Sussex border path approaching Cousley Wood

Sussex border path approaching Cousley Wood

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Circular Gap 2

Circular Gap 2

Leafy lane in autumn. Wadhurst short circular

16-Nov-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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Ayers Rock......

Ayers Rock......

....for bugs. Dead stump, Wadhurst short circular

16-Nov-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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Roadside Tree

Roadside Tree

Wadhurst short circular

16-Nov-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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Disinterested donkey and horse at Great Shoesmiths Farm, Near Wadhurst, Kent

10-May-13 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Wadhurst Circular walk

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Interior of The Cottage Tea Room, Wadhurst, Kent

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Down into the woods

Down into the woods

near Wadworth

08-Nov-14 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Wadhurst via Bewl Water Circular walk

This walk follows the Sussex Border path to Bewl Water, then follows its banks back to Wadhurst for tea. Gentle gradients but never flat.

Group Walk Posts

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.

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Sat, 04-Nov-17 13

Wadhurst via Bewl Water Circular - for the bonfire/fireworks and full moon

SWC walk 5 - Wadhurst via Bewl Water Circular
Length: - main walk: 16.9km (10.5 miles)
- short walk: 12.9km (8 miles)
- long walk: 19.3km (12 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10

9.53 (Hastings-bound) train from London Bridge, (10.11 East Croydon), arriving Wadhurst 11.06

For walk directions click here. For GPX file click here.

This is a pleasant and gentle Weald walk with a choice of a shorter and longer route in addition to the main one. You don't have to make this choice till mid afternoon (about an hour after lunch at the Old Vine in Cousley Wood) and it basically involves how long you want to spend walking along the shores of the picturesque Weir Wood Reservoir.

Once this decision used to be swayed by the desire to get to the Wealden Wholefoods Cafe before it stopped taking orders at 4pm. But now there are later tea room options, including a very nice Jempson's cafe, which is open till 5pm. There are also two pubs.

The big reason for choosing this walk today, however, is to coincide with the Wadhurst bonfire and fireworks, an event that combines a good-sized bonfire and a full scale fireworks display with a friendly village atmosphere - well-attended without being crowded. I cannot find the ticket price online but in the past it was £5-7 or so and we never have never had any trouble getting them on the day. Doors open 5.30pm, the bonfire is lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks are at 7.30pm.

Whether you do or not not go to the bonfire, you have a choice after Wadhurst village of going a very nice way down back lanes to the station (3.2km/2 miles) or down the main road - a pavement all the way but rather tedious - (2.2 km/1.4 miles): it is best to allow one hour for the former and 45 minutes for the latter: they can be done quicker if you walk briskly but you don't want to just miss a train at Wadhurst, as there is nothing to do in the vicinity of the station until the next one.

There is also a 254 bus at 04 past the hour till 18.04 from outside the Greyhound pub in Wadhurst to Wadhurst station (6 minutes). If it looks like you are just about to miss the train, you could stay on this bus another 18 minutes to Tunbridge Wells station: you probably won't get to London any quicker, but you will be warmer while you wait.)

Trains back from Wadhurst are at 21 and 49 past till 17.49, then 19 and 49 past till 19.49, then hourly at 49 past till 22.49.

Alert readers will see that if you go to the bonfire and stay for the fireworks, you probably want to leave fairly smartly afterwards if you are going to catch the 20.49 train (arr London Bridge 22.00). At this time of night walking down the main road is obviously the easier option, but for those who enjoy walking the back lanes in the dark - always magical - note that there will be a full moon today, so if that is not obscured with cloud it might be even more magical.... T=3.5
13 on this walk. Mainly just grey, despite a forecast of rain: we had a tiny bit of precipitation at the beginning and, surprisingly, also in the early evening after the skies had looked to be clearing. But never anything worth worrying about. Just as well, as it was weirdly mild for early November too warm for wearing waterproofs really.

