Cowden to Eridge walk

Starts along a valley and then over hills to Hartfield for lunch, followed by an undulating trek thorough woods and fields to Eridge.

Book 3, Walk 3, Cowden to Eridge 1 Midweek Day Walk, 17 May '06

Book 3, Walk 3, Cowden to Eridge 1

Midweek Day Walk, 17 May '06

17-May-06 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 3, Walk 3, Cowden to Eridge 2 Midweek Day Walk, 17 May '06

Book 3, Walk 3, Cowden to Eridge 2

Midweek Day Walk, 17 May '06

17-May-06 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Book 3, Walk 3, Cowden to Eridge 3 Midweek Day Walk, 17 May '06

Book 3, Walk 3, Cowden to Eridge 3

Midweek Day Walk, 17 May '06

17-May-06 • MEW2005 on Flickr

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Purple trees courtesy of purplecam. Cowden to Eridge

Purple trees

courtesy of purplecam. Cowden to Eridge

10-Oct-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Boggy start Cowden to Eridge

Boggy start

Cowden to Eridge

11-Oct-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Old gate Cowden to Eridge

Old gate

Cowden to Eridge

11-Oct-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Over a stile Cowden to Eridge

Over a stile

Cowden to Eridge

11-Oct-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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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.

Updated: Wed, 27-Oct-21

Date # Post
Sun, 18-Apr-21 10

Sunday Walk – Wood Anemones in the Weald

SWC 3: Cowden to Eridge with optional extension to Tunbridge Wells t=swc.3

Distance: Short, Medium and Long on offer:

Short: 10.3 miles/16.5 km

Medium: 12.1 miles/ 19.5 km

Long: 17ish miles/ 27ish km

Difficulty: 4 out of 10 – depending on distance


Train: Take the 9:51 AM East Grinstead train from London Victoria, arriving at Cowden at 10:55 (change Hurst Green 10:36 arrival and 10:41 departure). Return trains from Eridge are at 51 minutes past the hour and from Tunbridge Wells at 09 and 39 past the hour. Buy a day return to Eridge (or Tunbridge Wells if definitely planning to finish there).


This is a lovely walk with options for all. It begins along the Medway Valley and visits the charming villages of Hartfield and Withyham for possible lunch pubs (though it may be safer to bring your own provisions). After lunch, the route undulates through pastures and woods. Usually, there are fine displays of wood anemones near Eridge. For those wanting a longer walk, near Erdige, a short diversion will allow you to pick up the Tunbridge Wells circular (SWC 19) via Harrison’s Rocks where you will also find a collection of wood anemones. In fact, if you are not up for the full extension, you could improvise a circuit around Harrison’s Rocks before finishing in Eridge. You can find more information about the walk and the instructions here (SWC 3) and here (SWC 19).


Pub lunches may be available in Hartfield or Withyham. It would probably be best to call ahead and book if planning on a pub lunch (details of the options are in the walk notes). Post walk refreshies may be available at the Huntsman near Eridge station or at various places in Tunbridge Wells.


It is expected to walk in groups of six and provide contact details. To facilitate the collection of contact details, please pre-register for this walk on the "events" page at https://www.lwug.co.uk/. You will need to first sign-on and possibly register if you have not previously registered on the site.

If you test positive for COVID within a week of attending this walk, please contact me by emailing {remove the AAA} AAAcovid@lwug.co.uk, a private dedicated COVID reporting email address.


Enjoy the walk!

I am recuperating from a back injury at the moment, so will join you for the last leg from the Dorset Arms at Withyham. I'll keeping my boots on this time!
9 people and 1 dog assembled at Cowden station for this undulating route through the Weald under clear bright skis. Many decided to by pass Hartfield and enjoyed picnics on the hillside just outside Withyham or in its church yard. During lunch, 2 regulars were spotted doing a short Withyham circular, a bit later on the promised Dorset Arms starter was spotted near "the rocks" and finally on the outskirts of Eridge we found loads of the promised wood anenomes and another regular walker walking independently. So 10 in total for people doing most of the walk. Most enjoyed a drink in the sunshine of the Huntsman's garden before catching the 4:51 and a few did an extra circuit around Harrison's Rocks before catching the 5:51pm.
Sat, 19-Oct-19 21

Saturday Walk - Cowden to Eridge

SWC Walk #3 - Cowden to Eridge
Length: 19.5km (12.1 miles). Toughness 4/10.

