High Weald
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  • An Outstanding

    cultural landscape

    "Unless a man understands the Weald, he cannot write about the beginnings of England." Hilaire Belloc

    "A landscape chock-a-block with heritage" Historic England

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Location: Buxted Railway Station
End Location: Ashurst Railway Station

Grid Reference: TQ496233(OS Map)
End Grid Reference: TQ507388(OS Map)
OS Map: Explorer 135, Landranger 188

Distance: 15 miles
Time: 8 hours
Terrain: Hilly, fairly strenuous waliing along most of the route, with many stiles. Muddy in places in winter.
Directions/Transport: From Buxted station walk westwards along the A272 and turn left along the footpath just beyond Buxted Lodge. Fork right uphill to the church. Beyond the churchyard, pick up the Wealdway by turning right down the driveway leading out of Buxted Park. Although the Wealdway is way marked, the route can be quite challenging to follow where it crosses the open spaces of the Ashdown Forest. At Greenwood Gate Clump, the path crosses the watershed and there are views north over the Medway valley, which is the setting for the last few miles of the walk. Nearing Ashurst the path crosses under the railway, and at the next path junction it is necessary to leave the Wealdway by turning left along the Sussex Border Path (West). After passing Jessup's Farm, follow the driveway down to Ashurst station.

Bus Information: 29, half hourly service (2 hourly service on Sundays) between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. Phone traveline for further info on 0870 608 2 608.
Train Information: Hourly service Monday to Fridays bewtween Buxted and Ashurst, less frequent on Sundays.
Waymarking: Wealdway waymarking discs
Services: Public houses at Buxted, Five Ash Down, Fairwarp, Withyham and Ashurst but very few services in between.