: 17.1km (10.6 miles) to 23.3km (14.4 miles) From Robertsbridge
: 21.1km (13.1 miles) to 27.3km (16.9 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10 T=3.208 Etchingham start
: 10.00 Charing Cross
(10.03 Waterloo East
, 10.09 London Bridge
, 10.26 East Croydon
) to Etchingham, arriving 11.31 Robertsbridge start
: 9.00 Charing Cross
, 9.09 London Bridge
, 9.26 East Croydon
) to Robertsbridge, arriving 10.34 The eagle-eyed will notice that these trains are travelling via the Redhill-Tonbridge line today, adding 20 minutes to journey times. But the extra time will pass swiftly in stimulating conversation and this routing means the trains also call at East Croydon.
Buy a day return to Etchingham
, depending on where you plan to start.
For walk directions
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The standard version of this walk, starting in Etchingham, makes a pleasant 10.6 mile
Wealden walk, but to add extra spice to it you can take one of three extra loops
that take you down to the edge of the Bewl Water Reservoir
. These add 1-2 miles to the walk, or you can combine two of them to add as much as 3.8 miles.
It is also possible start this walk from Robertsbridge
, adding 2.5 miles
to the route. Conveniently, this takes about an hour to walk, so if you take the 9am train outlined above, you should arrive at Etchingham just as the later starting walkers are arriving there. You can then go on to do just the standard walk, or also one of the Bewl Water loops. *** LONG WALK CHALLENGE
: The longest possible
combination of options is to do the Robertsbridge start and then BOTH
loops to Bewl Water. This would make a total walk of 27.3km (16.9 miles)
. As far as I know, no SWC walker has yet done this.....
Whatever option you choose, lunch
is at The Bell
in Ticehurst or The Bull
in Three-Legged Cross 1.1km further on. Both are often quite booked up, but the Bull in particular has been good in the past about squeezing us in. Having said that, The Bell has received good reviews from walkers in the past. The Greedy Goat Cafe in Ticehurst is, alas, only open to midday on Saturdays, which is not much use, but when I last looked the village did have a convenience store in case of emergencies.
, Wadhurst has two pubs, both doing tea, and several shops. If you can get there before it closes at 5pm, Jempson's Cafe
has good cakes. The Cottage Tea Room
(if it still exists) is open to the same time. The Wealden Wholefoods Cafe
stops taking orders at 4pm.
It is about 50 minutes walk
by the back route or 40 minutes
down the main road from Wadhurst to Wadhurst station. Time your arrival at the latter carefully as there is nothing to do but wait on the platform if you miss your train. If you are feeling lazy, there is a bus
, the 254
, from the stop just outside the Greyhound pub in Wadhurst village (on the same side of the road), at 05
past to 18.05
, taking 5 minutes to get to the station (so connecting very comfortably with the 29 past train) Trains back from Wadhurst
are at 29
past till 19.29
and then hourly at 29 past