Catch the 10:07 train from London Bridge, arrives Cowden 10:53. Buy a day return to Eridge. Return trains: xx:50


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21 at Cowden, including 2 waiting for the train, who set off across n=very muddy, in some places barely passable paths to Ashurst under n bright sunny skies. The conditions underfoot then improved markedly to Withyham, where many enjoyed lunch at the Dorset Arms and someone mistook my mud plastered boots for their mud plastered but more expensive ones.
The path from Withyham to Eridge was delightfully autumnal (and not so muddy) through sun dappled woods and across bare fields to Eridge, where some confused walkers set off for a rail replacement bus to Tunbridge Wells, which turned out to be a replacement for the steam train on the Spa Valley heritage line, not the regular Southern service! The rest enjoyed the conviviality of an unusually packed Huntsman before catching the 17:50 to London Bridge. Oh, and I spotted my boots on the platform at Eridge just in time to effect a swift transfer.
muddy and sunny
Wed, 05-Jun-19 16

Wednesday Walk Cowden to Eridge

Cowden to Eridge

Length: 10.3 miles (16.5km). 6 out of 10.
a longer walk 13.1 miles (21.2km) is possible.
The plan is to take the shortcut marked [3] in the directions, cutting out Hartfield to have lunch in the Dorset Arms. To do the full walk and have lunch at the Dorset Arms, get the earlier 0907 train (the fare is £13.90 so Network Rail Card discount is negligible). If not lunching at the pub, you can probably fit in the full walk from the 1007. Discuss on the train or briefly on arrival!
"A lovely undulating walk through peaceful Wealden territory of pastures, woods and hills".

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Trains: Get the 1007 Uckfield train from London Bridge to Cowden (Kent) arr 1053 (East Croydon 1021). Returns from Eridge are xx20 & xx50. Buy a return to Eridge. For a longer walk get the 0907 train (all stations are on the same line.

Lunch: The recommended pub is the Dorset Arms Withyham, (01892 770278). Food served noon - 2.30pm Located 6 miles (10 km) from the start of the walk. The Dorset Arms has had good reports, and you might want to make a booking.

Tea: The Huntsman is right by the station & well worth missing a train for.
16 on this pleasant walk. sunny with threat of rain. 11 of us got off the train and got moving quickly to stay ahead of a French group (we were unnecessarily concerned about pub space). 2 started from Ashurst at different times, 1 had got the earlier train, 1 met us having walked from the pub & 1 caught up having missed the train, but wearing the right boots. 3? did the full route. A perfectly timed arrival at the Huntsman rounded off the walk before getting the train back.
Sun, 08-Jul-18 2

Sunday Walk - A peaceful Wealden walk

Cowden to Eridge
Length: 19.5km (12.1 miles) Toughness: 4/10

09:51 Oxted train from Victoria (Clapham Junction 09:58, East Croydon 10:09), changing at Oxted (arr 10:33; dep 10:38) arriving at Cowden at 10:55.

Return trains are at xx:51, changing at Hurst Green or Oxted (journey time 1 hour 18 minutes). Buy a day return to Eridge.

A lovely undulating walk through peaceful Wealden territory of pastures, woods and hills. The suggested lunchtime stop is The Anchor Inn (01892 770424) in Hartfield. Close by is Pooh Corner, a shop whose range of Winnie-the-Pooh paraphernalia will gladden the hearts of all devotees of the famous bear.

A short cut is possible, reducing the walk length to 16.5km (10.3 miles). You could also shorten the walk by 5km by taking the train an hour later and starting the walk at Ashurst.

The recommended lunch pubs are The Anchor Inn (01892 770434) in Hartfield for the main walk, or the The Dorset Arms (01892 770278) in Withyham for the short cut option. As usual on a Sunday, do ring ahead to book a table.

