A Circular Walk starting from Burwash through forest.

 

Forest Walk

5.5 miles 2.5 hours approx.
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 124 and 136

 

Refreshments: No refreshments on route but pubs and cafes in Burwash

 

This walk is called “Forest Walk”. However, it is not totally within the forest and there are good views from the meadows connecting the forests.

 The walk starts by leaving the village of Burwash, heading west along the main road and then crosses meadows that are part of the Batemans estate owned by the National Trust. These meadows are full of wild flowers which attract numerous butterflies. The walk then crosses the river Dudwell, not much more than a trickle during the summer but can be a very powerful force of water during the winter. Climbing the southern side of the Dudwell valley the walk enters High wood and then continues into Leggett’s wood. These woods are owned by the forestry commission and many of the rides are bordered by wild flowers during the summer and in the autumn can be spectacular as the leaves change colour. The walk then passes close to the British Gypsum mine before entering Beaks Wood. Beaks Wood is privately owned and is visited less by walkers than the previous woods. On the return leg the walk passes through Perrymans Farm and then into the Forestry commission owned Park Wood before passing the National Trust property of Batemans. From Batemans the walk crosses meadows back to the car park.            

 

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

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

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

  3. Go through the footpath gate and then follow the path to the left through a small wood to a stile into a field. Cross the stile and then continue forward to a gateway to the right of a small wood.

  4. In the next field bear right heading diagonally across the field to the far bottom corner. Do not cross the stile in the corner but turn left to the next gateway and stile.

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

  6. Having crossed over the river, turn right to follow a path to a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and then continue forward keeping the hedge on your left. When near to the far end of the field, go through the gate on the left and then turn right following the edge of the field to a gate. Sometimes there is an electric fence alongside the footpath. If so you will go through a small gate before the field gate.

  7. Don’t go through the gate but turn left to a small gate. Pass through this gate and then head uphill to a kissing gate into the forest. Pass through the kissing gate and then follow the path through the forest to join a forest ride.

  8. Turn left on the forest ride, passing the turning area (not sharp left onto the small path going down to a gate) and then when the ride forks, keep right. Continue to a crossing of rides.

  9. At the crossing of rides continue forward and then after a few yards and before crossing the stream turn right onto a footpath. Follow the footpath over two footbridges and then turn left, uphill. (Path can be indistinct here but continue uphill with the gully to your left).

  10. When the path joins a ride continue straight across and follow a small footpath to eventually climb some steps up to a forest ride.

  11. The footpath after this point becomes very muddy and the best route is to turn left on the forest ride and then take the first right onto a small track. Continue forward to a forest ride and then turn left and then right. At the next path crossing, continue straight across and follow the path to a road. 

  12. It is safest to cross the road first and then turn right along the road. Just before the entrance to the British Gypsum Mine turn left onto a footpath. (The path can be difficult to see as it is in the wooded strip to the left of the Gypsum Mine gate).

  13. Follow this path to cross a stile into a field and then turn right to follow the fence to the bottom of the field. Half way down the field there is an old land slip which is now overgrown with bramble. It is better to detour from the fence to go round this area. Continue to the bottom of the field and cross the stile.

  14. Having crossed the stile into the forest, follow the path and then when reaching electricity pylons continue forward under the wires to the path opposite.

  15. At the next junction turn left and follow the track to eventually enter a field. Keep to the left edge of the field until a house comes into view and then head across the field to a gate to the right of the house.

  16. Go through the gate and then continue forward on the track. At a junction turn left and then keep right, passing to the right of a shed. Stay on this track to eventually pass through a farm onto a road.

  17. Turn left on the road and then at the road junction, turn right. Continue along this road until you pass the entrance to Kemland House on your right.

  18. Having passed Kemland House take the track into the field on the left. Follow the track and then path to a gate into the forest

  19. Pass through the gate and then continue forward on a ride. At the junction continue forward onto a small path down to a gate into a field.

  20. Go through the gate and then bear left across the field to the gate in the left hand hedge. Having gone through the gate, continue down the next field keeping the hedge on the right to a gate onto a driveway.

  21. Go through the gate and then turn right and follow the farm driveway to Bateman’s House. At the junction in front of Bateman’s House turn right and follow the road to a stile on the left.

  22. Cross the stile in to a field and then continue with a hedge on your right to a gateway. Go through the gateway and then bear right. Continue heading diagonally across the field to a footpath gate in the top right-hand corner.

  23. Go through the footpath gate and then continue with the hedge on your left to another footpath gate. Having passed through this footpath gate continue forward across the field keeping a fence on the left to the next footpath gate. Go through the footpath gate and then turn left and follow the path uphill with the hedge on your left back to the car park.