Circular walk starting from Burwash passing through Burwash Weald and Punnets Town

Burwash Weald and Punnets Town

11.5 miles approximately 6.5 hours.

Map. Explorer 136 and 124

 

Refreshments: The Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald near the beginning of the walk.

Three Cups Inn at Three Cups, a little off route. Turn right onto bridleway at point 19. 

 

This walk has a lot of road walking which makes it good for the winter when everywhere is so muddy. However in the spring the verges on the quiet lanes are full of wild flowers, also Milkhurst Wood is spectacular in May when the wild garlic is in flower. The walk follows the Dudwell valley to Willingford Bridge and then follows the quiet Willingford Lane to Burwash Weald. The pavement beside the busy main Burwash road is then followed through Burwash Common. It is then a great relieve to leave the main road behind and follow a quite lane to Pains corner and then along Swife Lane. These lanes offer good views towards Mayfield and across the high weald. The main Burwash road is then crossed and the walk continues through woodland and meadows to the windmill at Punnett’s Town. From the windmill the route back to Burwash has great views and on a clear day the coast at Eastbourne can be seen.     

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Directions: Start Burwash car park. OS Grid ref. TQ673 246. Nearest post code TN19 7ET

  1. Leave the car park and turn left along the High Street. Continue along the road out of the village, passing the petrol station on the right and then the 50mph speed limit sign. After the speed limit sign, look for some steps up the bank on the left to a stile.

  2. Climb up the steps and cross over the stile into a field. Continue forward down the field with the hedge/ fence on your right to the field corner. Cross over the stile on your right and follow the path to the next stile. Cross this stile and turn right to a footpath gate in the field corner.

  3. Go through the gate and then follow the path through a small wood to a stile into a field. Continue forward, downhill to a gateway to the right of a small wood.

  4. Pass through the gateway and cross the field diagonally downhill to the right hand bottom corner. Do not cross the stile but turn left and follow the hedge to a gateway with a stile beside it.

  5. Cross the stile, then turn left, keeping the hedge and ditch on your left. When half way across the field, bear right away from the hedge, to a footbridge over the river Dudwell.

  6. Having crossed the river, turn right to follow a path to a kissing gate. Pass through the gate and continue across the next field, following the hedge on your left. When near to the far end of the field go through the gate on your left, and then turn right, following the edge of the field to a gate. Sometimes there is an electric fence along the edge of this field, if so you will go through a small gate before you get to the main field gate.

  7. At the gate, ignore the path going uphill on your left, but continue forward through the gate. Keep going forward across the field, keeping to the left hand edge and then when opposite the bridge that crosses the river on your right continue forward (do not cross the bridge) aiming for the corner of the wood at the top of the hill in front of you.

  8. At the top of the hill locate a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and then continue forward crossing two stiles. Continue in the same direction across the next three fields keeping the hedge on your left.

  9. Having crossed the third field, cross over a stile onto a road and then turn right to follow the road over Willingford Bridge and then continue uphill to a road junction in Burwash Weald.

  10. At the road junction cross the main road and then turn left on the pavement. Continue along the main road for about a mile. Just after passing the turning to Stonegate Station the pavement ends, cross over the road and then continue on the pavement to the next turning on the right. Turn right onto the lane.

  11. Continue along the lane and when it forks keep left to a junction and then turn left. Continue along the lane to a stile on left opposite Barklye Farm drive. Cross the stile and continue forward straight up across the field to a stile onto the main road.

  12. Cross the main road and then turn right to Tottingworth Farm drive. Turn left down the farm drive, passing between the farm and nursing home and continuing to a house on the right. Just before the house turn left through a small gate onto an enclosed path to a gate into a field.

  13. Go through the gate and continue forward following the left edge of the field until the field edge turns sharp left. At this point continue straight forward across the field to the forest corner opposite and then continue in the same direction with the forest on the left to a small gate at the bottom of the field.

  14. Go through the gate and cross a footbridge and then follow a path through the woodland to a small gate. Go through the gate and then follow a path through rough pasture, heading diagonally across the pasture and passing just to the right of a small woodland in the middle of the pasture to a small gate.

  15. Go through the gate and follow a path beside a ditch through woodland passing through two gates on the way to a house driveway. Follow the driveway to the road and then turn right along the road to stile in the hedge on the left.

  16. Cross the stile and continue straight up the hill to a stile at the top of the field onto a road. Turn left along the road and then ignore the first footpath on the left which goes into the mill but take the next one over a stile onto an enclosed path.

  17. Follow the enclosed path to a stile. Cross this stile and then turn left and follow wooden fence to another stile.

  18. Cross the stile and then turn right and follow the enclosed path to a driveway. Turn right on the driveway to a road and then turn left along the road.

  19. Continue along the road passing Rushlake Green Motors and then a bridleway crossing (turn right here if you want to go to the Three Cups Inn). Continue along the road to a point where the road bends left and there is a notice on the right (Little Pond Ford Farm Dallington Forest Estate). Here, take the path on the right into a forest.

  20. Continue on the path through the forest ignoring all side tracks to eventually join an access road at Glazier’s forge. Turn left on the access road and follow it over a bridge then round to the right. At a footpath sign turn left onto a path going uphill through a forest. Continue straight on through the forest ignoring all side paths.

  21. On exiting the forest continue forward with a hedge on the left to go through a small gate into the courtyard of a barn conversion. Continue forward through the courtyard to exit by the main gate and then continue forward on the access road.

  22. Continue along the access road passing a footpath on the right and then passing a bridleway on the left. Just before the house on the left, turn left through a gate into a small paddock. Go straight across the paddock to the gate opposite.

  23. Having gone through the gate, continue downhill with woodland on the right and then go through a gap in the hedge and continue through the next field to the far right hand corner. Cross the stile in the corner of the field and continue forward between fences to cattle handling pens.

  24. On reaching the cattle pens, cross the stile on the left and follow the fence to cross the stile onto a road. Turn left on the road and after passing Perch Hill Farm on your right take the next driveway on the right.

  25. Where the driveway turns left, continue straight ahead to pass to the right of the house and then onto a small path through a forest to a turning area.

  26. At the turning area, continue forward to a ride and then go left but almost immediately there are two small paths on the right. Take the second path following it to a kissing gate.

  27.  Go through the gate and then continue forward down the hill with a fence on the right to a small gate. Go through the gate. Sometimes there is an electric fence along the side of this field, if so go through the footpath gate ahead and then turn right and follow the field boundary to a bridge and gate on the left. If there isn’t an electric fence you can just turn right and following the field boundary to the bridge and gate. 

  28. Cross the bridge and go through the gate and then turn right keeping the hedge on the right to a kissing gate.

  29. Go through the kissing gate and then continue forward on a path. Don’t cross the footbridge on the left over the river but continue to follow the path with the mill stream on your right.  Pass between the mill pond and mill and then keep forward on a track to a farm drive.

  30. Turn left and follow the farm drive to Bateman’s House. At junction in front of Bateman’s House turn right and follow the road to a stile on the left.

  31. Cross the stile and continue uphill through the field with a hedge on your right.

  32. In the next field, head diagonally uphill to a footpath gate in the top right-hand corner.

  33. Go through the footpath gate and then continue through the next field with the hedge on your left, pass through a small gate to continue in the next field with fence on the left to another small gate

  34. When you have passed through this gate turn left and follow path uphill with the hedge on the left back to the car park.