Horse

Horse

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Skies over the Weald (Stonegate to Robertsbridge)

Skies over the Weald (Stonegate to Robertsbridge)

Kipling's manor.

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Walkers on a ridge

Walkers on a ridge

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Old House

Old House

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Spindle tree near the railway crossing

06-Nov-11 • Sean O'Neill

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Shaggy parasols in field outside Burwash

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Bateman's

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Stonegate to Robertsbridge Walk

The High Weald, Kipling’s home, and panoramic views


Length

14km (8.7 miles)

17km (10.6 miles) using the morning of Stonegate Circular walk

Toughness 4 out of 10: some hills, but relatively gentle gradients
Maps

OS Landranger 199 covers the whole route from Stonegate to Robertsbridge

OS Explorer 136 covers all but the last mile into Robertsbridge

OS Explorer 124 covers Burwash to Robertsbridge

Features

This is a hilly – but relatively gentle – walk through the High Weald, which is particular beautiful in April and late October or early November. In April it offers plenty of wild flowers and a rich array of hornbeam trees, which become a mass of catkins at this time, and during leaf fall it has plenty of fine autumn colour.

The walk shares a very short section of the Stonegate Circular walk on this website and like that walk visits the pretty ridgetop village of Burwash for lunch and Batemans, the former home of the writer Rudyard Kipling, now owned by the National Trust. But its route is otherwise quite different.

In the morning it takes a shorter route across a valley to Burwash and from Bateman’s onwards, the walk strikes out into completely new territory, climbing by gentle stages up onto a ridge that gives you a fine backwards view towards Burwash. It then crosses the country estate of Socknersh Manor before descending via another ridge, with fine views, into Robertsbridge.

Walk Options For a longer morning of 6.6km (4.1 miles), use the standard morning route of the Stonegate Circular walk on this site. This lengthens the walk to 17km (10.6 miles) in total
Travel Stonegate is on the Hastings line and is served by hourly trains from Charing Cross and London Bridge taking one hour ten minutes. The first train after 10am will be quite adequate to get you to lunch in time, and as this walk has a short morning, you could even take a train after 11am. Buy a day return to Robertsbridge, which is two stops further down the line. There is ample paid car parking at Stonegate.
Lunch and tea

There are two pubs in Burwash for lunch, 3.6km/2.2 miles into the walk. The most convenient is the Rose & Crown (01435 882600), which has both inside and outside seating, is open for drinks all afternoon daily, and does food 12pm-3pm Monday to Friday, all afternoon on Saturday and 12pm-3.30pm on Sunday. The Bear Inn, 150 metres to the west, is a possible alternative.

If you are planning to visit Batemans, it is only 1km beyond Burwash and has a National Trust tea room, serving hot meals at lunchtime (until 2.30pm or so). This also makes a nice (if early) tea stop. To access the tea room, you have to pay to go into Batemans, however – unless you are a National Trust member.

After that, there are no further refreshment stops until you reach Robertsbridge. Here the Ostrich by the station is a pleasantly quirky pub with a nice garden, or you can walk up to the village centre for other pub options, such as The George.

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Start: TN5 7ER Directions then return to your car by train:

Finish: TN32 5DJ Directions then travel to the start by train:

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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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Jun-17

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Walk Directions  

Full directions for this walk are in a PDF file (link above) which you can print, or download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This is just the introduction. This walk's detailed directions are in a PDF available from wwww.walkingclub.org.uk