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Crowhurst and Fore Wood

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Crowhurst and Fore Wood
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 15 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star0 Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide star0 Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide star0 Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide star0 Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide star0 Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide
East Sussex, Crowhurst
Walk Type: Woodland
Crowhurst and Fore Wood
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide boot Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide boot Crowhurst and Fore Wood Walking Guide
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A 3 mile (5.5km) circular walk from Crowhurst rail station in East Sussex. The walk takes you through the RSPB nature reserve and ancient woodland as well as around the village of Crowhurst with its ancient yew tree. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is moderate in difficulty with several gradients. Some of the woodland and field paths can be muddy. You will need to negotiate several footbridges, kissing gates and 2 stiles. You will come across livestock, both cattle and sheep, in some of the fields. Allow 1.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Crowhurst rail station, making it idea for arriving by public transport. If you are coming by car, the station has its own small car park or there is roadside parking along the length of Station Road. Approximate post code TN33 9DD.

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Walk Sections

Start to Kissing Gate
Start to Kissing Gate

Start point: 50.8885 lat, 0.5012 long
End point: 50.8837 lat, 0.4963 long

Starting from Crowhurst Railway Station, begin the walk by leaving the car park and heading along Station Road. Follow Station Road for a distance of approximately 680 metres (740 yds). At the end of Station Road, turn left and then cross the main road as signposted. Follow the driveway, past Court Lodge and passing the ruins, to reach a kissing gate. The ruins that can be seen today are the only remains of a manor house built in the 13th century.

Kissing Gate to Footbridge
Kissing Gate to Footbridge

Start point: 50.8837 lat, 0.4963 long
End point: 50.8852 lat, 0.4881 long

From the gate follow the cross-field path towards a field gate on the far side of the field. From this part of the walk, there are good views out across the valley. From the gate, continue to follow the path across a second field as waymarked, heading towards the single oak tree that soon comes into view. Beyond the tree, bear right at the path junction and follow the path to a kissing gate and footbridge in the field corner.

Footbridge to Nature Reserve
Footbridge to Nature Reserve

Start point: 50.8852 lat, 0.4881 long
End point: 50.8888 lat, 0.4836 long

From the bridge, continue to follow the field edge path, with the Powdermill Stream on your left, heading towards another footbridge. Continue along the stream edge path, heading towards the far corner of the field, where a bridge and stile can be seen. Cross the stile, and turn immediately right at the path junction, heading away from the bridge to enter the RSPB Fore Wood Nature Reserve.

Nature Reserve to Woodland Circuit
Nature Reserve to Woodland Circuit

Start point: 50.8888 lat, 0.4836 long
End point: 50.8922 lat, 0.4833 long

Turn right as indicated by the signpost, and start to follow a section of the 1066 Country Walk. At the next path junction, next to a bench, turn sharp left to follow the main track. Fore Wood is one of the larger blocks of semi-natural ancient woodland remaining in East Sussex. Use as a coppice woodland dates back as least 500 years. There is evidence of use of the woodland as part of the Wealden Iron Industry. Continue to follow the main track through the woodland, ignoring the first path signposted to the right by a white arrow, continuing to follow the line of the 1066 Country Walk. At the next path junction, indicated by a short waymarker post with yellow arrow, turn sharp right to head uphill.

Woodland Circuit to Ghyll
Woodland Circuit to Ghyll

Start point: 50.8922 lat, 0.4833 long
End point: 50.8907 lat, 0.4924 long

From this point the route leaves the line of public footpaths, and follows a route around the woodland, largely waymarked by RSPB white arrows. At the next path junction, indicated by a low level waymark post, painted with one of the white arrows, bear left to follow the woodland path. Continue to follow the well-defined path, passing a bench, following the white direction arrows. The route continues to follow the well-defined route, getting closer to the railway line on your left, and then descending towards a Ghyll (narrow ravine).

Ghyll to Woodland Exit
Ghyll to Woodland Exit

Start point: 50.8907 lat, 0.4924 long
End point: 50.887 lat, 0.4889 long

On reaching the path junction at the top of the Ghyll (pictured), turn right as indicated by the white arrow. Further white arrows confirm that you are following the correct route, heading downhill, with the steep sided Ghyll on your left. On reaching a path junction, turn right as indicated by another white arrow. After a short distance, a further path junction is reached at a small clearing with bench. From this point continue straight ahead, again indicated by a white arrow, following the path along the boundary of the woodland. After bearing left, the path starts to head downhill again, with views of a pond to your right. Continue to follow the path, keeping to the boundary fence of the woodland, heading towards a stile leading out of the wood.

Woodland Exit to Forewood Lane
Woodland Exit to Forewood Lane

Start point: 50.887 lat, 0.4889 long
End point: 50.8849 lat, 0.4951 long

After crossing the stile, and leaving the RSPB reserve, head straight across the field towards a kissing gate, next to a field gate. After passing through the kissing gate, follow the enclosed section of path ahead. At the end of the enclosed path section, the route follows the path ahead through the next field, and on towards a kissing gate, adjacent to a field gate, at the roadside.

Forewood Lane to End
Forewood Lane to End

Start point: 50.8849 lat, 0.4951 long
End point: 50.8886 lat, 0.5012 long

Turn right after the gate, and follow the roadside path back towards the junction with Station Road. This section of the walk passes Crowhurst Church, with some very nice views of the church and churchyard. Crowhurst churchyard contains an ancient yew tree which can be seen on a short detour from this route. Estimates for the age of this yew range from 1000 to 3000 years. On reaching the next road junction, turn left, and retrace your route, along Station Road, back to Crowhurst Station and the start 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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Crowhurst Church
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The ancient yew tree in the churchyard, thought to be between 1000 and 3000 years old.
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Crowhurst Church
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The ancient yew tree in the churchyard, thought to be between 1000 and 3000 years old.

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