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Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills

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Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 09 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide star1 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide star1 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide star1 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide star0 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide
East Sussex, Barcombe
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide boot Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide
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An 8.5km (5.5 mile) circular walk from the village of Barcombe Cross in East Sussex. The route is across fields and along quiet country lanes, following the River Ouse to Barcombe Mills and visiting the three villages of Barcombe. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is fairly easy and the paths take you across crop fields, grass pastures and meadows. You may be sharing some of the pastures with livestock. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, gates, footbridges, steps and 18 stiles. Some of the stiles are wooden squeeze stiles which should be easy for most dogs to hop through, but some are traditional fence stiles which dogs may need a lift over (see photo gallery for stile example photos). There are a few short sections of road walking. Allow 2.5 hours.

Barcombe Cross is located about 5 miles north of Lewes in East Sussex. NOTE: The full village name of Barcombe Cross appears on maps, but the village is known as simply Barcombe on local signage. There is another smaller and older settlement with the same name one mile further south, so make sure you head for the larger village centre to the north. The walk starts and finishes from the Barcombe Cross High Street, outside the village stores and post office. The village car park (with height restriction barrier) is directly alongside this. Approximate post code BN8 5DH.

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Walk Sections

Start to Banks Farm
Start to Banks Farm

Start point: 50.9244 lat, 0.0199 long
End point: 50.9292 lat, 0.0342 long

Starting from Barcombe Cross High Street, with your back to the village post office and car park, turn right and head towards the mini roundabout. Turn right and follow the road for approximately 385 metres (420 yds) to reach the signposted footpath. Turn left at the footpath sign and follow the field edge path, heading downhill, to cross a stile beside a field gate, and on to reach a large footbridge.

After crossing the bridge, turn immediately left and continue to follow the footpath across the next field. Continue to follow the well-walked path, heading initially towards a pair of red tile hung cottages in the distance, and then to a stile beside a field gate. After crossing the stile, bear right at the path junction, and follow the route across the field to reach the farm drive. To the right, the fortified barns of Banks Farm can be seen.

Banks Farm to Anchor Lane
Banks Farm to Anchor Lane

Start point: 50.9292 lat, 0.0342 long
End point: 50.9303 lat, 0.0376 long

Cross the drive to follow the signposted path over the bridge. After crossing a stile, follow the field edge path a short distance to a second stile, after which, turn left and continue to follow the field edge path, with the boundary to your left. You will emerge to Anchor Lane.

Anchor Lane to Old Railway
Anchor Lane to Old Railway

Start point: 50.9303 lat, 0.0376 long
End point: 50.9234 lat, 0.0449 long

Turn right and follow Anchor Lane for approximately 475 metres (520 yds), passing Delves Farm, to reach the next signposted footpath on the right. Turn right onto the signposted footpath and follow the field edge path. Turn left at the signpost in the field corner, and continue, keeping the hedge on your right, and then follow the path turning right in the next corner of the field.

Continue straight ahead along the field boundary, turning left in the bottom corner of the field, keeping the hedge on your right. On reaching a gap in the hedge, the route dog-legs (right then left through the hedge) into the adjacent field. Continue in the same direction, now with the hedge on your left. Continue to follow the field edge path to reach a stile, cross this and follow the well-waymarked path, crossing the line of the old railway.

Old Railway to Large Footbridge
Old Railway to Large Footbridge

Start point: 50.9234 lat, 0.0449 long
End point: 50.9184 lat, 0.0458 long

Follow the path to a gate, and then to the rear of a garden. After passing the house, turn right heading towards a signpost on the main driveway. Follow the drive for a short distance, and after passing a barn beside the drive, turn left to cross the bridge. Turn right immediately after the bridge and follow the riverside footpath (with the River Ouse on your right), heading towards a kissing gate in the field corner. Follow the well-walked path beyond the gate to reach a large footbridge (which crosses a side arm of the river).

Large Footbridge to Barcombe Mills
Large Footbridge to Barcombe Mills

Start point: 50.9184 lat, 0.0458 long
End point: 50.9152 lat, 0.0378 long

Cross the bridge and continue to follow the riverside path ahead (still with the river on your right) to take another kissing gate. Continue to follow the well-walked path, crossing the field to another kissing gate and footbridge. After crossing the bridge, turn right and continue to follow the well-walked path to a stile and the road at Barcombe Mills.

Turn right and follow the road through Barcombe Mills, passing the old toll house and site of the old toll bridge. There are some nice views of Barcombe Mills as you walk through, and the old toll sign together with the plaque on the bridge provide some history of the site.

Barcombe Mills to Culver Farm Road
Barcombe Mills to Culver Farm Road

Start point: 50.9152 lat, 0.0378 long
End point: 50.9118 lat, 0.0199 long

After passing the old toll sign, turn left to follow the lane to join the main road. Turn right and follow the main Barcombe Mills Road, past the old station on your left, to reach the next signposted footpath on the left. Cross the stile to join the path running along the edge of the field and passing the World War II Pill Box.

Cross the stile in the field corner and continue, crossing two bridges and the line of the old railway to take the next stile. Cross the next field towards a signpost, after which bear right and cross the next section of field to reach a gate. Cross the small field on the well-defined path, and then turn left at the signpost to follow the path and driveway. You will reach the access road for Culver Farm.

Culver Farm Road to Church Road
Culver Farm Road to Church Road

Start point: 50.9118 lat, 0.0199 long
End point: 50.9116 lat, 0.0173 long

Cross the road and follow the path along the field edge to reach a waymarked path junction on the right. Turn sharp right to cross a footbridge, and follow the path towards Barcombe Church. On reaching the surfaced track (with the church to your left), turn right and follow it to the road. There are some interesting buildings around the site of the church, including a large barn, and a circular, open, thatched structure.

Church Road to End
Church Road to End

Start point: 50.9116 lat, 0.0173 long
End point: 50.9246 lat, 0.02 long

Cross the road to the kissing gate, and follow the waymarked path along the field edge to reach another road. Turn right on reaching the road, and then left at the road junction to follow the road for approximately 210 metres (230 yds) to a path junction on the left. Turn left, crossing the stile, and follow the signposted footpath. Head towards the large tree, crossing the nearby stile, then continue across the next field to cross a second stile, and then onwards to the next signpost.

Turn right as indicated by the signpost, and follow the route to cross the old railway again, to reach a kissing gate. Follow the line of the waymarked path up hill to reach a stile and signpost. Follow the path to the left, around the field edge beyond the stile, to reach a signpost in the field corner. Continue along the surfaced path to the rear of the houses, turning left at the end to follow the road, Weald Close. Cross the High Street and bear right, continuing to follow the road ahead to reach 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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5 gallery images for "Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills"

9191_0eastsussexwalks1507559207 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 09 Oct 2017
Some of the stiles are classic fence stiles - some dogs may need a lift.
9191_1eastsussexwalks1507559207 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 09 Oct 2017
Some of the stiles are wooden squeeze stiles which should be easy for most dogs.
9191_2eastsussexwalks1507559207 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 09 Oct 2017
Look out for the old toll sign at Barcombe Mills
9191_3eastsussexwalks1507559207 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 09 Oct 2017
You will pass the pretty church with other beautiful buildings nearby
9191_0eastsussexwalks1507559302 Barcombe Cross and Barcombe Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 09 Oct 2017
The pretty river weir in Barcombe Mills

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