Nice tree

Nice tree

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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Summer snowflake

Summer snowflake

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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A bend in the road

A bend in the road

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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A view unfolds

A view unfolds

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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Old barn

Old barn

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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Prominent tree

Prominent tree

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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Stating the obvious

Stating the obvious

Etchingham to Wadhurst

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Etchingham to Wadhurst via Ticehurst walk

Hilly Wealden landscapes, ancient villages and Bewl Water reservoir

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.

Date # Post
Sat, 05-Aug-17 16

Saturday Walk – The High Weald and Bewl Water

Extra Walk 208c – Etchingham to Wadhurst, with a Bewl Water loop
Length: Around 18½ km (11.5 miles). Toughness: 5/10

10:15 Hastings train from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 10:18, London Bridge 10:23, Orpington 10:40), arriving Etchingham at 11:30. Buy a return to Etchingham.

Trains back from Wadhurst are at 29 & 59 minutes past the hour until 19:29, then hourly.

One of the first extra walks in the SWC repertoire included some attractive sections along the western side of Bewl Water and this walk extends that by approaching the reservoir from the south-east. You can choose whether to stick to the walk's main route and enjoy views of the water from the surrounding hills, or take one or two optional diversions down to its shoreline. As with all SWC walks you can decide for yourself what you want to do, but reading the notes I find option (c)'s “ideal way to visit the reservoir with a minimum of effort” particularly appealing, so I'll propose that as the basis for discussion.

In the morning you'll pass some refreshment places in the village of Ticehurst at around 1pm, but the notes urge you to keep going for another 15 minutes to the Bull Inn in Three Leg Cross: “very much the recommended pub stop for this walk”. Even if you take some detours in the afternoon you should reach Wadhurst's tearooms in good time (the Cottage Tea Room should stay open until 5pm), but in any case there are a couple of pubs as alternatives. As regulars will know it's a long way from the village to its station, but if you're pressed for time you can forego the pleasant back lane route and simply walk down the main road.

You'll need to download the directions from the Etchingham to Wadhurst walk page. T=swc.208
I'm planning to do a circular from Wadhurst and will look out for the group at the lunchtime pub.
16, including two late starters who caught up with us at the lunchtime pub. Mainly dry with a couple of sharp showers in the afternoon.
Sun, 25-Sep-16

Sunday Walk 1: Etchingham to Wadhurst

Etchingham to Wadhurst SWC Walk 208
Length: 16.9km (10.5 miles)
Difficulty 5/10 gently hilly
This classic Wealden walk is a hilly mix of pasture and woodland, fine panoramic views, oast houses, a cobnut orchard, and the villages of Ticehurst and Wadhurst.
Optional loops take you to the beautiful Bewl Water reservoir.
Trains
Get the 09:49 Hastings train from London Bridge (East Croydon 10:06) arr 11:12 Get a return to Etchingham.
Trains return from Wadhurst at xx:00 and xx:29
Lunch: The notes recommend the Bull Inn in Three Legged Cross (01580 200 586). Walker (and dog) friendly pub with an interesting and not overpriced menu.
An earlier quirkier option is the Bell in Ticehust (01580 200234) quirky garden, quirky décor, even a quirky gents.
This pub is also handy for a nearby picnic spot in the churchyard.
There is another (untried) pub nearby - the Chequers, if you want to chequer it out.
Tea
You are unlikely to make Wadhurst’s teahouses before closing time (if, indeed, they open on Sunday) but there are two pubs. The Greyhound, encountered first, is perhaps the more amenable (tea in pots) and the White Hart a little later.
Note that it is still quite a trek from Wadhurst to the station so allow 40-50 minutes for the recommended route, 25-35 for the roadside route.
Directions here
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Sat, 07-Nov-15 17

Saturday Second Walk - Wadhurst bonfire and fireworks

SWC Walk 208 - Etchingham to Wadhurst
Length: 16.9km (10.5 miles), extendable to 20.9km (13 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10: quite hilly, but gentle gradients

10.15 train from Charing Cross (10.18 Waterloo East) to Etchingham, arriving 11.30

Buy a day return to Etchingham

For walk directions click here.

(Longer walk option: 9.15 train from Charing Cross or 9.18 Waterloo East to Robertsbridge, arriving 10.34: Buy a day return to Robertsbridge)

In past years I have really enjoyed the Wadhurst Bonfire and Fireworks, a friendly village event that nevertheless boasts a good-sized firework display and a roaring big fire (and lets you stand close enough to feel the heat). Though it is very much a community undertaking, they don't seem to mind a few walkers joining them.

To get you there, this pleasant Weald walk which though it has had a Sunday and ?midweek? outing, has not, as far as I know, had a Saturday airing since its check walk in March 2014. While having plenty of fields and views, the walk has a decent amount of trees, which should be showing good autumn colour. It has several sections on quiet tarmac, keeping the mud count down.

The recommended lunch stop, the walker-friendly Bull Inn in Three Legged Cross, accommodated us even when fully booked on a Sunday back in February ("Don't worry: we WILL feed you"), but the posher Bell Inn a kilometre or so earlier in Ticehurst is also an option and has been recommended by some walkers.

In Wadhurst the Wealden Wholefoods Cafe is great if you can get there by before 4pm (last orders: closes 4.30pm). The White Hart pub sells tickets for the bonfire (though you can pay on the door), but we usually find the Greyhound down the road more congenial, and it serves tea in pots.

