Arlington & Abbot’s Wood (Fancy Free Walks, PDF)
- 14k, 9 miles
- Good traditional country pubs along the way – The Plough, Upper Dicker; Yew Tree Inn, Arlington; The Old Oak Inn, Arlington.
- Village shop and cafe in Upper Dicker
- Passes medieval Michelham Priory with its water filled moat (though perhaps visit another day!)
- Also passes Arlington Stadium which hosts banger racing and speedway which may disturb the peace somewhat every now and then! (Eastbourne Speedway)
- Berwick Station is just a little south of the walk’s starting point
A varied walk with fine views towards the Downs. There are excellent bluebell woods along the way at Abbots Wood and the less well known Bramble Grove, and you also have the chance to visit (and pay to enter) the Arlington Bluebell Walk. Arlington Reservoir at the start and end, is a large nature reserve where you can view waterfowl and other wildlife. Most of the walk is through what was the vast dominion by Michelham Priory, which dates back to 1229 and is surrounded by England’s longest water-filled moat.
Shorter waymarked walks in Abbots wood – Abbots Amble and Oak Walk (Forestry Commission).
For cycle rides in the area, see Off the Cuckoo Trail, which includes a 18 mile cycle ride taking in Arlington and Abbot’s Wood.