat, 0.1726 long

Cross the track, and continue ahead, to follow the path across the next field, before descending through a small strip of woodland. Head downhill after crossing a stile, following the footpath as it skirts the edge of Rocks Wood. On reaching the field corner, cross the footbridge.

After the footbridge, take the right-hand fork at the path junction, and follow the path, climbing steeply, to reach the road. Turn right to follow the narrow lane as it descends through the hamlet of Motts Mill. Motts Mill contains a number of picturesque, white, weatherboarded cottages.

Motts Mill to Rail Bridge
Motts Mill to Rail Bridge

Start point: 51.0967 lat, 0.1726 long
End point: 51.1064 lat, 0.181 long

At the bottom, and just before reaching the road crossing of Mottsmill Stream, fork left and cross the gravel driveway of Valley Cottage (pictured). The route then continues along the footpath passing to the left of the garage. Follow the path through the woodland, along the course of Mottsmill Stream, continuing straight ahead at the path junction, to reach a gate.

After the gate, follow the path ahead, through the long narrow field, with the woodland to your left, and the stream to your right. After crossing the stile at the end of the field, bear left to find and cross the next stile, and continue across the next field, in the direction waymarked, to reach a bridge under the railway.

Rail Bridge to Spa Valley
Rail Bridge to Spa Valley

Start point: 51.1064 lat, 0.181 long
End point: 51.1098 lat, 0.1863 long

Follow the waymarked route beyond the railway bridge, crossing a footbridge, to reach the road. Turn left and follow the road towards Groombridge. At the road junction, turn right, and continue to follow this to reach the village school.

Turn right to follow the path beside the school as indicated by the waymark post, crossing the bridge over the Spa Valley Railway. The Spa Valley Railway runs for 5.5 miles between the mainline junction at Eridge and Tunbridge Wells. The preserved railway operates steam and heritage diesel locomotives.

Spa Valley to Harrison Rocks
Spa Valley to Harrison Rocks

Start point: 51.1098 lat, 0.1863 long
End point: 51.0998 lat, 0.1853 long

Beyond the railway bridge, follow the fenced, field edge path to a surfaced driveway. Turn right and follow the drive. After a short distance, turn left onto the waymarked, woodland path. Follow the path around behind the car park for Harrisons Rocks, crossing a woodland track.

At the bottom of the hill, continue along the waymarked path ahead, bearing left before reaching the railway line. The path now continues to run parallel to the railway, passing the pedestrian entrance to Harrisons Rocks, and onwards to reach a hand gate. The sandstone outcrops of Harrisons Rocks were formed about 135 million years ago. Popular with climbers, and managed by the British Mountaineering Council, the rocks are also open to walkers (see notice boards for access information).

Harrison Rocks to End
Harrison Rocks to End

Start point: 51.0998 lat, 0.1853 long
End point: 51.0891 lat, 0.2016 long

The path now descends gently through a small area of woodland, before passing Birchden Forge. Turn right at the waymarked junction in front of the Oast House, and follow the driveway, crossing the railway, to reach the road.

Turn left and follow Forge Road, passing the start of the bridleway taken earlier. After passing the bridleway, continue to follow Forge Lane, retracing the beginning of the route, back to Eridge Station and the end of the walk.

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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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9183_0eastsussexwalks1507473152 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 08 Oct 2017
This stone roadside trough marks the spot where a spring rises
9183_1eastsussexwalks1507473152 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 08 Oct 2017
You will cross several footbridges
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There are pretty sections of woodland
9183_0eastsussexwalks1507473210 Eridge and Groombridge Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 08 Oct 2017
You will cross some lovely meadows

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