Main walks (both): 18.1km (11.2 miles)
Shorter circular: 15.5km (0.7 miles)
Weir Reservoir Circular: 20.1km (12.8 miles)
Visit Standen short walks: 7.2km (4.5 miles) to 11.6km (7.2 miles)
Anticlockwise walk: 4 out of 10 - mostly gentle gradients. Clockwise walk: 5 out of 10 - two big hills
The walks start and finish at East Grinstead station. There are trains every half hour to this from London Victoria, though in Monday to Friday rush hours some trains go to London Bridge instead. Regular buses run from East Grinstead station to Forest Row (the lunch stop) Monday to Saturday: the 270 and 291 both go hourly, with services late into the evening. However on Sunday services are very limited with only one 291 bus every two hours: for more up to date times see www.metrobus.co.uk
The train nearest to 9.50 for the anticlockwise walk: the train nearest to 10.20 is possible for the clockwise walk
OS Landranger 187, OS Explorer 135
Like many towns in the Weald, ancient East Grinstead is perched upon a high hilltop. The old town is still there, though now surrounded by a modern development sprawl, and to the south of it is classic Wealden territory of woods and hills and open fields. There are two walks: an anticlockwise and clockwise walk. Both visit the National Trust property of Standen and both (but particularly the clockwise walk) have bluebell woods in late April and early May. It is also possible to do the morning of one walk with the afternoon of the other, or use these directions to do a short walk to the National Trust property at Standen. See the pdf download for full details
Obvious lunch choices when you emerge onto its high street are the Chequers Inn Hotel (01342 823333, www.chequers1452.co.uk). Next door to it on the left is the Java and Jazz Cafe and Pizzeria (01342 862699) which is open until 10.30pm Monday to Saturday, or 6pm on Sundays. There are also other pubs serving food in the village, including The Brambletye Hotel and The Swan Inn.
Forest Row also has various other cafes, pubs, restaurants and a convenience store or two.
The most obvious option in East Grinstead is the large Caffe Nero in the historic High Street, which is open until 6pm Monday to Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Around the corner in London Road, the rather smaller Costa Coffee keeps the same hours.
Nearer to the station is Bluebells (01342 458 491) www.bluebellscafe.co.uk on the corner of Railway Approach, open till 5pm daily.
For an even later option, you could check out CJ’s Coffee Bar just before Caffe Nero, which is open until late evening Monday to Saturday, though only till 7pm on Sunday.
On the clockwise walk, it is possible for National Trust members to get tea at Standen, which is 4.6 miles (7.4km) beyond the lunch stop in Forest Row.
Another tea option if taking the book one ending to the clockwise walk is the Old Dunnings Mill pub, which has outside tables, and seems to be open afternoons, at least in summer. A final backstop alternative if doing the book one ending is the Starbucks Cafe in the Sainsbury’s by East Grinstead station, which even has some outside tables (albeit overlooking the car park). This is open till 8pm Monday to Saturday, but only 4.30pm on Sunday.
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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.
This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk