Buxted Circular walk

A gentle walk through the Weald to Poundgate, with some nice views of the Weald and the distant South Downs.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date Post # Weather
Sat, 26-Feb-22 Saturday Walk - Buxted Circular 15
Sat, 01-Aug-20 Saturday walk - Buxted Circular 19 warm blue sunny skies with occasional cloud
Sat, 22-Jun-19 Saturday walk - Buxted Circular - the Weald without the winter mud warm sunny sometimes cloudy
Wed, 20-Mar-19 Wednesday Walk - Buxted Circular 15 dry if overcast with a breeze and warm
Sat, 11-Feb-17 Saturday walk - Gentle southern hills 12 snowy and grey and misty but not too cold
Wed, 25-Jan-17 Wednesday Walk - Buxted Circular 21 misty
Sat, 31-Jan-15 Buxted Circular 9
Sun, 19-Oct-14 Buxted Circular 13
Sat, 01-Dec-12 Buxted Circular
Sat, 23-Jun-12 Buxted Circular
Sat, 19-Nov-11 Buxted Circular
Sun, 17-Jul-11 Buxted Circular
Sat, 16-Oct-10 Buxted Circular
Wed, 02-Jun-10 Buxted Circular
Sat, 26-Feb-22
Saturday Walk - Buxted Circular
Buxted Circular swc.95

Length: 10.1 miles (16.3km) 3 out of 10

This is a gentle walk over a mix of fields and woods from a quiet station on the quiet Uckfield Line in East Sussex. It heads north for lunch at the rural Crow and Gate pub at Poundgate.

There are views of the distant South Downs ridge for most of the walk. At the end, there is choice of 2 pubs for a drink

Trains: Get the 1007 Uckfield train from London Bridge (East Croydon 1022) arriving Buxted at 1116. From Victoria, get the 0954 Three Bridges train changing at East Croydon 1010. Return trains are xx37
Lunch: The Crow and Gate (0892 603461) Food served noon - 10pm daily Part of the "Vintage Inn" chain, located 5 miles, 8.5km from the start of the walk.
Tea: You pass The Buxted Inn. The White Hart is further down the main road after the station turn off.

  • 26-Feb-22

    Three of us took the alternative route at the end and got slightly lost. We left one chap on a hillside to fly his drone that he apparently carried with him in his rucksack. Two of us found our way back to Buxted with plenty of time for refreshments. Sarah

  • 26-Feb-22

    15 off the train on a delightful sunny day. Plenty of mud. Good service at lunch & not crowded despite the website saying full. The afternoon has the best views & around 8 of us got the 1637 with 5 minutes to spare, without rushing.

Sat, 01-Aug-20
Saturday walk - Buxted Circular
Length: 16.3km (10.1 miles)

Catch the 10.07 from London Bridge (10.22 East Croydon), arriving at Buxted at 11.16.

For walk directions click here, for GPX click here, for a map of the route click here. T=3.95

This walk has been suggested by Brian, who says: East Sussex is looking at its best at this time of year, so, and this is a lovely slice of it meandering through woods and rolling fields, with some beautiful panoramic views, especially in the afternoon.

Lunch: the Crow and Gate (from where, if necessary, you can cut the walk short with a bus to Eridge on the Uckfield line or Tunbridge Wells on the Hastings line).

Return trains are at 37 past the hour, with a choice of two pubs if you have to wait for the train (or even if you just fancy a drink at the end of the walk - Ed).
  • Anonymous
    30-Jul-20

    Thank you for scheduling, Walker.

  • 30-Jul-20

    Not me: Brian. He chose the walk and provided all the info.

  • SardoMan
    01-Aug-20

    I'm starting two hours earlier to do some birdwatching.

    I hope to meet you all en route. just

  • SardoMan
    01-Aug-20

    I'm starting two hours earlier to do some birdwatching.

    I hope to meet you all en route.

  • 02-Aug-20

    3 at the station met 16 off the train and set off in socially distanced groups under warm blue sunny skies with occasional cloud across a very pretty part of East Sussex where farmers were busy harvesting hay and barley ("that's the thing about summer" someone commented "it smells so good.")