The walk was pleasant, not too muddy and with all trees now showing some autumn tints (I still predict next weekend for peak colours). Nearly all of us, I think, did the long version of the walk, which gave us lots of opportunities to wonder at the astonishingly low water levels in Bewl Water Reservoir. Large portions of it were green valleys, with lush grass growing for some way below the high watermark, suggesting it has not been full for a long time.

We got to Wadhurst just as it was getting dark, which was just too late for Jempson’s tea room. The White Hart did tea, but not in pots alas, and tasty, though overpriced puds. Nine went to the Wadhurst Bonfire, which was as delightful as ever: a massive great blaze “the last sunbathe of the year” and fireworks that would not disgrace a city event.

By the time it was over the full moon was emerging from the cloud. Six of us walked the back lanes in the magical moonlight and deep November night, serenaded by lots of hooting owls. We met the other three bonfirers, who had walked the main road route, on the 20.49 train, and polished off two bottles of red wine on the journey home.
Wed, 21-Dec-16 17

Wednesday Walk: Wadhurst, The Weald, Bewl Water Reservoir, and a very pleasant pub

SWC Walk 005 – Wadhurst Circular (via Bewl Water)
Length: 16.8 km (10.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 390 m; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
or
Long Walk (decision time is after lunch)
Length: 19.3 km (12.0 mi)
Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ½ hours
Toughness: 5 out of 10
Take the 10.15 Hastings train from Charing X (W’loo East 10.18, LBG 10.23), arrives Wadhurst 11.19.
Return trains: 15.29, 16.00, 16.25, 16.58, 17.24, 17.59, 18.29, 18.58, 19.24, then xx.29 basically… (from 65 minutes journey time).
A special pre-Xmas lunch request…This walk had a well-attended outing on a Saturday in Nov, but that was the ‘figure-of-eight’ version of the walk with lunch in Wadhurst and bonfire in the evening, and the last time the Main Walk was posted (in May), a measly 8 people turned up. Surely we can better that?
Apart from the very end, this is a completely different route from the Wadhurst short and main walks in Book 2. It follows the Sussex Border Path to the large reservoir of Bewl Water, and then follows its banks back to Wadhurst village for tea. This is beautiful country, full of hidden valleys and picturesque farms. Being the Weald, the route is almost never flat (and there will be mud), but the gradients on this route are always gentle. The main walk spends some time exploring the shores of the reservoir, and then returns to Wadhurst over lovely hilly territory with fine views. The long walk takes you out around a remote promontary sticking out into the lake, and up across classic Kentish farmland with fine reservoir views. There is also an even shorter version, but I’m not going to mention it…

Lunch is in Cousley Wood at the lovely The Old Vine Inn (7.2 km/4.5 mi), a table for 8 has been booked for 12.30.
For tea in Wadhurst there are plenty of options, both cafes and pubs (for details see the webpage and the walk directions).
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here.
Next Week: SWC 236a – Ashurst to Eridge (w/o Burrswood) 18.3 km/11.3 mi, 4/10
T=swc.5
I might make it on Wednesday. And I Think I did the Walk recently.
1 gps and 1 map coming along; maybe, maybe with instructions on my phone (still thinking about it).
16 walkers off the train (incl. 3 first timers), 1 more on the next one, so 17 in drizzly or rainy weather. The morning route: tarmac heavy, with some of the grassy footpaths along fields being quite muddy and/or slippy, all leaves now having turned to dark mulch, and a couple of ploughed fields to cross with some very sticky mud: some might call it bleak.
The booking of a table at the only lunch pub en route proved to be a good idea on a day with a surprisingly high turnout (for the weather): The Old Vine was chokka, every table booked and the bar area and all nooks and crannies filled by a funeral party. As it was impossible to find any extra seats on top of the pre booked ones, everyone with contingency sandwiches (and a few others without) stayed outside, shared what was shareable and marched on to Wadhurst, in hope of tea and cake.
The afternoon route is much more pleasant, with the reservoir the star of the show, and more rolling hills to view and cross, but again quite tarmac heavy (at least that meant: no mud).
The 5 fast sandwichers walked the extended version (but were later spotted passing the Wealden Wholefood Cafe, so were short cutting in Wadhurst, to catch the 16.00 train we presumed). The other sandwichers (bar 1) walked the normal version and paused at the Cafe to then catch the 16.25, where we met the lunchers who had walked the short version, I believe. Several walkers had been on the figure of 8 version of this walk just 7 weeks ago, so well done to them for turning up again!

