View into the valley

Nearing Burwash Stonegate to Robertsbridge

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Burwash view

Stonegate circular

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View from near Burwash

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Approaching Burwash

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Stonegate Circular walk

Remote, rolling Hills, Burwash for Lunch and Batemans (NT, Rudyard Kipling's home)


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Mon, 08-Apr-19

Date # Post
Sun, 18-Mar-18 3

Sussex Weald - Stonegate Circular

Stonegate Circular
Length: 15.5km (9.6 miles) Toughness: 3/10

09:55 Hastings train from Charing Cross (London Bridge 10:04, Orpington 10:20) arriving Stonegate at 11:07.

Return trains are at xx:23 (journey time 73 mins).

This walk in the Sussex Weald traverses rolling hills, quiet valleys, woods and pastureland. It arrives in the unspoiled village of Burwash for lunch and then passes Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s former home, now a National Trust property.

Options for shortening or lengthening the walk are described in the directions.

The walk directions describe several possible places for lunch in Burwash, including the Rose and Crown (tel 01435 882600).

You will need to download the walk directions.

3 walkers today in sub zero winds with grey skies and light snow in the afternoon. This was the muddiest walk I've ever been on, and I've got the boots to prove it.Even the green pasture on the hilltops was completely sodden and felt like a wet sponge.
In two different large fields, an over population of horses being kept outdoors all winter, has reduced the land to a quagmire, forcing us out on the nearest road.
A large but unsociable group of younger walkers stormed off the train in front of us, took a wrong turning after 200m, and then followed us all the way to lunch.
We eat sandwiches in the porch of Burwash church, then sped onwards to catch the 1623 home. Joe.
3 very cold with some snow
Sat, 08-Apr-17 39

Saturday Walk - Stonegate Circular

Stonegate Circular - Book 2 Walk 19
9,6 miles/15.5km

A springtime walk in a quiet part of the Weald, passing by Rudyard Kipling's former rural retreat at Bateman's.

Trains: Take the 10:15 Hastings service from Charing Cross, arriving at Stonegate at 11;26. Return trains from Stonegate at xx23/53.

Lunch: The Rose and Crown, Burwash, 01435 882600, 160m down the High Street from the church. A short way further on is The Bear Inn, 01435 882540.

The Wheel Inn at Burwash Weald is a possible mid-afternoon stop. There is nothing near the station.

Click here for full details and walk directions

At the risk of seeing "splittist" I plan to do the morning of this walk, the switch to the afternoon of SWC Walk 112 (Stonegate to Robertsbridge) to walk to Robertsbridge.

If anyone wants to join me, they are welcome. This afternoon route is very pretty at this time of year it is a favourite April walk of mine and is only marginally longer than the Stonegate circular at 16.4km/10.2 miles. However, it is not any part of my agenda to dissuade anyone from the Stonegate ending, which is also very nice.

If you want to join me, buy a day return to Robertsbridge: directions here to robertsbridge/SWC Walk 112 Stonegate to Robertsbridge.pdf

(You still need the book 2 directions for the morning route, as the morning route of SWC 112 is a bit different)
Departs 10:23 from London Bridge if that suits better
39 on this walk a gorgeous day out on a day of gorgeous sunshine. With spring bursting out all over, bright green leaves, lambs In the field and pure blue skies, what greater happiness could one ask for?

At least a dozen sandwichers enjoyed a heartstopping view over the valley at Burwash. The rest of us went to the Rose and Crown (sitting outside, of course). They grumbled a bit about the influx but in truth were not hugely busy otherwise and produced dishes at a brisk rate.

After lunch many opted to go on to Robertsbridge. Some may have gone to Batemans. The nine of us in the rear dawdled shamelessly looking at flowers and trees. There were early purple orchids and wild cherry blossom and cuckoo flower and primroses. Lots and lots orange tip butterflies and some holly blues too. Towards the end of the walk there was a bluebell wood that had definitely reached the "blue fuzz" stage. Blackbirds and chaffinches and chiffchaffs and nuthatches sang.

Unlike many pubs, the Ostrich in Robertsbridge produced tea in mugs speedily and had nice beer. Then a dozy golden train ride home, wondering if it had all been just a dream.
Fri, 23-Dec-16 4

Day walk

CW2 Walk 19 - Stonegate Circular variation
Length: 10 km (6.2 miles). Toughness: 1/10
Standard walk option: 15.5km (9.6 miles)
Catch the 10:15 from Charing Cross (Waterloo East: 10:18, London Bridge 10:23) arrives Stonegate 11:26.
Return from Stonegate 15:23 16:18 16:51 17:17 17:52....

This walk uses a shorter morning section into Burwash, thereafter it is the standard Stonegate Circular walk via Burwash Weald to Stonegate station. As well as the main walk directions here, you'll also need to download the Stonegate Options pdf file.

