Winter sunshine on Highams Wood, near Forest Row

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St Michael and All Angels Church, Withyham

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Prize specimen

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Autumn colours on the Forest Way

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Autumn colours on the Forest Way

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The Dorset Arms, Withyham

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Sackville Chapel, Withyham church

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Eridge to Forest Row and East Grinstead walk

Along the High Weald Landscape Trail to some attractive villages in the upper Medway Valley


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: Thu, 17-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sat, 24-Nov-18 11

Saturday walk - Eridge to Forest Row or East Grinstead

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 click here. For GPX click here.

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!!).

For lunch 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, 16.27, 17.04, 17.26, 18.03, 18.35, 18.57, 19.46, 21.14.

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 are here (starting in paragraph 133) and you need pages 9-11 of the document. GPX file here. 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.

Hi, I want to print the directions but the type is scrunched up in a wide column on the left of the page can this be re formatted so the instructions use the whole page.
Thanks !
Sorry about this. This appears to be a glitch on the site. The link has now been changed to go to the home page of the walk where the directions are at the bottom of the page in html. This should cross fingers print like any web page.
Back on a sunny day, a group of us enjoyed the Hop Yard Brewery in Forest Row.
11=n on this walk. Overcast throughtout the day, but a lovely walk nonetheless. Two people had lunch in the Dorset Arms, and the remainder had lunch in the Anchor Inn, very nice with fires or had sandwiches outside.

We then pushed onto Forest Row, where some people took the bus back to East Grinstead, two walked to East Grinstead rather than come into Forest Row. Three of us had tea in Taffells and then a spooky walk back to E Grinstead along the old railway line, and caught the 6.36 train back.

A very nice day out.

Wed, 10-Oct-18 13

Wednesday Walk - The Sussex Weald: Eridge to Forest Row or East Grinstead

Length: 17.5 km (10.9 mi) or 22.8 km (14.2 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 359/296 to Grinstead; Net Walking Time: 4 ¼ hours or 5 ½ hours
Toughness: 5/10 or 6/10
Take the 10.07 Uckfield train from London Bridge (East Croydon 10.22), arrives Eridge 11.03.
Return trains from East Grinstead: xx.06 and xx.36.
Buy an East Grinstead return (you may then have to buy a single Oxted – Eridge ticket on board).
After leaving the rural station at Eridge – shared with steam trains on the Spa Valley Railway – you are soon in the undulating countryside typical of the High Weald. At Mottsmill Stream the walk joins the High Weald Landscape Trail and follows this long-distance path through the Buckhurst Estate, with a glimpse of its grand house, Buckhurst Park. As you leave the estate you enter the small village of Withyham with its notable parish church, and the pub lunch the Dorset Arms.
A short stretch then takes you to the neighbouring village of Hartfield, associated with the author AA Milne and his most famous creation: coachloads of tourists regularly descend on Pooh Corner to buy all manner of Winnie-the-Pooh memorabilia. The walk then crosses the River Medway and climbs up the other side of the valley, with fine views across to Ashdown Forest. The descent into Forest Row goes through the co-operative enterprise of Tablehurst Farm.
You can either finish the walk here or complete an Extended Walk up the long gentle incline of the Forest Way, a popular cycle route along the track bed of a disused railway line. The hilltop town of East Grinstead has many old buildings dating back to the 14thC, including Sackville College (a Jacobean almshouse) and the imposing St Swithun's Church.
Lunch: The Dorset Arms in Withyham (8.0 km/5.0 mi, lunch served to 14.30).
Tea: plenty options in Forest Row and Grinstead, check the webpage for details.
For summary, map, height profile, photos, walk directions and gpx/kml files click here. T=swc.109
13, hot and sunny
We hit the jackpot with this beautiful walk in perfect conditions.
Despite it being mid October and the leaves changing colour, we walked as if in high summer.
The Dorset Arms provided high quality lunches for 10 of us.
We all kept together in the afternoon, stopping at Tablehurst Farm for refreshments. Arriving at Forest Row by 5pm.
Hop Yard Brewing Company supplied further sustenance for 7 of us.
Finally catching the bus to East Grinstead for the 18.36 train, to complete a great day.
Sat, 22-Apr-17

Saturday Walk - Bluebells and Wealden views

SWC Walk 109 - Eridge to Forest Row or East Grinstead
Length: 17.5km (10.9 miles) or 23km (14.3 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10

10.08 train from London Bridge (10.22 East Croydon) to Eridge, arriving 11.03

Buy a day return to Eridge. On the return leg you technically need to buy a single from East Grinstead for the three stops to Hurst Green (where the outbound and return routes diverge, but if you ask at the ticket barrier they often let you through as both lines are operated by Southern. Point out that Eridge is a bit further from London than East Grinstead.

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This walk along the High Weald Landscape Trail passes through several nice little bluebell woods in the morning and one in the afternoon. There are also some pleasant views both before and after lunch, and a wide choice of tea places in Forest Row, including a farm shop with outside tables and homemade cakes just before the village.

In theory there are two pub choices for lunch, but you might be advised to get into the first one, the Dorset Arms in Wythyham, if at all possible, since I see that a 28-strong Meet Up Group is lunching at the second pub, the Anchor Inn in Hartfield. (Blast 'em! Normally I avoid clashes of this kind, but they are getting the train an hour earlier than us, so we will probably not encounter them.) In extremis, the cutsey Piglet's Tearoom in Hartfield could doubtless provide some sustenance - and isn't there another cafe too, The Pantry?

If you are finishing the walk in Forest Row (the 10.9 mile version) you have to take a 270 or 291 bus from there to East Grinstead station: these run at 15.58, 16.27, 16.59, 17.26, 18.04, 18.35, 19.03, 19.49, 21.14 and 22.44.

Otherwise it is an easy 3.4 mile stroll up the old railway line to East Grinstead for the full 14.3 mile walk.

*** Another option, which as far as I know has never been tried, is to switch to SWC Walk 40 in the afternoon at Cansiron Lane (end of section 7) and then follow its route into East Grinstead. This bypasses Forest Row but brings you to tea options in East Grinstead and makes a total walk from Eridge of 13.6 miles. To do this, print pages 8-10 of this document. Once heading west on Cansiron Lane, SWC 40 joins up a driveway from the left in 600 metres: your next direction is then paragraph 73 on page 8 of the SWC 40 document.
Trains back from East Grinstead go at 07 and 37 past until late.
might do this ..anyone else pls?
I am sure it will be a popular walk, do not worry
I intend to do this one
Me ... sounds superb!!

myself and one v.well behaved canine hoping to come along..I'm sure that's fine with you Walker ?

No, no objections
Thanks walker!
Sat, 28-Mar-15 30 Eridge to Forest Row
Sat, 28-Mar-15 Eridge to East Grinstead
Sat, 28-Sep-13 19 Eridge to Forest Row
Sat, 28-Sep-13 Eridge to East Grinstead
Sat, 02-Mar-13 29 Eridge to Forest Row
Sun, 23-Sep-12 Eridge to Forest Row
Sat, 07-May-11 Eridge to East Grinstead