Sat, 05-Nov-16 30

Saturday Second Walk - Wealden woods and the Wadhurst bonfire

T=3.05.c SWC Walk 5 (option): Wadhurst Figure of Eight
Length: 17.6km (10.9 miles) or 19.9km (12.3 miles)
Toughness: 5 out of 10

9.53 train from London Bridge (10.11 East Croydon) to Wadhurst, arriving 11.09.

(The sharp-eyed will notice that this train is slightly diverted from its normal route due to engineering works: but this does make it more accessible to East Croydon types.)

Buy a day return to Wadhurst.

I make no apology for once again picking the Wadhurst bonfire and fireworks for 5 November, since this is a charming and pleasant village event, big enough to have a large blazing bonfire that you can get close enough to to "melt your goretex", as one walker charmingly phrased it to me the other day, and with a substantial fireworks display too, yet (in past years at least) not crowded or over-marshalled or full of loutish urban youth.

The event costs £6, gates open 5.30pm, the fire is lit at 6.30pm and the fireworks are at 7.30pm. Since this is a Figure of Eight walk (see below) you could buy your ticket in advance at lunch time from Wadhurst Ironmongers, The Co-op or Jempsons, but in truth we have never had a problem paying on the gate.

The Figure of Eight walk, which covers charming Wealden territory with lots of hills and woods, and later skirts the Bewl Water reservoir, works like this:

- First you do Book 2, Walk 18a, the Wadhurst Circular shorter walk. Directions for this are here and you only need print pages 2-3 and 7-8. You start off on the main walk, then when prompted at point [3], switch to the short walk directions.

- By this route it is 7km (4.3 miles) to lunch in Wadhurst, where you can choose between the traditional Greyhound pub, the White Hart which was revamped last year and now looks rather gastro, or the Wealden Wholefoods Cafe which has some light lunch options.

- After lunch you switch to the directions on page 8 of the SWC Walk 5 directions - here: print the whole document. These take you down the hill to join the afternoon route of this walk where in due course (paragraph 41 on page 5) you have a choice of routes: The main walk is 7.4km (4.6 miles) from lunch back to tea in Wadhurst and takes in a short section of the shores of Bewl Water. The longer walk takes in a much longer section of the reservoir shore and is 9.7km (6 miles) from lunch to tea.

- Tea is then back in Wadhurst - the same places as for lunch - and you can either go onto the fireworks or not. Afterwards you can walk down the main road to Wadhurst station - there is a pavement all the way and it is 2.2km (1.4 miles). But more interesting is to follow the main walk route down the back lanes - 3.2km (2 miles) - a lovely walk, perfectly doable in the dark (with or without a torch, but a torch is obviously useful).

If you are not going to the fireworks, you can also get a number 254 bus from Wadhurst village - outside the Greyhound - to Wadhurst station, or Tunbridge Wells station which has a more frequent trains service. This goes at 02 past the hour until 18.02.

If walking the back lanes in the dark, note that the field crossing in paragraph 66 can easily be avoided by staying on the road and taking the next road left. Follow this to the very bottom of a steep hill and turn right and then resume the directions in paragraph 69.

I always reckon to allow 45 minutes for the main road route to the station and an hour for the back lanes route. Every year people say they do both quicker, but the point is that you don't want to just miss a train at Wadhurst, as there is nothing in the vicinity of the station and it is a cold place to wait for the next train.

