Book 2 Walk 19; SWC Walk 222; SWC 30: Stonegate to Battle – An Experimental Exploration Using Parts of 3 Walks! T=SWC.222
Distance: 14 Miles or 22.5 km for those more metrically minded (with an option to shorten to 12.5 miles (or 20 km) by using the start from SWC 112 which takes a more direct route to Burwash).
Difficulty: 4 out of 10
Train: Take the 10:15 AM
Southeastern Hastings bound train from London Charing Cross
(10:18 Waterloo East; 10:23 London Bridge; 10:40 Orpington) to Stonegate, arriving 11:26. Return trains from Battle are roughly just past the hour by a few minutes and 36 minutes past the hour until 19:02; then, XX:07 until 22:07
. Buy a day return to Battle.
This walk is a bit of an experiment – pulling together sections of three walks to create a new route from Stonegate to Battle. I had planned to post it a bit earlier in the year – but circumstances required a deferral. Unfortunately, a small section of footpath may be overgrown at this time of year – but, hopefully, since it is still early June it will be passable. Our journey features a seldom posted route via Brightling with its strong “Mad Jack” Fuller
We will start with the Book 2 Walk 19 route from Stonegate to Burwash for lunch (a shorter option, saving almost 2 miles/3.5 km, is available using the route to Burwash from SWC 112). After lunch, we will continue with Book 2 Walk 19 for a short distance past Batemans (basically to the [§]
at the bottom of the second column of page 4 of the PDF instructions for Book 2 Walk 19) where we will pick up the interconnector instructions from SWC 222 – care will need to be taken here as we will be following these interconnection instructions backwards for a few kilometers
. We will then pick up the instructions for SWC 222 proper and carry on with them using the Battle ending option which picks up the instructions from SWC 30 for the shorter ending via Netherfield. It appears that we will be able to stop for afternoon refreshies at the White Hart
in Netherfield before setting out on the final leg into Battle. You can find more information about the walk and download the walk instructions here
and here. Please bring all three sets of instructions (or relevant portions thereof). If planning to do the shorter route to Burwash in the morning, those instructions can be found here.
Burwash has a couple of options for lunch – the currently recommended is the Rose & Crown
pub (01435 882 221). Battle has a host of options for tea and stronger post walk libations.
Enjoy the walk!