    The lunchtime pub, the Crow and Gate, was reached shortly after 1pm, and 6 walkers had reserved a table - reports on food awaited. Sadly, those hoping for just a drink were turned away as the pub was "at capacity." The afternoon produced a mixture of fine panoramas and meanders through sun-dappled woodland to arrive back at Buxted in time for a drink outside the Buxted Inn after which some went off to explore the White Hart. A very pleasant day's walk in excellent company.

  • 02-Aug-20

    19 . (The system does not add up all the n= numbers, Brian: it just takes the highest one.)

  • 02-Aug-20

    As one of the lucky diners I can confirm that the food was Gastro excellent as was the service. Despite the pub and garden being empty with many spare tables it appears that if you arrive late for your booking on the terrace and the legal maximum of diners/drinkers has been reached you will be denied boarding even for a drink as bar service is banned. Sandwich eaters please note for this and future bookings at other venues so make sure you bring plenty of water and a flask of coffee/tea to last the day! We actually managed 7 dining at 2 tables and were glad not to be turned away. Many thanks to Brian for the table reservation as it was his pod who arrived too late even for a drink so I understand.

Sat, 22-Jun-19
Saturday walk - Buxted Circular - the Weald without the winter mud
Length: 16.3km (10.1 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

10.07 train from London Bridge (10.22 East Croydon) to Buxted, arriving 11.16.

For walk directions click here, for GPX click here, for a map of the route click here.

Because of its length, this walk has a tendency to get posted in the winter, but you have to go back to the late Middle Ages (all right, 2012 then) to find it getting a summer posting. I thought it might be nice to try it without the slithery winter mud and to enjoy the gentle hills and woods and fields of the southern Weald in (hopefully) warmer weather.

Lunch is the Crow and Gate, which from memory is a fairly capacious and efficient chain pub, which is located almost exactly halfway through the walk (and pretty much at its highest point too, as far as I recall).

For tea you have a choice of two pubs in Buxted. The White Hart, mentioned on the walk home page as being refurbished, seems to be in operation again, and there is also the Buxted Inn. Both are open for drinks all afternoon, but those seeking sweet treats might like to note that the kitchen in the White Hart is closed until 6pm. The Buxted Inn may or may not do food all afternoon (its website is ambiguous).

Trains back from Buxted are at 37 past the hour.T=swc.95


  • 23-Jun-19

    16 off the appointed train with a n= 17 th catching up at lunch time. A warm sunny sometimes cloudy day. Not a lot in flower - some pink stuff (campion) some white stuff (hawthorn, if I remember right) and a few orchids in the woodland. Plenty of stiles for any trainee ballet dancers, including one example made out of string (sadly, though, my ballet dancing days are over). Navigation through the golf course was a challenge for some (but not an insurmountable one). The Crow and Gate has a “we welcome muddy paws and boots” sign outside and seemed to please at lunch time. Back in Buxted, some sat out by the Buxted Inn for a refreshing blast of car-fumes to clear all that horrible fresh air out of their lungs. One walker got a rather nice looking dessert (sadly, only one spoon). Others went to the White Hart where there was a garden to sit in. There, they were told of a farm tea-shop not 15 minutes walk away that also does “pick your own fruit”. Some speculated that maybe the walk could be diverted to go past it. I said they’d have to talk to the walk’s author about that, but I will put details of Oast Farm on the comments page.

Wed, 20-Mar-19
Wednesday Walk - Buxted Circular
Length: 16.7 km (10.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 298 m
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10
Take the 10.07 Uckfield train from London Bridge (10.22 East Croydon, 10.36 Oxted), arriving Buxted at 11.16. From Victoria: 09.55 Brighton train (Clapham J 10.02), change East Croydon.
Return trains: xx.37 as well as 18.07 & 19.07 (76 mins).
The last time we walked this on a Wednesday, some daft bugger turned up with a kilt, but then it was Burns' Day, so it is unlikely to happen again...

