Balcombe Circular, Book 1 walk 16
Length 17.6 km. 10.9 miles
Clocks went back today (that's if we remembered to put them back). It will get dark an hour earlier.
The clocks are ticked off about it. Their complaint has been seconded and gone in the minutes.
Features of this High Weald walk include a ruined manor house, a churchyard with a 600 year old yew and 17th C fake Roman ruins. You also pass Nymans
gardens (as featured on TV
). You can visit if you've £11 to spare (NT members free). From the footpath, you get a view of the Japanese Garden and lake and then go through a woodland section that can be impressive in autumn. Good news:
For years, this walk was blighted by a dangerous road crossing that required a diversion. There's now an underpass and the old route's been reinstated (point 37). Also, a tricky rail crossing near the end (point 63) has been replaced by a footbridge - see comments page.
Take care on the stone steps just after the start (point 1). They are slippery when wet and hard if you fall on them. Use the handrail. (Poor Mr Tiger hurt his own front paw here a few years ago and had to wear a sling. For ages.) Trains:
get the 9:27
Brighton train from Victoria (Clapham Junction 9:35, East Croydon 9:46) arrive Balcombe 10:15. It'll feel later, you've had a lie-in, remember. Return trains xx:30 Lunch:
Your early lunch stop is the Red Lion in Handcross 01444 400292 or later on you have the Victory Inn
01444 400463 and Jolly Tanners
01444 400335, both in Staplefield. Visitors to Nymans could avail themselves of the garden's cafe. Sadly, the Chequers in Slaugham has closed. Tea:
You got the Balcombe Tea Rooms 01444 811777, open till 4 and the Half Moon
01444 811582. Walk Directions
: Available in book 1 but best to use the updated on-line version