Forest Row to Sheffield Park walk

Heath and Mixed Woodland. Return by Bluebell Line Steam Train, or longer Circular Walk


Linear walk: Forest Row to Sheffield Park returning by Bluebell Line to East Grinstead: 18 kms (11.2 miles).

Circular walk: Forest Row to Wych Cross 21km (13 miles) and Forest Row 25km (15.5 miles).

Forest Row is a 13 minute bus ride from East Grinstead station. Wych Cross is 18 mins


4 out of 10


OS Explorer 135


This walk starts from Forest Row (a bus ride from East Grinstead station) and heads to Horsted Keynes for lunch. After lunch there is a choice:

  • a circular walk returning to Forest Green (then return by bus to East Grinstead)
  • continue to Sheffield Park, and return by heritage steam train (the Bluebell line) to East Grinstead

However, steam train times from Sheffield Park do not work out in practice, and as such, this walk has been re-worked as Walk 132: Horsted Keynes Circular. Other options:

  • The #270 East Grinstead to Forest Row bus continues to Danehill (1 km off the route, after lunch), Horsted Keynes (the lunch stop), and on to Haywards Heath (station) - for drivers who parked in Forest Row this is fine, but would mean 2 bus journeys for train travellers
  • About 2km further south along the Sussex Ouse Valley Way from Sheffield Park is Newick, where the #31 bus goes to Haywards Heath (station) - not suitable for drivers who parked in Forest Row, and again this means 2 bus journeys for train travellers

This is a gem of a walk through an intricate landscape of streams, heath and mixed woodland accompanied by toot toot of the steam train followed by an awe inspiring collection of full size locomotives at the Sheffield Park Museum and a nostalgic train journey back (cream teas can be served on the train if booked in advance). Not to be missed, entrance to the loco shed is included in your return steam ticket. The lunch pub is a high standard and smoke in your eye is free if you stick your neck out the window. One thing you can't do on modern trains.

The walk is intended to be undertaken as part of a round trip by bus and steam train to and from East Grinstead Station. Alternatively you can return by foot or bus to Forest Row at various stages making it possible to do a circular walk to and from Forest Row in which case you do not travel on the Bluebell Line but you still travel by bus to and from E. Grinstead.

The first 3 kms of this walk is shared with the short (10 km) Forest Row Circular. Participants could divert at Goat's Cross to do that (instructions NOT included here), continue to Sheffield Park (18 km) or return to Forest Row from the lunch time stop of this walk (Full instructions given here). A decision as to whether you are going to ride on the Bluebell Line does not have to be made until after lunch.

This is a 'Map Walk'. To do the walk, it is necessary for at least one member of your party to have the correct map and a compass. OS Explorer Map 135 Ashdown Forest. The route has been planned to incorporate the best route available within a reasonable time. The directions alone without the map are insufficient to complete the walk.

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Start: Forest Row, Kent Directions

Finish: Sheffield Park, East Sussex Directions

Map Walk This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.

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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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