Starts along a valley and then over hills to Hartfield for lunch, followed by an undulating trek thorough woods and fields to Eridge.
Main walk:19.5km (12.1 miles). Six hours walking time. For the whole excursion including meals and trains, allow at least 9 hours
Short cut walk: 16.5km (10.3 miles), five hours 15 minutes walking time
OS Landranger Map 188, Explorer Map 135 and 147
4 out of 10
This is a beautiful walk in classic Weald territory of pasture, woods and hills.
In the lunchtime village of Hartfield you will find Pooh Corner, selling all kinds of paraphernalia relating to AA Milne's famous creation (including the Official Rules for Poohsticks).
Withyham has several interesting buildings. The path into the village goes through the grounds of Old Buckhurst, in its time one of the largest houses in England but with only a stone gatehouse standing today. Next to the impressive Rectory, a corner of the adjacent Monk's House has been cut off, supposedly because one 19thC Rector wanted to be able to see Old Buckhurst, the home of his ancestors. The Church of St Michael and All Angels contains full-size reproductions of four 14thC Italian paintings and some impressive monuments.
Trains on Monday to Saturday go from London Bridge to Cowden, journey time 45 minutes. On Sunday there is no direct train service. Take the East Grinstead train from London Victoria and change at Oxted, journey time just over an hour. Buy a day return to Eridge.
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Take the train nearest to 9.40am from London Bridge or London Victoria.
The Anchor Inn Church Street, Hartfield, TN7 4AG (01892 770424 / www.anchorinnhartfield.co.uk). Food served noon - 2pm Mon - Sat (to 1.45pm Sun). Located 10 km from the start of the walk
The Dorset Arms Withyham, TN7 4BD (01892 770278 / www.dorset-arms.co.uk). Food served noon - 2pm Tue - Sun. Located 7 km from the end of the walk
The Huntsman Eridge Rd, TN3 9LE (01892 864258) Serves tea, coffee etc. 5.30pm - 11pm Tue - Sat, 7pm - 11pm Sun. (Closed on Mondays.)
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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