A Circular Walk

Starting From Robertsbridge Station

passing through

John's Cross

John’s Cross

Approximately 5 miles  2.5 hour
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 124

Refreshments: No refreshments on route.

This walk follows the railway line as it leaves Robertsbridge and then climbs to Mountfield Court. From Mountfield Court the walk continues to John’s Cross where great care is needed crossing the main London to Hastings road (A21). A ridge with some great views is then followed before dropping downhill back to Robertsbridge.

Start  Robertsbridge Station, Car park (pay and display). Nearby post codeTN32 5DD.  OS Grid reference TQ733235.

 

  1. Leave the station car park and then turn right over the level crossing. Having crossed the railway turn left into Mill Rise. Continue downhill to join a path to a lane.

  2. Turn left along the lane and then pass under the railway. After passing under the railway turn right onto the access road to Glottenham Manor nursing home. 

  3. Pass under the railway again and then look for a stile on the left. Cross the stile and then follow a path beside a stream to a footbridge. 

  4. Cross the footbridge and then continue with the railway on the left. Continue forward crossing two footbridges and a stile to join a path between the railway and a stream. At a path junction turn right across a footbridge and then turn left. 

  5. Continue with the stream on your left through two fields to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and then continue straight across the field to a footbridge into the woodland. Cross the footbridge and then follow a path through the woodland to another footbridge into a field. 

  6. Cross the footbridge and then continue forward to a tunnel under the railway. Pass under the railway and then continue forward over the bridge ahead. After crossing the bridge bear right following a faint track across the field. The track passes just to the left of a small woodland. 

  7. Continue forward, still following the faint track up the earth bank ahead and then passing to the right of a pond before heading towards a gate at the top of the field. Go through the gate and then follow a track to the right of the buildings. 

  8. Continue forward to the access road junction and then turn left, keeping the manor boundary wall on your left. Follow the access road all the way to the main road. 

  9. Take care crossing the main road and then turn left. Take the second footpath on your right through a kissing gate.

  10. After passing through the kissing gate bear left across the field and then pass through left-hand hedge before continuing to a stile at the bottom of the field. Cross the stile and then continue forward to a stile in the far left corner of the field.

  11. Cross the stile and then bear left to a stile in the far left-hand corner of the field. Cross this stile and then bear right heading to the left-hand side of the houses to cross a stile onto the road. 

  12. Turn right along the road and then at the first gateway on the left cross a stile into the field. Bear left across the field to a stile. Cross the stile and then continue straight across the field towards a house. Cross three stiles and then pass to the right of the house. 

  13. Continue forward on the access road. When the access road bends right by a house keep forward onto a path into a field. Follow the left edge of two fields and then at the far end of the second field turn left onto a path into the woodland.

  14. Continue forward at all path junctions and then follow the path beside a waste water treatment plant into a field. 

  15. Continue straight across the field to the field corner. Follow a path through the hedge and then follow the enclosed path to a footbridge over the road. Cross over the footbridge and then continue forward along the lane to the main road. 

  16. Turn left along the main road and then turn right into station road and follow back to the station.