Circular Walk Starting From Wadhurst 

Going Around Bewl Water

Around Bewl Water

from Wadhurst

Approximately 14.55 miles  7 hours
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 136


Refreshments: Bewl Water Visitor Center.

This walk follows the around Bewl Water route for most of the way. Not all the route is at the waters edge and there is about two miles on quiet country lanes. Bewl Water is surrounded by woodland so most of this walk is through woodland but there are many views of the reservoir and each view is different. There are many activates on and off the water and at times the area can be busy but this can also add to the beauty.

Start Public car park behind The Greyhound Inn on the High Street Wadhurst. OS Grid Ref. TQ 640 316. Nearby post code TN5 6AP

It can be difficult to park here when the school is open. If so, there is a car park and roadside parking in Washwell lane beside the White Hart Pub.

  1. Leave the car park by the vehicle entrance and then cross the main road and continue along Blacksmiths Lane.

  2. Continue along Blacksmiths lane to a sharp left hand bend and then continue forward on a track to Little Pell Farm. Passing to the left of a house and then keep forward on the track keeping the farm buildings to your right.

  3. Continue on the track through gates, eventually passing to the right of a pond. Keep forward and the track eventually turns into a path to a stile. Cross the stile and then continue forward down the left hand side of a field to a stile.

  4. Cross the stile and then continue forward to a path junction. Turn left at the junction and then continue on the round Bewl Water path until it eventually joins an old road.

  5. Turn left along the old road, passing the entrance to Hook Place and then turn right through a footpath gate. Continue forward pass the Boat Club and then turn right along the roadway.

  6. Pass the Boat House Bistro and the fishing tackle shop and then turn left up the bank to the roadway. Turn right along the roadway and then pass through a gateway. After passing through the gateway turn right onto a path.

  7. Follow the path to then pass to the right of the café and then continue forward, keeping the play area on your Left. Turn left still keeping the play area on the left to locate some steps.

  8. Turn right down the steps, cross a track and then continue down the steps to a path. Follow the path across the dam and then continue on the around Bewl path to a road. Turn right along the road crossing the dam and then turn right onto the around Bewl path.

  9. Continue to follow the path and then at a car park continue forward through a gate and across the road to continue beside the reservoir to the next gate.

  10. At the next gate do not turn left but continue forward over a stile and then follow the footpath to eventually enter the nature reserve. Continue through the nature reserve to a path junction. At the path junction turn right over a footbridge and then continue to follow the path to a road.

  11. Continue forward on the road passing two turnings to the left and then after passing Fig Tree Cottage on the right look for a footpath gate on the right (next to Jasmine Cottage). (If you miss this path continue to the road junction and then turn right and follow the lane for about a mile to its junction with wards lane. Number 13).

  12. Turn right through the gate and then continue forward with the fence on your left to a stile into a field. Cross the field to the next stile. Cross this stile and then turn left to a gate onto the road.

  13. Turn right along the road for about one mile to a junction. At the junction turn right along Wards Lane.

  14. When the woodland on the left ends turn left through a gate. Continue forward with the fence on your right to an old gateway. Go through the gateway and then turn left. Continue along a sunken track to a gateway and a bridge in the field corner.

  15. Cross the bridge and then continue forward following a faint track uphill to a gate on the right-hand side of a bungalow on to the access road. Turn left along the access road and follow to a kissing gate on your right.

  16. Go down the steps and through the kissing gate and then continue forward with a fence on your right until the path swings left to a stile into the woodland. Cross the stile and then turn left, following the path. Keep right at a junction and then cross a bridge and go through the right-hand of two gateways.

  17. Continue along the left edge of the field to the top left corner and then go through the gap in the hedge onto the access road.

  18. Cross the access road into the field opposite and then bear left crossing the field diagonally to a stile in the far corner. Cross the stile onto the main road and then turn right back to Wadhurst and the car park.