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Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf

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Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 17 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide star1 Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide star1 Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide star0 Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide star0 Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide
East Sussex, Heathfield
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide boot Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide boot Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf Walking Guide
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A 3.5 mile (5.5km) circular walk from the Swan Inn at Woods Corner in East Sussex. This lovely country walk takes you through fields and stretches of woodland, passing the Sugar Loaf folly built by John ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller, Squire of Brightling. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is moderate and includes several steady gradients plus some sections which can be muddy. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates, sections of boardwalk and two wooden fence stiles (one of these has wire mesh surrounds, so dogs will need a lift over). There are a few stretches of road walking on quiet lanes. You are likely to be sharing a few of the fields with sheep and you may come across horses near the stables. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours.

Woods Corner is located on the B2096, about 5 miles south-east of Heathfield in East Sussex. The walk starts and finishes at The Swan Inn pub in Woods Corner, at the junction between the B2096 and South Lane. If you are having refreshments before or after your walk, the pub has its own car park. Otherwise, there is roadside parking for about six cars along the side road opposite the pub, or there is a lay-by on the B2096 just 150 metres west of the pub. Approximate post code TN21 9LB.

Walk Sections

Start to Woodland
Start to Woodland

Start point: 50.9501 lat, 0.3703 long
End point: 50.9454 lat, 0.3625 long

Starting from the Swan Inn at Woods Corner, turn off the main road into South Lane (passing the pub’s garden on your left). Follow South Lane, signposted to Bodle Street Green, for a total of approximately 690 metres (760 yds) to reach a signed footpath. Turn right and follow the signposted footpath ahead. Follow the field edge path straight ahead (with the hedge on your left) to reach a gate on your left into the adjoining field. Take the gate continue in the same direction (with the hedge now on your right) to take another handgate in the field corner. Cross the next field in the direction waymarked (diagonally left) to reach the woodland.

Woodland to Main Road
Woodland to Main Road

Start point: 50.9454 lat, 0.3625 long
End point: 50.9511 lat, 0.3541 long

Descend the steep slope through the woodland shaw, and then climb up again into the next field. Bear left to follow the path around the edge of the field, to reach a field gate. Beyond the gate, follow the enclosed path, passing Dallington Church, to reach the road. Turn right, and then immediately left, beside the white cottage, to follow the narrow lane to its junction with the main road, the B2096.

Main Road to Cottage
Main Road to Cottage

Start point: 50.9511 lat, 0.3541 long
End point: 50.954 lat, 0.355 long

Turn right and follow the lane for a short distance to the next signposted footpath on the left. Turn left onto the signposted footpath after the entrance to Brooklands. Continue to follow the path passing the main house to reach a path junction. Turn right at the path junction and follow the track to a cottage.

Cottage to Access Lane
Cottage to Access Lane

Start point: 50.954 lat, 0.355 long
End point: 50.9554 lat, 0.3619 long

Continue straight ahead beyond the cottage and handgate, onto the woodland path. Follow the well-defined path along the edge of the woodland to reach a kissing gate. Cross the next two fields as waymarked. Continue along the gated path, passing the stables to reach an access lane and path junction.

Access Lane to Driveway
Access Lane to Driveway

Start point: 50.9554 lat, 0.3619 long
End point: 50.9584 lat, 0.3699 long

Take the path along the concrete driveway to reach a bridge. After crossing the bridge, the footpath bears right away from the drive as signposted. Follow the waymarked path through the woodland, crossing two raised boardwalk sections. Continue straight across the next field to reach a stile and surfaced driveway.

Driveway to Deer Park
Driveway to Deer Park

Start point: 50.9584 lat, 0.3699 long
End point: 50.9579 lat, 0.3762 long

Bear right and follow the drive to the road. Turn right and follow the road for a short distance. Turn right again at the road junction. Continue to the Forestry Commission entrance to the Deer Park on your left.

Deer Park to Old Gateway
Deer Park to Old Gateway

Start point: 50.9579 lat, 0.3762 long
End point: 50.9531 lat, 0.3741 long

At the Forestry Commission entrance to the Deer Park, dog-leg left and right to follow the defined woodland path along the inside of the park wall, parallel to the road, for a distance of approximately 520 metres (570 yds). This is part of the wall built by Jack Fuller around his Brightling Park Estate, providing work for local people. After walking around the pond at the end, leave the woodland by the old gateway.

Old Gateway to Sugar Loaf
Old Gateway to Sugar Loaf

Start point: 50.9531 lat, 0.3741 long
End point: 50.9513 lat, 0.375 long

From the roadside verge, follow the signposted route to the Sugar Loaf, passing the entrance to a reclamation yard. Bear right, uphill, along an enclosed path to a field gate. Turn right at the field gate and follow the licensed path around the field edge, to reach the Sugar Loaf. The Sugar Loaf is one of the follies built by John ‘Mad Jack’ Fuller, Squire of Brightling, 1757-1834. Reputedly built in one night to win a drunken wager that Fuller could see Dallington Church from his lawn, it replicates the spire of the church.

Sugar Loaf to End
Sugar Loaf to End

Start point: 50.9513 lat, 0.375 long
End point: 50.9503 lat, 0.3702 long

Follow the footpath beyond the Sugar Loaf to reach the road via a stile. At the main road, turn right, and follow back to the Swan Inn and the end of the walk.

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2 Comments for: "Woods Corner and the Sugar Loaf"

We found it to be not very dog friendly for dogs that like to be off lead, particularly over the the fields where the the farmer has posted his “polite notice” implying that your dog may be shot for worrying his hay!

By Nikianne on 20 Jan 2018

Lovely, varied walk. Very clear instructions. Some great woods as well as fields and tracks. Very very muddy in winter. Take wellies not walking boots, as you may find yourself up to your ankles like we did! Took us 1 hour 50 mins but would have been less if the route had been dry.

By dobbynobson on 04 Jan 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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