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Robertsbridge and Johns Cross

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Robertsbridge and Johns Cross
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 16 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide star1 Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide star1 Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide star1 Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide star0 Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide
East Sussex, Robertsbridge
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Robertsbridge and Johns Cross
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide boot Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide boot Robertsbridge and Johns Cross Walking Guide
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A 5 mile (8km) circular walk from the village of Robertsbridge in East Sussex. This is a typical countryside walk with remote paths through open fields, woodland and working farmland. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is moderate with some hills. The remote nature of the paths means the App’s live GPS map will be very useful to aid navigation. Some of the paths can be very muddy at times and some stretches can become overgrown. You will need to negotiate several bridges and gates plus 17 stiles. Many of these stiles are very tall and tightly enclosed, so dogs will need to be carried over and this could be challenging with large dogs. (See photo gallery for example stiles). You will be sharing the fields with cattle and sheep. You will need to cross the A21 at two points and there are a couple of short stretches along lanes that need care. Allow 2.5 hours.

Robertsbridge is located about 11 miles north of Battle in East Sussex. If you are coming by train, Robertsbridge rail station is just a 2-minute walk from the start of the walk. The walk starts and finishes at the public car park on Station Road in Robertsbridge. Approximate post code TN32 5DA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Playing Fields
Start to Playing Fields

Start point: 50.9851 lat, 0.4738 long
End point: 50.9852 lat, 0.4771 long

Starting from the public car park in Station Road, Robertsbridge Village Centre, turn right to head uphill towards the High Street. Turn left at the junction to follow the High Street for a short distance. Turn right into Fair Lane beside the public house and follow the lane for a distance of approximately 160m (175 yds). Turn right and follow the enclosed section of path around the school playing fields.

Playing Fields to Woodland
Playing Fields to Woodland

Start point: 50.9852 lat, 0.4771 long
End point: 50.9831 lat, 0.4798 long

Cross the stile at the end of the enclosed path, and turn left to cross the field to another stile. After crossing the main road, continue along the signposted footpath, crossing the next field in the direction indicated to reach the woodland.

Woodland to Bridleway
Woodland to Bridleway

Start point: 50.9831 lat, 0.4798 long
End point: 50.9784 lat, 0.4818 long

Follow the waymarked path through the wood until you reach a path junction. Take the right-hand signposted footpath, to leave the wood, then turn left over a stile, before turning to follow the field edge path, keeping the hedge to your left. Continue to follow the path to reach a junction with a bridleway.

Bridleway to Poppinghole Lane
Bridleway to Poppinghole Lane

Start point: 50.9784 lat, 0.4818 long
End point: 50.9721 lat, 0.4879 long

Turn left and follow the bridleway downhill into the woodland, and on to reach a path junction at Stone Cottage. Turn right and follow the footpath, initially downhill along a surfaced track. After passing the cottages, follow the route across the stile, and then onwards across the hill, to reach Poppinghole Lane.

Poppinghole Lane to Johns Cross
Poppinghole Lane to Johns Cross

Start point: 50.9721 lat, 0.4879 long
End point: 50.9651 lat, 0.4808 long

Turn right to follow the road for a few metres, before turning left over a stile onto the signposted footpath. Continue to follow the route as waymarked, crossing a number of fields, before reaching a kissing gate leading onto the main A21 at Johns Cross.

Johns Cross to Mountfield Court
Johns Cross to Mountfield Court

Start point: 50.9651 lat, 0.4808 long
End point: 50.9605 lat, 0.4708 long

Turn left along the main road and cross in front of the pub. After crossing the main road, join the lane opposite the pub, signposted as a footpath. Follow the lane, passing to the side of a gate at the point that the lane becomes a private drive. Continue to follow the path along the drive to Mountfield Court.

Mountfield Court to Rail Underpass
Mountfield Court to Rail Underpass

Start point: 50.9605 lat, 0.4708 long
End point: 50.9679 lat, 0.4642 long

At the junction, turn right and follow the track to the rear of Mountfield Court. After passing through some gates, follow the path along the rough track. After crossing the stile next to the field gate, continue to follow the route through the next field to reach a tunnel under the railway. Follow the route under the railway.

Rail Underpass to Streamside
Rail Underpass to Streamside

Start point: 50.9679 lat, 0.4642 long
End point: 50.9745 lat, 0.4661 long

After going under the railway, turn right for a short distance to cross a footbridge, then continue to follow the path to cross a second footbridge. Cross the field to take a third bridge. Turn right at the signposted footpath junction and follow the watercourse, keeping it to your right. Continue to follow the route, and after turning right to cross a bridge, turn immediately left along the enclosed section of path between the stream (on your left) and the railway (on your right).

Streamside to Quiet Lane
Streamside to Quiet Lane

Start point: 50.9745 lat, 0.4661 long
End point: 50.981 lat, 0.4678 long

After leaving the enclosed section of path, continue to follow the route ahead beside the railway, to reach and cross a large bridge. Continue on to reach the path junction at the lane.

Quiet Lane to End
Quiet Lane to End

Start point: 50.981 lat, 0.4678 long
End point: 50.9854 lat, 0.4739 long

Turn right onto the lane and follow it for a short distance to the railway bridge. Follow the route under the railway, and continue along the lane to the road junction. Turn right at the road junction and follow the road uphill. Continue to follow the road to its junction with George Hill. Turn left and follow George Hill back to Robertsbridge High Street and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Robertsbridge and Johns Cross"

Very boggy throughout! A beautiful walk but would recommend it as summer walk when hopefully drier.

By robertsl on 11 Feb 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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