LONGER WALK OPTIONS:

  • You can take an earlier train (see above) and start from Robertsbridge (option d, page 10), adding 4km/2.5 miles to the morning of the walk (= 20.9km/13.9 miles in all). As the extension takes almost exactly an hour, it is possible to meet up with the main group at Etchingham. This route has not been checked since March 2014, so if you discover any areas that need correcting, please make a note of them.
  • Those starting in Etchingham can also extend the walk to the shores of Bewl Water Reservoir. Three options are given for doing this, but the easiest, for these short days, is c) (paragraph 54 of the directions) which adds just 1 mile (1.6km) to the walk length and is actually a slightly less strenuous way to Wadhurst than the main walk route.

THE BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS

Gates open 5.30, bonfire 6.30pm, fireworks 7.30pm: to find the site follow the crowds or ask a local

After the fireworks, you can walk down the main road to the station (pavement all the way, 2.2km/1.4 miles: allow 40 minutes) or follow the walk directions down the back lanes (torch needed: 3.3km/2 miles: allow 55 minutes: in para 76 ignore the stile into a field and instead take the next lane left, directly downhill, to come in about 400 metres to the T-junction mentioned in para 78).
Trains back are at 16.00, 16.29, 17.00, 17.29, 17.59, 18.29, 18.59, 19.29, 20.29, 21.29, 22.29






17 bloody awful in the morning wet and windy then drier in the afternoon
Wind and rain in the morning. The fields around Etchingham were flooded but we avoided them by following the recommeded detour. The ground on this walk was generally quite soggy so probably this walk s best done in drier times. At least 4 gave up after (a very delicious) lunch at The Bell and hopped on the bus to Tunbridge Wells for tea and cake. Others carried on and the weather improved in the afternoon, with less drizzle and eventually dry weather. Some stopped for well earned refreshment in the pub at Wadhurst before heading to the station or onto the bonfire and fireworks.
Five of us went to the Wadhust Bonfire (possibly three more who stated their intention to go over tea but were last seen deep in a bottle of champagne). As ever, this was an excellent event, well attended but not crowded, with a great big bonfire in whose heat one could sunbathe, and then a firework display as good as one can get anywhere. For me, however, the highlight always is, and was on this occasion, the walk down the back lanes in the deep dark (torches discouraged! They ruin your night vision!) to the station, a magical 50 minutes. We got the 9. 29 train home.
Sun, 02-Aug-15 11

Sunday walk 2 – Etchingham to Wadhurst

Etchingham to Wadhurst SWC Walk 208
Length: 16.9km (10.5 miles)
Difficulty 5/10
This classic Wealden walk is a hilly but gentle mix of pasture and woodland, fine panoramic views across valleys, oast houses, a cobnut orchard, and the villages of Ticehurst and Wadhurst.
Optional loops take you to the edge of Bewl Water reservoir.
Trains
Get the 9:55 (Waterloo East 9:58) Hastings train from Charing Cross arriving 11:12
Trains back at xx:00 and xx:29
Get a return to Etchingham.
Lunch The earliest option is the Bell in Ticehust (01580 200234 ) – this would also tie in well with the picnic spot in the nearby churchyard. (As a sign near the pub says, “12th C church that way, 21st C dingdong this way”) Gentlemen will be intrigued by the 'facilities' in the Bell. Once seen, never forgotten.
There is another (untried) pub nearby - the Chequers.
The notes recommend a later pub, the Bull Inn in Three Legged Cross (01580 200586), 1.1km/0.7 miles further on.
Tea
You are unlikely to make Wadhurst’s teahouses before they close (if indeed they open on Sunday) but there are two pubs, The Greyhound, encountered first, being perhaps the more amenable (tea in pots) and the White Hart a little later.
Note that it's still quite a trek from Wadhurst to the station so allow 40-50 minutes for the recommended route, 25-35 mins for the roadside route.
Directions here
Two great walks on Sunday. Difficult to choose. Thank you MoonTiger. Should you not be promoted to a Saturday walk poster position?
Yes, thanks Tigger. (However, any more fame and he's in danger of being stalked by that nasty dentist from Minnesota).
I always thought posting twice on a Sunday was far posher than run of the mill one on a Saturday
Mr Tiger ain't afraid of no dentist. Not unless he’s near his teeth he ain’t. Grrr!
11 walkers for this. very hot and sunny
One or two navigational challenges. We had to enveigle our way through the maize strips at point 24. This required an element of faith, there being no visible path. It’s fairly robust stuff so no damage done. Later we encountered an overgrown oat field.
Most went to the Bell for lunch, much to the surprise of one walker who had sped ahead to the Bull in the belief he had fallen behind. The Bell have an interesting back garden and provided some fairly posh grub that seemed to go down well. Starters, though, were described as “hit and miss”. The beetroot and quinoa salad was particularly minimal. More chutzpah than quinoa.
Some got the bus after lunch. For the remainder, on return, some went to the Greyhound, others the White Hart. Some went via the reservoir, some didn’t. Some went along the road to the station, some took the back way.

3 Only made it 4 miles to lunch in the first pub before quitting. Our waitress had to run us to Wadhurst station, on account of the next scheduled bus being Monday morning! The food in the pub was pretty average. Still I can't criticise the service!
Very hot and sunny????.Pleasantly warm and sunny I think is nearer the mark. Wadhurst church is lovely and worth a visit before the last leg along the lanes to Wadhurst station. The 2 teashops in the village are closed on Sundays but the Greyhound does a decent cup of tea for £2.
Someone didn't pay for their lunch. It was paid for by other walkers. She had Brixham Crab and a drink. Ring any bells? Please remember to pay for your food, drinks and service before leaving the pub. The Lunch Monitor.
Sun, 08-Feb-15 11 Etchingham to Wadhurst
Sat, 22-Mar-14 32 Etchingham to Wadhurst, with first Bewl Water loop
Sat, 22-Mar-14 Robertsbridge to Wadhurst