Pages required:
From the TOCW2_Walk_19_Stonegate_Options.pdf file print pages 1-2 inc. for the walk into Burwash.
From the TOCW2_Walk_19_Stonegate_Circular.pdf file print pages 1, 4-7 inc. for the walk from Burwash via Burwash Weald back to Stonegate station.

I've posted this walk as I need to check missed out sections from the walk check carried out earlier this year on Sat 4th June. As the morning section of this variation is fairly short it may be preferable to stop for lunch at the Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald, rather than in Burwash. Of course any others coming on this walk may prefer to take the standard longer 15.5km route. (In the afternoon after Burwash Weald I want to check a small section of the long walk out from Burwash Weald that has possibly changed since June, so I will probably end up walking 14 - 15km.)

Intend going.
might do this
is anyone doing this walk please?
Yes intend going and will will do the the standard route back to Stonegate total 10 km 6.2 miles
Sorry please ignore last post, grandchild minding crisis so not able to join you today
4 people on this walk through pretty countryside in a part of Sussex that has a remote feel. We didn't catch up with our walk checker after our lunch time split though I think the remaining three ended up doing the main walk, about 9 miles. Lunch in the Rose and Crown was very pleasant, a lovely old pub and a good menu. We skirted by Batemans which looked particularly beautiful in the winter air.
Sat, 04-Jun-16 12

Third Walk

CW2 Walk 19 - Stonegate Circular
Length: 15.5 km (9.6 miles). Long walk option: 29.5km (18.3 miles) Toughness: 3/10

Catch the 10:15 from Charing Cross (Waterloo East: 10:18 - does not stop at London Bridge) arrives Stonegate 11:26.

Return from Stonegate xx:23 17:53 18:23 18:53 xx:23 until 22:23
Intend going on the long walk option (Lunch at The Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald.)
The shorter one for me, I think.
Shorter option will be fine for me unless i get called in to work
12 embarked on this High Weald excursion in dry warm and humid conditions. The group split in Burwash on account of the majority doing 'just' the normal distance and lunching there, while 5 continued to Burwash Weald for lunch. Beautiful outing with plenty of wide wooded valleys, fantastic vistas, endless wildflower meadows and hardly a soul in sight. Indeed on the extension from the lunch pub, all 19 km of it, we didn't meet a single person! Hard work as well on account of knee high grass in those lovely meadows, and slippery paths in the many woods. Characterful woods at that. Lots of streams as well. Perfect mix. 20.23 train for the extenders.
The shorter walk walkers enjoyed an excellent lunch in the pub garden in warm conditions. Just as well as the ceiling around the bar collapsed due to workmen installing a wardrobe in the bedroom above. The afternoon was really fine apart from the Bridleway section which was ankle deep in liquid mud. DAC has confirmed that there is an alternative which he hopes to replace this section for future publication.
Sun, 21-Jun-15 15

Sunday 1st Walk – the Sussex Weald and Bateman's

Book 2 Walk 19 Stonegate Circular
15.5km (9.6m); toughness 3/10
Train: London Charing Cross 09.55 (Waterloo East 09.58, Orpington 10.19) arrives Stonegate 11.07
Return trains to London Charing Cross at xx:23
A lovely walk over gentle hills and through tranquil valleys in the East Sussex Weald. There are options to shorten and extend the walk – quite considerably if you fancy doing 18 or 20 miles.
For further information about the walk and its refreshment options plus the link to full pdf walk instructions (you do not need Book 2 for this walk) please click here
15 for this walk, with another 2 joining us for lunch. sunny with slight breeze. Dry underfoot with only the slightest hint of mud in what would have been the worstest stretches. Some ate at the Rose and Crown. Cant tell you how it was. I don’t think I saw any food pass anyone’s lips. I’m a bit slow, see. The Bell is still shut. As is the later Wheel, still mentioned as a tea stop in the walk notes. No sign of it reopening though the “Under refurbishment” sign is now replaced by a “To Let” sign. Posters should note that, with the possible exception of a farm shop near the station, there are no opportunities for refreshment after Burwash. I think this was a disappointment to some. Plenty of wild flowers to delight the eye. 3 visited Batemans and were never seen again (spooky music).
Sun, 05-Oct-14 12 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 08-Jun-13 30 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 02-Feb-13 26 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 08-Sep-12 Stonegate Circular
Sun, 28-Aug-11 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 03-Oct-09 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 21-Feb-09 Stonegate Circular
Sun, 05-Oct-08 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 19-Apr-08 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 27-Oct-07 Stonegate Circular
Sun, 21-Oct-07 Stonegate Circular
Sat, 28-Jul-07 Stonegate Circular