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Crowborough and Rotherfield

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Crowborough and Rotherfield
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 19 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide star1 Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide star1 Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide star1 Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide star0 Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide
East Sussex, Crowborough
Walk Type: Woodland
Crowborough and Rotherfield
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide boot Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide boot Crowborough and Rotherfield Walking Guide
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A 5.5 mile (8.5km) circular walk from Crowborough rail station in East Sussex. This is a typical country walk taking you through remote areas of hills, fields and woodland. You will enjoy long stretches of woodland paths in Old Lodge Warren and Hornshurst Wood as well as passing through the small village of Rotherfield. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The terrain is moderate in difficulty and includes some hills as well as stretches that can be muddy. You will need to negotiate several gates, footbridges, flights of steps, sections of boardwalk and 7 stiles. Three of the stiles have adjacent dog gates, and the others either have fence gaps for dogs or should be low enough for agile dogs to hop over. The majority of the route is through woodland or enclosed paths, but you will cross one grass pasture that may be holding sheep. There are a couple of stretches along quiet country lanes. One stretch of the route crosses a golf course so watch out for any stray flying golf balls. Allow 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes from Crowborough rail station, making it ideal for arriving by public transport. If you are coming by car the station has its own large car park. Approximate post code TN6 2JR.

Walk Sections

Start to Palesgate Lane
Start to Palesgate Lane

Start point: 51.0468 lat, 0.1884 long
End point: 51.0494 lat, 0.1951 long

Starting from the Crowborough rail station, turn right to follow Station Approach to its junction with Crowborough Hill. Turn right to follow the road under the railway bridge. Immediately after the bridge, turn left, crossing the road, to join the signposted footpath running alongside the railway line. Follow the path keeping to the route beside the railway, to reach Palesgate Lane.

Palesgate Lane to Pill Box
Palesgate Lane to Pill Box

Start point: 51.0494 lat, 0.1951 long
End point: 51.0608 lat, 0.2067 long

Cross the road and continue to follow the path alongside the railway. The route now continues for a further distance of approximately 2 kilometres (1.25 miles), through the Woodland Trust site of Old Lodge Warren. As you walk through the Woodland Trust wood of Old Lodge Warren, sandwiched between the railway and the Crowborough Ghyll (a ravine), there are some great views looking down into this classic, deep Wealden Ghyll. After passing the remains of an old pumping station, a large footbridge and World War II pill-box are reached.

Pill Box to Water Works
Pill Box to Water Works

Start point: 51.0608 lat, 0.2067 long
End point: 51.0658 lat, 0.2122 long

Ignore the footbridge to the right, instead continue to follow the narrow path behind the pill-box. Continue to follow the woodland path, crossing sections of boardwalks and small bridges, to reach a stile. From the stile, continue straight ahead for a short distance to reach a footpath junction. Turn right across the large footbridge and follow the path to the rear of the Southern Water treatment works.

Water Works to Main Junction
Water Works to Main Junction

Start point: 51.0658 lat, 0.2122 long
End point: 51.0621 lat, 0.2142 long

Follow the route uphill, across the first track reached, to continue ahead, as signposted. Follow the signposted path, into Hornshurst Wood, and continue along the wide track. Continue ahead to reach the next main junction of tracks.

Main Junction to Woodland Edge
Main Junction to Woodland Edge

Start point: 51.0621 lat, 0.2142 long
End point: 51.0559 lat, 0.2134 long

Turn right and follow the main track. Continue straight ahead at the next signposted footpath junction. Just before reaching the left-hand bend in the track, turn left onto the signposted footpath. Follow the path uphill as signposted, crossing the next track, before continuing in the direction indicated by a further signpost. Continue to follow the track to reach the woodland edge.

Woodland Edge to Rotherfield
Woodland Edge to Rotherfield

Start point: 51.0559 lat, 0.2134 long
End point: 51.0477 lat, 0.2198 long

At the woodland edge, continue to follow the fenced path straight ahead, as signposted to cross a stile. Cross the next field to a second stile, and then on to a third stile, half way along the field boundary. Bear left, and follow the track to reach the road. Turn right to follow the road into the centre of Rotherfield.

Rotherfield to Court Meadow
Rotherfield to Court Meadow

Start point: 51.0477 lat, 0.2198 long
End point: 51.045 lat, 0.2182 long

Turn right on reaching the junction in Rotherfield, beside Rotherfield General Stores. Immediately before reaching the church, turn left to follow Church Path, along the edge of the churchyard. Bear right after the second kissing gate to follow the route along the edge of the small car park, and on, between the houses. On reaching the road, a branch of Court Meadow, turn right.

Court Meadow to Golf Course
Court Meadow to Golf Course

Start point: 51.045 lat, 0.2182 long
End point: 51.0407 lat, 0.2104 long

At the next road junction, turn left, and follow it for a short distance. As the road bears left, follow the footpath, beside number five Court Meadow. Continue along the route behind the houses of Court Meadow Close, then past the pond, before joining the enclosed path heading towards the golf course.

Golf Course to Far Boundary
Golf Course to Far Boundary

Start point: 51.0407 lat, 0.2104 long
End point: 51.0399 lat, 0.2062 long

NOTE: This next short stretch crosses golf course fairways, so please show respect for the golfers by allowing them to play their shots before you cross and keep your eyes peeled for any stray flying golf balls. From the footbridge, follow the signposted route across the golf course. On reaching the boundary on the far side of the golf course, turn right to follow the route between the boundary hedge and fenceline.

Far Boundary to Clackhams Lane
Far Boundary to Clackhams Lane

Start point: 51.0399 lat, 0.2062 long
End point: 51.0423 lat, 0.1945 long

Turn left through the handgate (pictured) onto the waymarked footpath and follow the route to the right of a clump of trees. Continue downhill along the field edge path, with the boundary to your left. Continue along the enclosed path, crossing over a deep ghyll, and onward to reach a stile onto Clackhams Lane.

Clackhams Lane to Millbrook Nurseries
Clackhams Lane to Millbrook Nurseries

Start point: 51.0423 lat, 0.1945 long
End point: 51.0429 lat, 0.1927 long

Turn left to follow Clackhams Lane for a short distance to the road junction. Turn right onto Treblers Road, and follow it for a short distance. Turn left onto the surfaced driveway signposted to Millbrook Nurseries. On reaching the entrance to the Nursery, continue straight ahead, to the right of the gates.

Millbrook Nurseries to End
Millbrook Nurseries to End

Start point: 51.0429 lat, 0.1927 long
End point: 51.0469 lat, 0.1884 long

Turn right at the end of this short section of Byway, and follow the road to the next road junction. Turn left and follow Mottins Hill, turning left at the end, to join the main road. Follow the road under the railway bridge, and after a short distance, turn left to return to the station and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Crowborough and Rotherfield"

Really nice walk but definitely for a sunny day. Did this in April after rain and the mud was awful.

By swhite on 07 Apr 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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