Trains back from Wadhurst are at 19 and 49 past until 19.49, then hourly at 49 past until 22.49


30
cloudy and chilly
Lovely autumn colours.
Very nice lunch at The White Hart in Wadhurst at a reasonable price.
30 Hugely enjoyable walk. The group got split up around The White Heart, The Greyhound and cafes in Wadhurst. After lunch a group of us set off with to do the extended walk around Bewl Water getting more fragmented on the way. Six of us going to the bonfire arrived back in Wadhurst at dusk, filling in an hour at the Greyhound. The Bonfire was spectacular, as were the fireworks. We only saw two others at the event. Deciding not to rush we headed down the back lanes for the 2149 via The White Hart. A great day out!
At least 5 from White Hart pub went home after lunch perhaps for even more spectacular firework displays elsewhere. Five of us did the short version in the afternoon, met one walker who was wondering in the woods aimlessly. Two more walkers who did the longer version caught up with us just before Wadhurst. After a quick visit to Paramor outdoor shop, we decided to catch 5:19pm train with take away tea from a grocery shop as some of us had other bonfire parties to go to. Nice autumn colours with occasional slippery path, an enjoyable walk.
Wed, 04-May-16 8

Wadhurst Circular via Bewl Water

Wadhurst Circular via Bewl Water

The Sussex Border path to Bewl Water, then along its banks back to Wadhurst for tea. Gentle gradients but never flat.

Book 3* Walk 5 *online only

Length : 17 km or 10½ miles

Toughness : 5 out of 10

Getting there : Catch the 10:15 am train from London Charing Cross to Wadhurst
Calling stations:

  1. Waterloo East: departs 10:18
  2. Orpington: departs 10:39
  3. Sevenoaks: departs 10:49

Meeting point : Wadhurst Station at 11:19

Tickets : Buy a cheap day return to Wadhurst

Brief Description

If you've still some energy left after the many walks on offer over the Bank Holiday, then this stroll might be the one for you. It's a little different to the walks on the west of Wadhurst, this "east side stroll" visits Bewl Water and part of the Sussex Border Path.
It's a bit of a trek from the tea stop at Wadhurst to it's station, 2 miles/3 km (nothing unusual there!). However 4 can share a cab (about £6) or you may catch a 254 bus at 4 minutes past the hour at the bus stop just outside The Greyhound. (The walk notes suggest continuing on the bus to Tunbridge Well station where there are more frequent trains).
You may find full details of this walk here and a downloadable PDF here

Suggested Lunch stop

The Old Vine, Cousley Wood t: 01892 782271

Suggested Tea stops

The White Hart Wadhurst, TN5 7AP t:01892 782850
The Greyhound Wadhurst, TN5 6AP t:01892 783224
Wealden Wholefoods Café Wadhurst, TN5 6AA t:01892 783065 (Closes 3:30pm Wednesday, but mentioned for the hares)

Maps

OS Explorer : 136

Return train times

Trains return from Wadhurst at the following times ... 16:00 | 16:25 | 16:57 | 17:24 | 17:59

Too much detail ? Every half an hour at about 25 past and 5 to the hour :-)
At last I can get my connecting train to join the Waterloo East departure. Anyone interested in the short walk to experience the unusual cakes on offer from the owner of the whole foods cafe? He did stay open later than the advertised 3,30pm when I was last there on a Wednesday but only because I promised him some trade from the late walkers.
Hope to walk jfk
Richmond Boro Commander suspended for alleged mis conduct .alleluia at last.
If you go from London Bridge then you need to change at Orpington. Train departs from London Bridge at 10:07am.
If you go from London Bridge then you need to change at Orpington. Train departs from London Bridge at 10:07am.
8 on walk Sunny all day. Great route. No mud and a fab lunch served with record speed by the really efficient staff managed by Sarah the new owner. We did book however for 6 and were glad we did . A large party of vintage car owners were also present but did not impede the service. Excellent prices too. Does B and B too.

