Circular Walk Starting From Heathfield Passing Through Blackboys

Heathfield to Blackboys

Refreshments: The Blackboys Inn, Blackboys.

                          The Star Inn, Waldron.

This walk follows quiet lanes, field and forest paths to the village of Blackboys. The return route is mostly through fields. The A267 is crossed twice, this is a busy road with fast moving traffic and great care is needed when crossing. On the way to Blackboys Possingworth Manor House is passed. Sadly this fine looking grade two listed building can only be viewed from the road. Blackboys is a small village that had links to the Charcoal burning industry, it is possible that the village got its name from the colour of the Charcoal burners when they emerged from the woods. After Blackboys the walk goes through Newplace House Farm and pass the large manor house with its lakes and waterfalls. Continuing, the walk goes through the village of Waldron with good views to the South Downs from the Church yard. The walk ends using the Cuckoo trail a surfaced path from Heathfield to Eastbourne.    

Approximately 13.25 miles  6 hours

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 123

Start. Mill road car park (behind the fire station, west end of the high street).

OS Grid Ref. TQ577 213. Nearby post code TN21 OXU

 

  1. Leave the car park by the vehicle entrance and turn left down Mill Lane. At the bottom of the hill turn right into Tilsmore Road and follow to the end. At the end of Tilsmore Road continue forward across the road to the enclosed path opposite.

  2. Follow this path to a lane and then turn right along the lane to the main road (Take care main road is busy with fast moving traffic). Turn left along the main road to the Crossinhand stud and then turn right to cross a stile beside double gates. Continue forward between hedges and then follow a path into the woodland.

  3. Continue on the path keeping straight on at a crossing of paths (junction can be difficult to see) and then keep right at all junctions. Path eventually arrives at a road. Turn left along the road and follow downhill to cross a stream

  4. Continue on the road to a footpath just before the house on the right. Turn right through a gateway onto the footpath and then continue forward through a gap in the fence and then maintaining the same direction to the next stile.

  5. Cross the stile and then turn left, following the left edge of the field to a gateway. Go through the gateway and then follow the right hand field boundary to a stile onto the road.

  6. Turn left along the road and then turn right into Browns Lane. Follow Browns Lane to the end and then turn left. Continue along this road to the junction with Warren Lane. Do not turn into Warren Lane but continue forward down the small lane ahead (Brittenden Lane).

  7. When the road turns sharp left continue forward on the left hand of the two driveways ahead. Follow the driveway and then continue forward on a path to a road.

  8. Turn right along the road, going downhill and then uphill passing Possingworth Manor House. Continue to Dower House Farm access road. Turn left along the access road and follow to just pass industrial units and then look for footpath on the right.

  9. Turn right onto the footpath and then keep woodland on the right to Just before a gate. Here turn right onto a path through the woodland to a stile.

  10. Cross the stile and then continue forward with the field boundary on the left to a gate into woodland. Continue forward on the woodland ride until just before a road. Here turn right over a footbridge and then up steps.

  11. Continue forward on path and then at path crossing continue following the line of telegraph poles to a T junction. At the junction turn left to exit the woodland onto a road opposite the Blackboys Inn.

  12. Turn right along the road and then turn left into School Lane. Follow School lane to the footpath on the left opposite the turning for The Green. Turn left onto the footpath and follow to the playing fields.

  13. Cross the playing fields to the field corner to the right of the pavilion and then follow enclosed path to the road. Turn left along the road and then continue to footpath on the left opposite Blackboys Nursery.

  14. Turn left onto the enclosed path and follow to a road and then turn left along the road to a gateway on the right. Go through the gate and continue following the left hand hedge until it ends.

  15. When the hedge ends continue forward following the path to a gate in the field corner. Go through the gate and then turn right on a track. Continue on the track eventually passing to the right of a large house and then following an access road round to the left to a lane.

  16. Turn left along the lane and then left through a footpath gate. Follow left edge of the field to start with and then continue straight across the field heading to the right of the house in the distance to locate a footpath gate onto the road.

  17. Turn left along the road and then turn right into Bushbury Lane. Continue along the lane to a footpath on the right just past Oak Lodge, signed weald way.

  18. Cross the stile and then follow the footpath diagonally across the field to a stile. Cross the stile and maintain the same direction to locate a path through a small woodland to a stile.

  19. Cross the stile and turn left, following the field edge to a gap in the hedge. Go through the gap and then bear slightly right towards the house in the distance to a gap in the far hedge. Go through the gap and then bear right passing to the right of the house to a gate in the far corner.

  20. Turn left along the road, ignoring the lane on the left and continue to a T junction. At the junction enter the field opposite and bear right to where a fence joins woodland. Go round the end of the fence and continue forward with the woodland on the left to the field corner.

  21. In the field corner go through a gap in the hedge onto the road and then turn left. Follow the road and then turn right onto a track. Continue on the track following the left edge of a field to a gateway.

  22. Go through the gateway and then turn left to another gateway. Pass through this gate way and turn right, bearing slightly away from the hedge to locate a path into woodland. Continue following path across a bridge and then uphill to a road.   

  23. Turn left along the road to Moat Farm and then take footpath on the right opposite the Farm.

  24. Follow the left edge of the first field and then go through the gateway in front of you. After passing through the gateway turn left to a gateway on the left. Here turn right following a track down the middle of the field to a gateway. Go through the gateway and then continue forward to locate a path into the woodland on the left.

  25. Follow the path through the wood land and at path junction turn right and then left. Follow the path into a field and then keep to the edge of the field to the field corner. At field corner continue forward through a gate and then bear right diagonally across the field to a stile beside a gate.

  26. Cross the stile and go uphill to the Church. Go through the gate into the Church yard and then follow a path round the Church to exit the Church yard by the main gate onto the road.

  27. Turn left and then right into Whitehouse Lane. Continue to follow this lane to a T junction and then turn left and continue to Hanging Birch Lane. Turn right along Hanging Birch Lane and then left over a stile next to a gate.

  28. Continue forward to cross stile ahead and then continue down the hill to the bottom of the field and then follow path into the woodland.

  29. Cross a footbridge and then keep right and follow path up some steps and then turn left to a ride. Turn right on the ride, keeping straight on at the next junction. Cross a stream and then keep right following a path uphill eventually arriving at a road.

  30. Cross over the road and follow the small lane opposite to the main road (Take care main road is busy with fast moving traffic). Cross over the main road to track beside a house.

  31.  Go through a footpath gate and then follow the track to the end of the wooden fence and then turn right onto a footpath. Cross a stile and then follow enclosed path to a stile beside a gate into a field.

  32. Continue on a path across the field to a stile into woodland. Follow the path through the woodland to a path junction, here turn right.

  33. Continue to follow a path to the Cuckoo Trail (a disused railway line) and then turn left and follow the Cuckoo Trail, crossing all roads along the way to its end at a carpark.

  34. At the car park continue forward to a road and then cross over the road and follow an enclosed path to the left of the industrial unite

At a road continue forward to a road junction and then turn right, cross over the bridge and then turn left onto path heading uphill to the High street. Turn left along the High Street back to the car park.