SWC Walk 3 – Cowden to Eridge
Length: 21.2 km (13.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 370 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 5 hours
Toughness: 6 out of 10
Ashurst to Eridge
Length: 16.0 km (10.0 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 330 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 4 out of 10
For the full walk take the 09.08 Southern service from London Bridge to Uckfield (although the departure board may say ‘Crowborough’, as a bus replacement is in place south of there), arrives Cowden 09.53; or the 10.08 train if walking the short version (arrives Ashurst 10.58, just about when the long walkers pass by).
Return trains: XX.50 (62 minutes journey time). All three stations are on the Uckfield line. Buy an Eridge return ticket.
This is a beautiful walk on the Kent/East Sussex border in classic, pretty 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. 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 19th century 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 14th century Italian paintings and some impressive monuments.
is either at the Anchor Inn, Hartfield
(10.9 km/6.8 mi into the full walk, 5.7 km/3.6 mi else, food until 15.00 hours), or at The Hay Waggon
just next door, or at the Dorset Arms, Withyham
(13.3 km/8.3 m into the full walk, 8.1 km/5.1 mi else, food served until 14.30 hours).
in Eridge, The Huntsman
right by the station
seems to be the only option, it is open all afternoon these days.
A further shortcut is possible around lunch (cut 3 km and the two pubs in Hartfield). Details in the walk directions
, found here
, as are map
, height profile, photos
and gpx/kml files.