This is a gentle walk over a mix of fields and woods from a quiet station on the Uckfield Line in East Sussex.
It heads north for lunch at the rural Crow and Gate pub at Poundgate. There are views of the distant South Downs ridge for most of the walk.
Lunch: The Crow and Gate in Poundgate, Crowborough (8.7 km/5.4 mi, food all day).
Tea: The Buxted Inn (open all day) or The White Hart Pub & Steakhouse (open from 18.00).
For summary, walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.95
  • Anonymous
    20-Feb-19

    Please note the vegan menu at lunch pub! The Lunch Monitor .

  • 20-Mar-19

    14 walkers off the train, 1 other an hour behind due to a cancelled train connection. The weather was dry if overcast with a breeze and warm . Around lunch the sun broke through for a short while even. Mud there was some - in the woods, and quite a bit around some field gates in the pastures. Views were surprisingly clear despite the clouded sky, out to the South Downs etc. The pub lunch (one walker had helpfully booked a table) was very pleasant, the pub being part of the Vintage Inns group, who are usually reliably efficient and with quality food. This one didn't disappoint. 1 walker took a bus from the pub after some equipment failure, 9 others got to Buxted with time on hand for a stop at The Buxted Inn before the 16.37. Everyone else probably was on the 17.37.

    Woodpeckers were heard, carpets of wild garlic with wood anemones dotted between them dominated the very last wood, but almost all other woods had impressive carpets of bluebells, alas w/o blue bells yet. 15

  • Marion
    25-Mar-19

    The relaxed walking group of 4 enjoyed tea and homemade fudge at the excellent pub next to the station and caught the later train. We hope that F made it home OK on the bus after the sole of her trainers disengaged.

    This is becoming an increasingly common problem with poor glue adhesion and rubber soles falling apart from footwear components sourced from the far East. I understand that the Clarkes shoe group have offered to replace shoes bought in their stores however old they are!! Anyone else with similar experiences?

Sat, 11-Feb-17
Saturday walk - Gentle southern hills
SWC walk 95 - Buxted Circular
Length: 16km (9.9 miles)
Toughness: 3 out of 10

10.08 train from London Bridge (10.23 East Croydon) to Buxted, arriving 11.16.

For walk directions, click here.

The Midweek walkers had a pleasant day out on this gentle outing in the southern Weald a couple of weeks back, so I thought all you wage slaves might also like to have a crack at it.

There is not a lot to say about this walk, except that it is classic SWC walks territory - woods and fields and quiet lanes. Listen out for increasing spring birdsong. There is only one lunch pub - the Crow and Gate - but it is a large and cosy one. It may be worth ringing them up to nab a table as they are probably busier at weekends than they are midweek.

Just after lunch you can get a fine view of the distant South Downs (see the lead photo for this walk). At the end there are two pubs for tea.

Trains back are at 38 past the hour.

  • Anonymous
    09-Feb-17

    is anyone doing this walk? it sounds less strenuous than the other options !

  • 09-Feb-17

    I am aiming to do this walk and judging on recent numbers there are likely to be 15 or so others out

    Stephen

  • Anonymous
    10-Feb-17

    In tghe light of the weather I may decide not to go out after all but I daresay there will be some die hards

    Stephen

  • Anonymous
    12-Feb-17

    12 off of the train though there could have been a hell of a lot more as reportedly loads ( well maybe 2 ) went to the wrong platform at East Grinstead.

    The weather was snowy and grey and misty but not too cold . One walker was in a T-shirt in the afternoon.

    The going was as slippery as a Turkish wrestler struggling with a large angry eel with extra slipperyness as one of the walkers ( Turkish ) put it whilst it was as muddy as ( extended simile wanted please - did Blackadder ever do one about mud ? ). It was noted that the walk poster was absent - it would seem that he had far more sense than us. All of the walkers were regulars.

