Length: 17.5km (10.9 miles),
with possible extension
to 21.5km (13.4 miles) or 23km (14.3 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10. T=3.109 10.07
train from London Bridge
(10.22 East Croydon
) to Eridge, arriving 11.03.
Buy a day return to Eridge
. This is often accepted for return from East Grinstead (a different branch of the same line) but if not you would only need to buy a single three stops to Hurst Green, where the two routes join.
For walk directions
. For GPX
This walk had a Wednesday outing just over a month ago but it is 19 months since the workers had a chance to do it. It is a simple and pleasant walk along the High Weald Landscape Trail, with fine views at times. In winter the Weald can get very muddy but it is not quite winter yet and so far paths have been quite firm (famous last words!!)
the favoured locale is usually the Dorset Arms
in Withyham after five miles, but a slightly later alternative another 1.5 miles further on is the Anchor Inn
in Hartfield. In Forest Row there are now tea
options galore, even including a Costa Coffee
, but it is hard to beat the ever-friendly Taffels
. To end the walk in Forest Row
(10.9 miles) catch a 270
or 291 bus
to East Grinstead from outside the Brambletye Hotel at 16.03
These buses go all the way to East Grinstead station
, from where trains return at 06 and 36 past
A possible EXTENSION to the walk
is to walk from Forest Row to East Grinstead. If you follow the route in the walk directions, which goes up the old railway line, this is a gentle walk uphill along a broad track, adding 5.5km (3.4 miles)
to the walk, making a total walk of 23km (14.3 miles).
This route is easy to follow even in the dark (with a full moon
to help if skies are clear) and the last mile or so is in any case through the lit streets of the centre of East Grinstead.
Another slightly shorter way to extend the walk
is to switch at Cansiron Lane, the end of section 7
in the walk directions, to SWC walk 40, East Grinstead Circular
. Directions for this option
(starting in paragraph 133) and you need pages 9-11
of the document. GPX
. This makes a total walk from Eridge of 21.5km (13.4 miles)
, including about a mile through East Grinstead to the station. You miss out the tea options in Forest Row but there are plenty in East Grinstead, mentioned in paragraphs 142-145 of the direction.