long man's walking guide to Sussex

A Compendium of Sussex Walks

Tag: Hartfield

Pooh’s Ashdown Forest

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Pooh’s Ashdown Forest (AA) and Poohsticks and Sandpits (PDF – Fancy Free Walks)

  • 7 miles (AA walk) or 10-and-a-half miles or 2 walks of 6 and 6-and-a-half miles (Fancy Free Walks)
  • mostly easy walking
  • good pubs and cafes  in Hartfield, ice cream vans often in car parks along route at Gills Lap and King’s Standing
  • Pooh Corner Shop and tea rooms/garden in Hartfiled

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Ashdown Forest

These walks explore the haunts of AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and his much-loved friends. The AA walk takes in undulating farmland and dense woodland on its way the fine village of Hartfield and Pooh Bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks. The Fancy Free Walk replicates much of the AA walk but is far more extensive taking in more of the Classic Pooh sights such as Eeyore’s Gloomy Place, Roo’s Sandy Pit  and the Enchanted Place, all landmarks in the Pooh stories. Another highlight is a memorial to AA Milne, the author of the stories (at the place where he – and Pooh Bear in the stories – used to sit) and EH Shepard , the illustrator, where there are fine views over heathland.

Forest Way Circular Walks

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Forest Way Circular Walks (PDF, Metrobus)

  • 10 miles with a number of shorter circular options from 2 and a half miles.
  • flat, surfaced and accessible track – good for buggies and wheelcahirs
  • pubs and tea rooms along the route at Forest Row,  Hartfield and Groombridge, toilets in Forest Row and Groombridge
  • accessible by bus

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The Forest Way (PDF leaflet, east Sussex County Council), a cycling, horse-riding and walking route, is approximately 10 miles long and runs along an old railway line from East Grinstead to Groombridge. The Park lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passes through or close to East Grinstead, Forest Row, Hartfield, Withyham and Groombridge. The Forest Way is accessible for people with disabilities. Part of the National Cycle Network. Combine a walk with a visit to the beautiful ‘enchanted’ gardens at Groombridge Place.

Bus company, Metrobus, have produced an excellent Forest Way Circular Walks leaflet (PDF) showing the whole route with its circular options and marking on all the many pubs along the way as well as the bus stops for the 291 bus from East Grinstead to Tunbridge Wells.

The western end of the Forest Way links up with the Worth Way which extends to Three Bridges.