Hever to Ashurst
Length: Main Walk: 16¼ km (10.1 miles).
Short Walk 1, starting from Cowden: 12½ km (7.8 miles).
Short Walk 2, finishing at Cowden: 11½ km (7.1 miles).
Difficulty: 4 out of 10 for the main walk, 2 and 3 out of 10 for the shorter options.
Trains: Take the 9.51 East Grinstead train from London Victoria (CJ 9:57, East Croydon 10:09) Change at Hurst Green 10:37 to catch the 10:41 Uckfield train to Hever, arriving 10:53.
If you plan to start the walk in Cowden, it is one stop beyond Hever. A later train could be taken.
Return trains from Ashurst are at xx:00 every hour, journey time 1 hour 11 minutes to London Victoria, changing at Hurst Green.
Buy a return ticket to Ashurst (or Cowden if you are finishing there).
This walk takes in a quiet part of the High Weald on the border of Kent and East Sussex. The route passes several attractive old manor houses. This is a surprisingly remote area of low hills and wooded valleys.
Lunch: The only pub on the walk route is The Fountain (01342-850528) in Cowden village, 7¾ km from Hever (4 km from Cowden station). This is an attractive village pub with a new conservatory and a secluded beer garden. It serves good home-made food up to 2.30pm (later on Sundays).
Tea: There are few refreshment places in this remote countryside, but the routes to Ashurst pass the Perryhill Orchard Farm Shop & Tea Rooms (01892-770595) in mid-afternoon. The Farm Shop is open daily to 5pm and sells a tempting range of local ciders (which you can taste beforehand); the tearoom closes at 4.30pm. Allow at least an hour to reach Ashurst station, 4 km away. from the station. There are no refreshment options after this.
For walk directions, map and GPS click here