20b Robertsbridge to Battle
Length: 17.2 km (10.7 miles). Toughness: 3/10
Catch the 10:00
from Charing Cross
(Waterloo 10:03 London Bridge 10:08) arrives Robertsbridge 11:34.
Longer walk option start at Etchingham: 22.2 km (13.8 miles). 3/10. Catch the 9:00 train from Charing Cross (Waterloo 9:03 London Bridge 9:08) arrives Etchingham 10:30.
Shorter walk option 20a Robertsbridge Circular: 14 km (8.7 miles) 1/10
Buy a day return to Battle (unless taking the short circular walk from Robertsbridge).
Return: Bus from Battle to connect with Robertsbridge train x:24 xx:54 18:54 xx:54 until 21:54, journey time 13 minutes.
Return trains from Robertsbridge xx:17 xx:47 19:17 xx:17 until 22:17
The intention is to stop at the The Cross Inn
, Staplecross for lunch rather than the later pub at Seddlescombe. The Cross Inn caters for dining vs. the odd cheese roll of past times. Important Note:
Immediately after the Cross Inn, ensure you take the straightforward route (as marked by [I]
in the directions dated 11 Jan 2017), which avoids the ongoing earthworks, poor waymarking. There is a right of way but it is not at all clear and possibly not helped by the odd local resident. (Too late in the day to get onto the local rights of way officer in Lewes, but I will be checking the situation out after lunch and getting in touch with the local rights of way officer should there still be a problem.) Thanks to Walker - ref. Walk Comments page - for the alternative route which will save a lot of hassle on the day.
For the main walk 20b Robertsbridge to Battle print out pages 1,6,7, 9-14, 17.
For the Shorter walk option 20a Robertsbridge Circular print out pages 1, 5-9, 17.
For the Longer walk option in addition to the pages for 20b, download the Wadhurst Long Walk option
and print out pages 9 and 10. To link up with this walk section from Etchingham station head NE (away from Etchingham) along the main A265 road. After 400m, fork left up a minor road. In 180 m you pass by a Primary School on your LHS. In a further 400m pass by a lane off to your L. In 250m turn right at an easily missed enclosed footpath
(marked by a yellow arrow on a footpath post to the left of the footpath entrance), your direction 160 degrees. to pick up the directions from [L5]. Once you arrive in Robertsbridge, pass by The Seven Star pub on your LHS and continue up George Hill. Immediately past a small bookshop on your left (and with the war memorial / clock tower on your right), turn left to pick up the directions page 7, 1st col, para 3 "Follow this fenced-in footpath, ignoring a left turn off after 160 metres...."
*** Alternatively for a shorter more direct route from Etchingham to Robertsbridge SWC 208d option
in reverse.*** T=2.20