Uckfield to Buxted walk

Uck Valley, undulating Low Weald Countryside, van Hoogstraten's path, Blackboys Inn, Tickerage Stream valley with Vivien Leigh's home, and Buxted Park

Outflow of ponds by Newplace Farm, close-up SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

Outflow of ponds by Newplace Farm, close-up

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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South Downs across East Sussex National Golf Course SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

South Downs across East Sussex National Golf Course

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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Tickerage Mill, Vivien Leigh's last abode SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

Tickerage Mill, Vivien Leigh's last abode

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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Often Flooded Meadow, Tickerage Stream valley SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

Often Flooded Meadow, Tickerage Stream valley

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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Buxted Park Hotel, sideview SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

Buxted Park Hotel, sideview

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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Signal Box at Uckfield station SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

Signal Box at Uckfield station

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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Specially shaped sign to discourage hoodlums from adding a letter SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

Specially shaped sign to discourage hoodlums from adding a letter

SWC Walk 262 Uckfield to Buxted

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Length 21.6 km (13.5 mi), with 283/255 ascent/descent. For a shorter walk see below Walk Options.
Toughness 4 out of 10, with 5 hours walking time. For the whole outing, including trains, sights and meals, allow at least 8 ½ hours.
Walk Notes

This undulating amble through some varied scenery in the Low Weald Countryside provides ample South Downs views in the morning from the Uck Valley and on the way to and through the East Sussex National Golf Course, before turning north east through the High Cross estate, owned by property developer Nicholas van Hoogstraten, who was at the centre of various legal battles with The Ramblers after blocking or otherwise obstructing rights-of-ways across this estate.
You then pass a couple of manor houses, one with pretty ornamental lakes and ornate landscaped gardens, en route to lunch at the charming 14th century Blackboys Inn in Blackboys.
From lunch the route turns west along Vanguard Way and Wealdway for a long stretch through the tranquil valley of the Tickerage Stream, past Tickerage Mill, Vivien Leigh’s abode in the final years of her life, and finishes through Buxted Park, an old deer park in Ashdown Forest parkland, past the very large, elegant Palladian Buxted House (now a hotel) in its hilltop position.

Walk Options

It is possible to shorten the walk by routing through Framfield for lunch instead of through Blackboys. This cuts 3.5 km/2.2 mi and 24m ascent, and is rated 3/10.
Bus 231 (Etchingham - Uckfield) runs through both lunch destinations Blackboys and Framfield, with up to 6 buses Mon-Fri only.
Bus 262 (Hartfield – Uckfield - Heathfield) runs through both lunch destinations Blackboys and Framfield, with 3 buses Sat only, last just after lunch.
Extension Loops through Horsted Green Park of various length can be added, as the two access points into the park are both on the route (map-led).

MapsOS Explorer: 135 (Ashdown Forest) & OL25 (Eastbourne & Beachy Head)
OS Landranger: 198 (Brighton & Lewes) & 199 (Eastbourne & Hastings)
Travel

Uckfield station, map reference TQ 473 209, is 62 km south south east of Charing Cross, 12 km north east of Lewes and 19m above sea level; Buxted station, map reference TQ 496 233, is 3 km north east of Uckfield and 49m above sea level, both are in East Sussex. Uckfield station is on the Uckfield branch of the Oxted Line from London Bridge. Journey times are 73 minutes Mon-Sat and 88 minutes Sun (hourly every day). Buxted station is one stop closer to London with a journey time from 74 minutes Mon-Sat (half-hourly) and 91 minutes Sun.

Saturday Walkers' Club: Take the train closest to 9.00 hours.

Elenvenses and Lunch

The Halfway House, East Sussex National Hotel, Little Horsted, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5ES (07709 518 485). This is a perfect spot for elevenses. Located 6.5 km from the start of the walk.
The Blackboys Inn, Blackboys, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5LG (01825 890 283). The lunch stop on the full walk. Located 14.1 km from the start of the walk.
The Hare & Hounds, The Street, Framfield, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5NJ (01825 890 118). The lunch stop on the short walk. Located 12.3 km from the start of the walk.

Tea

The White Hart, Station Road, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4DP (01825 732 068).
The Buxted Inn, High Street, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 4LA (01825 733 510).

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