You will need to download the Walk Directions [link fixed].

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2 hot and sunny
Sat, 18-Mar-17 14

Saturday Walk Cowden to Eridge

Length: 13.1 miles (21.2km). Six hours walking time. 6 out of 10.
Shorter option of 10 Miles and later start.

"Starts along a valley and then over hills to Hartfield for lunch, followed by an undulating trek through woods and fields to Eridge." The walk directions say it is 12 miles, but the gpx says 13. You can shorten the walk to 10 miles (and have a later start) by starting from Ashurst. The early start for this walk, is in order to get to the recommended pub in time.
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Trains: Get the 0908 Uckfield train from London Bridge to Cowden (Kent) arr 0953 (East Croydon 0922). Returns from Eridge are xx50. Buy a return to Eridge. For the Ashurst start get the 1008 train (all stations are on the same line. Hopefully Southern will be running these trains.

Lunch: The Anchor Inn Hartfield, (01892 770424). Food served 12pm - 3pm. Located 6 miles (10 km) from the start of the walk, or the recommended Dorset Arms Withyham, (01892 770278). Food served noon - 2.30pm Located 8.7 miles (14 km) from the start of the walk.

The Dorset Arms has had good reports, and you can omit the out and back to Hartfield to shorten the walk.. Best to decide this at the start and make a booking.

Tea: The Huntsman is right by the station, so the hourly return service is less of a problem.


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Just FYI, there is only supposed to be ONE n= number in the report = the TOTAL number on the walk.
the solution is, I believe, to copy and paste the old post w/o the n=xx (but with the total number added) and to then delete the old post. sorry... but it's all for the integrity of the stats...fwiw
copied and pasted from earlier:

David said...
9 caught the early train and started from Cowden and 5 or 6 did the shorter walk from Ashurst, for a total of 14 or 15 walkers. The weather was dry with early sunshine becoming increasingly overcast and breezy. Most chose to eat at the Anchor Inn in Hartfield, but there were a couple of benches in the nearby churchyard for those who had brought sandwiches. After lunch, some of the walkers stopped to visit Hartfield Church, while others pressed on. At least three walkers caught the 3.50 train back from Eridge. Overall, a very pleasant day. The going was largely firm underfoot, with a few boggy patches, and the usual muddy field corners.

Saturday, 18 March, 2017
Sat, 09-Jan-16 7

Saturday Second Walk - Weald: Cowden (or Ashurst) to Eridge


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
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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.

Lunch 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).
For tea 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.
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is anyone doing the short version please ?
Where can I find the walk direction ? It is not in the linked page.
From the linked page click on the respective tab: 'Download Walk (pdf)'
I found it. Thank you, Thomas.
7 dry then wet then dry
5 intrepid souls alighted from the train to start the slide through the muddy fields and hills. 2 others had taken the later train to walk from Ashurst ('caught' at lunch). V beautiful countryside, quiet and undulating, with a fair amount of far views and gushing streams. Muddy paths, slithery hillsides, churned paths and lots of standing water turned this into a proper workout. We decided early on that the Withyham pub would be our lunch choice, so from the church in Hartfield spared ourselves the short out and back into the village. Fabulous lunch at the Dorset Arms (we took over the table from the short walkers). Welcome bevvy stop at The Huntsman in Eridge. 15.50 train for some, 16.50 for the others.
Sat, 10-May-14 6 Cowden to Eridge
Sat, 05-Apr-14 Ashurst to Eridge
Sun, 26-May-13 4 Cowden to Eridge, with short cut
Sat, 12-Jan-13 12 Ashurst to Eridge
Sun, 20-May-12 Cowden to Eridge
Sun, 06-Feb-11 Cowden to Eridge
Sun, 06-Feb-11 Ashurst to Eridge
Sun, 31-Jan-10 Cowden to Eridge, with short cut
Sun, 14-Jun-09 Cowden to Eridge
Sat, 11-Oct-08 Cowden to Eridge
Sat, 10-Feb-07 Ashurst to Eridge