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Bishopstone and Tide Mills

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Bishopstone and Tide Mills
Author: East Sussex Walks, Published: 20 Oct 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide star1 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide star1 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide star0 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide star0 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide
East Sussex, Newhaven
Walk Type: Coastal
Bishopstone and Tide Mills
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide boot Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide boot Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide
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A 5 mile (8km) circular walk from Bishopstone rail station, between Newhaven and Seaford in East Sussex. The route enjoys lovely coastal views from the beautiful downland hills and visits the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve and the ruins of Tide Mills, a derelict village which was abandoned in 1939. This walk is one of a collection published through a collaboration between iFootpath and East Sussex County Council.

The route is moderate in difficulty and follows a mixture of concrete tracks and grass paths over downland and farmland. There are a couple of road crossings and a rail crossing that need care. You will need to negotiate several gates and some steps plus 5 stiles (one wall stile and four fence stiles). You may come across livestock, including cattle, in the downland grass pastures. Allow 2.5 hours.

Bishopstone is on the East Sussex coast, between Newhaven and Seaford. The walk starts and finishes at Bishopstone rail station, making it ideal for arriving by public transport. If you are coming by car, there is limited roadside parking available along Station Road. Approximate post code BN25 2RB.

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Walk Sections

Start to Rail Bridge
Start to Rail Bridge

Start point: 50.7802 lat, 0.0828 long
End point: 50.7805 lat, 0.0815 long

Starting from Bishopstone Station, leave the station via the exit at the western end of the platform. From the platform, descend the steps to Marine Road. Cross the road and turn right to go under the railway bridge.

Rail Bridge to Flint Wall
Rail Bridge to Flint Wall

Start point: 50.7805 lat, 0.0815 long
End point: 50.7857 lat, 0.0884 long

After the bridge, turn left onto the signposted footpath, and follow the route across the field to reach the A259. Cross the main road, turn right and follow for a short distance, to the next signposted footpath on the left. Turn left and follow the path signposted to Bishopstone. After crossing a stile, follow the path along the foot of the slope, to reach a tree stump stile crossing a flint wall.

Flint Wall to Denton Path
Flint Wall to Denton Path

Start point: 50.7857 lat, 0.0884 long
End point: 50.7873 lat, 0.0856 long

Cross the flint wall and continue across the next field in the direction indicated to the field corner and Bishopstone Road. Turn left and follow the road, passing the first footpath junction, before reaching a second footpath on the right into trees. Turn right and follow the footpath signposted to Denton.

Denton Path to Open Downland
Denton Path to Open Downland

Start point: 50.7873 lat, 0.0856 long
End point: 50.7922 lat, 0.0788 long

As you start to follow the path onto the South Downs, you pass some ponds, and beyond, there are views of the village of Bishopstone. Follow the path along the edge of the wooded area (The Rookery). After passing a footpath junction, with a kissing gate on your right, continue straight ahead along the wide path to reach a second kissing gate, this time on the route. After the next kissing gate, the route reaches open downland.

Open Downland to Farm Buildings
Open Downland to Farm Buildings

Start point: 50.7922 lat, 0.0788 long
End point: 50.7948 lat, 0.0713 long

Continue to follow the path ahead to reach a junction of five paths. From this point on the Downs, there are some far reaching views, towards the Port of Newhaven, and inland across the rolling hills. Turn left and cross the two stiles at the path junction, before following the path across the field, heading downhill towards the farm, as signposted. On reaching a stile beside a field gate, cross the stile and follow the path ahead, joining the track, and passing to the rear of the farm buildings.

Farm Buildings to Seaford Road
Farm Buildings to Seaford Road

Start point: 50.7948 lat, 0.0713 long
End point: 50.7963 lat, 0.0669 long

After passing the farm buildings, continue to follow the enclosed path ahead to reach another stile. Continue to follow the route ahead, across the field using the uncropped path. At the bottom of the field, turn left and follow the track beside the old yard area to reach the main road, Seaford Road.

Seaford Road to Allotments
Seaford Road to Allotments

Start point: 50.7963 lat, 0.0669 long
End point: 50.7926 lat, 0.0596 long

Cross the road with care and follow the signposted path into the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve. Follow the surfaced path ahead for a short distance, before following the signposted, grass path, through the Nature Reserve. Turn left at the path junction on the edge of the recreation ground, and follow the well-defined path, passing some allotments.

Allotments to Rail Crossing
Allotments to Rail Crossing

Start point: 50.7926 lat, 0.0596 long
End point: 50.7845 lat, 0.0716 long

After passing the rear of some factories, the route rejoins the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve, from which point, continue to follow the surfaced, banktop path to reach the road. Turn right and follow the path beside the main road for a distance of approximately 400 metres (440 yds). Turn right and follow the surfaced track (Mill Drove) to the railway.

Rail Crossing to Beach Edge
Rail Crossing to Beach Edge

Start point: 50.7845 lat, 0.0716 long
End point: 50.7829 lat, 0.0682 long

Cross the railway and continue, to reach the ruins of Tide Mills. This is the site of several tide-powered flour mills that operated from the late 1700s. The village of Tide Mills grew up around the original flour mills and by the mid-1800s there was a sizable population. By the end of the 1800s the mill was in decline and it closed in 1883. The village was abandoned entirely in 1939 and only ruins remain today. At the footpath junction, continue straight ahead, along the concrete track towards the sea.

Beach Edge to End
Beach Edge to End

Start point: 50.7829 lat, 0.0682 long
End point: 50.7804 lat, 0.0829 long

At the signposted path junction at the edge of the beach, turn left and follow the surfaced path towards Seaford, with Seaford Head visible in the distance. The path follows the line of the old railway and passes more ruins, these being the remains of the early 20th century Chailey Heritage Marine Hospital. On reaching the road, just past the sailing club, turn left and follow it for a short distance back to the entrance to Bishopstone Station and the end of the walk.

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1 comments for "Bishopstone and Tide Mills"

lots of urban sprawl, you are never far from it. good views over the downs and st andrews church.

By JohnSuxxes on 25 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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9263_0eastsussexwalks1508326448 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 18 Oct 2017
There are lovely views from the downland pastures
9263_1eastsussexwalks1508326448 Bishopstone and Tide Mills Walking Guide Image by: East Sussex Walks
Uploaded: 18 Oct 2017
Bishopstone rail station is an interesting building

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