The whole food cafe was open til 4.30pm where 4 of us spent a sunny sojourn in the garden with homemade cakes and leaf tea. One walker spent £20 on provisions here. Another having walked the short cut bought a Paramo jacket at the shop across the road from the cafe so Wadworth did quite well today. The cottage cafe closed at 3,30pm instead of staying open til 4pm as advertised on the door! Another sampled 2 pints in the pub and we all travelled back on the 5.28 train. Arthur Dent and our lunch monitor stayed on the longer walk and were not seen again!
8 sunny
This truly was a delightful day out. The recent cold wind had subsided and it was sunny all day.
8 of the train at Wadhurst, peeling off layers as the temperature rose.
The Sussex Border Path was adorned with blossom and the whole countryside had become decidedly verdant.
The Old Vine at Cousely Wood (under new management since late 2015) had copious dining space, were well organised, unflustered, efficient and cheerful, bliss!
Car enthusiasts would have enjoyed the MG car club cars in the car park. (Overlooked by the owners who had tucked themselves on a corner to keep an eye on them!)
One walker disappeared after lunch (did she join the MG enthusiasts?) and the remaining 7 headed off to Bewl Water for the afternoon leg. One took the short cut back to Wadhurst to sample Wealden Wholefoods Café's finest cuisine and the remaining six continued alongside the waters of Bewl. Two dallied behind to enjoy the vistas and chose the longer route back to Wadhurst enjoying further stretches of Bewl Water, soft fruit orchards and fields of blackcurrants. All in all a great day out for everyone.
Sat, 12-Sep-15

Third Walk

Wadhurst Figure of Eight
Length: 17.6 km (10.9 miles). Toughness: 4/10
T=swc.5.d
Catch the 9:49 from London Cannon Street (London Bridge 9:54) arrives Wadhurst 10:47.

The Wadhurst Figure of Eight walk combines CW2, Walk 18a Wadhurst Circular Short Walk with SWC 5 Wadhurst via Bewl Water walk to create a Wadhurst Figure of Eight walk (ie having both lunch and tea in Wadhurst) offering a comprehensive introduction to the different types of scenery around the village. This walk is 7km (4.3 miles) in the morning and 7.4km (4.6 miles) from lunch to tea, which with a further 3.2km (2 miles) to the station gives a total walk length of 17.6km (10.9 miles). Or if you use the long walk option, it is 9.7km (6 miles) from lunch to tea, giving a total walk length of 19.9km (12.3 miles).

Aside from the main headline walk, there are two longer options, plus the longer Figure of 8 walk (mentioned above) - all detailed below. For the Robertsbridge ending, buy a day return to Robertsbridge. Suggested lunch stop for the long walk ending at Robertsbridge is the Woodpecker Café (18km from the end of the walk - The Visitors centre in the text [L3])

The main walk options are detailed below WalkDirections requiredDistance km Wadhurst figure of 8 long optionCW2 Walk 18a pages 1-3,7,8 + SWC Walk 5 20 Wadhurst to RobertsbridgeCW2 Walk 18a pages 1-3,7,8 + Wadhurst Long walk option34 Wadhurst to Robertsbridge (via Mayfield) CW2 Walk 18 + Wadhurst Long walk option43
Return trains Station Robertsbridge xx:14 17:44 18:14 18:44 xx:14 until 22:14 Wadhurst xx:00 xx:29 17:59 18:29 18:59 xx:29 until 22:29
Intend going on the Wadhurst to Robertsbridge walk (34km)
Like to do the 10.9mls version. Anyone else planning the same?
Sat, 21-Mar-15 8 Wadhurst Figure-of-8, via Bewl Water
Sat, 21-Mar-15 Wadhurst Figure-of-8, via Bewl Water (long walk)
Sat, 08-Nov-14 17 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (revised)
Wed, 17-Sep-14 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (revised)
Sat, 10-May-14 20 Wadhurst Figure-of-8, via Bewl Water
Sat, 10-May-14 Wadhurst Figure-of-8, via Bewl Water (long walk)
Sat, 02-Nov-13 19 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 03-Nov-12 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 12-Nov-11 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 27-Nov-10 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sun, 19-Sep-10 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sun, 07-Feb-10 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 07-Nov-09 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 29-Nov-08 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sun, 16-Dec-07 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 17-Nov-07 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)
Sat, 25-Nov-06 Wadhurst Circular, via Bewl Water (original)