    The large pub, part of the Vintage chain, was very friendly and efficient and the food selection was excellent Myself and 2 others of the 8 lunchers had veggie burgers which were very nice, unlike the usual ones these were quite moist having courgette and carrot in them as well as a fair portion of beans / pulses. As we left the barman / manager gave one of the women a card and said that if we got stuck in the awful weather he would come out and rescue us which was very kind of him though it was noted that the men in the group were just asked to fill out an online survey to report how good he had been at hosting us - hmmmm.

    Unfortunately there were no cabs available at the pub so we all had to do the walk after the large lunch, even the slacker that didn’t want to.

    In the afternoon the scenery was rather Narniaish with a magical misty overtone but the snow stopped shortly after we had left the pub and then gradually disappeared from underfoot and in the end the wind died down apart from occasional noisy gusts.

    6 hours after we had started out on this anti-peregrination we arrived back at where we had all started with half the crew popping into the pub by the station for a one hour sojourn.

    Warm train and a one hour snooze back to London Bridge - happy

    P Harty

  • 12-Feb-17

    The walk poster did NOT have more sense than you: he was merely on another walk (Berwick to Seaford), being bound by ties of guest-friendship to Stargazer - and also wanting to give that walk a check. I was in fact one of the midweek walkers who did Buxted recently, when it was equally bleak - misty and cold, though I don't remember wrestling with any Turkish eels. Nice cosy pub, though, innit?

Wed, 25-Jan-17
Wednesday Walk - Buxted Circular

"Some hae meat an canna eat, And some wad eat than want it, But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae let the Lord be thankit."
...a free drink for anyone turning up in a kilt (or at least a 'See you Jimmy'-hat), or reciting a Rabbie Burns poem...

Length: 16.7 km (10.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 390m
Net Walking Time: 4 ½ - 5 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.08 Uckfield train from London Bridge (East Croydon 10.23), arrives Buxted 11.16.
Return trains: 16.37, 17.07 (to VIC, chg Hurst Green), 17.36, 18.02 (to VIC, chg Hurst Green), 18.36, 19.04…
This is a gentle walk over a mix of fields and woods from a quiet station on the Uckfield Line in East Sussex. There are views of the distant South Downs ridge for most of the walk.
Lunch: The Crow and Gate in Poundgate, Crowborough (8.7 km/5.4 mi, food all day, judging by the online booking options).
Tea: The Buxted Inn (open all day) or The White Hart (open from 18.00).

For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos, a video and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.95

Next Week: SWC Walk 1a Lenham to Hollingbourne
  • 19-Jan-17

    We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne.....looking forward to a wee dram and other Scottish specialties on a Burns Day outing....

  • 25-Jan-17

    19 on this walk including one late starter. Since there was a Scottish theme to the day it was perhaps appropriate that the weather was misty , only lifting to low cloud near the end of the walk. So no views but also less mud than there might have been due to the ground remaining frozen below the surface. Navigation was at time more testing in the mist but there were some magical effect in the woods.

    The Cow and Gate (didn't that used to be a brand of baby milk?) proved to be a top hole pub: large, cosy, quick to take orders and swift to serve them. In the afternoon I saw my first bluebell plant shoot, a reminder of happy times to come.

    At the end of the walk we gathered in the pub to recite some Burns poetry - thanks to Stargazer for bringing the book. A variety of Scottish acccents were tried, some quite authentic-sounding. One walker also bravely turned out in a kilt.

    On the train home Stargazer produced a jam jar of an alarming-coloured liquid that turned out to be a tasty wee dram. We also had some wine and there was even some singing, to the bemusement (or - who knows? - delight) of weary commuters nearby.

  • 26-Jan-17

    21 actually, we thought. marcus, pete and I counted 19 in our corner of the pub, and there were two others sat in another area, and that w/o at least a handful of Wednesday regulars... if this becomes a trend, time for two mid-week walks?

  • Anonymous
    26-Jan-17

    Please. Not two mid-week walks. Choice is great at the weekend, but let's not get silly on Wednesdays. 20 or so is a great number and few pubs are likely to be swamped, surely? Having that number simply means that we are more likely to walk in shifting sub-groups: the SWC way.