Circular walk 

starting from Burwash passing through Mayfield

Mayfield 

15 miles 8 hours approx.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 136

Refreshments: Pubs, cafe and shops in Mayfield

 

This is one of the longest walks and is better saved for the summer with the longer light evenings or it could be a two day walk stopping at a bed and breakfast in Mayfield. The walk leaves Burwash by the track beside the Catholic Church and then passes Mottynsden Manor House a grade two listed building built around the 17th century. Further on the walk passes Holmshurst Manor a Jacobean mansion where Roger Daltrey from the rock group “The Who” lives. Continuing on following field paths the walk enters the Rother valley, there is evidence of when this area was part of the Wealdon Iron industry when the river was held back to provide power for the furnaces. The valley at Rolf’s Farm has been allowed to return to nature and has many wildflowers. From Rolf’s Farm the walk climbs uphill to Mayfield. Mayfield was at the center of the Wealdon Iron industry and many of the buildings date back to that time. From Mayfield the walk continues mainly through pasture back to Burwash Common and then continues through Burwash Weald to then follow field paths back to Burwash.

Route Description. 

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

 

  1. Exit the car park onto the High street and then turn left. Continue along the High street to the Catholic Church which is on the right. Take the driveway beside the Church car park and where a footpath goes off to the left stay on the drive, following it around and downhill until it ends.

  2. At the end of the drive, cross over a stile to follow the path between fences, to a footbridge and a gate, cross the bridge and go through the gate into a field. Turn left, going down the field keeping the hedge on the left. At the bottom of the field go through a gate and continue down to a footbridge.

  3. Cross the bridge and head uphill, keeping the hedge on the right. To a gate in the top corner of the field (Mottynsden manor is on the right). Go through the gate onto a drive then turn right. Continue on the driveway to Mottynsden House. Just before you reach the house, take a path to the left up into an orchard. Cross a stile into the orchard and turn right continuing with the hedge on the right to a gate in the field corner onto a driveway.

  4. Turn left on the driveway and follow to a road. At the road turn left, and pass Holton Farm and then take the track on the right passing to the left of Holton Farm House. After a few yards cross a stile on the right into a field and then head downhill to a gate in the middle of the hedge at the bottom of the field.

  5. Go through the gate and continue forward with the hedge on your right to a gate. Go through the gate and continue in the same direction down to a bridge and gate. Cross the bridge and go through the gate and then continue uphill with hedge on your left to a gate onto a farm drive.

  6. Go through the gate onto the farm drive and turn left passing a bungalow on your left and then take path on the left behind a garage. There were lots of doubled glazed windows stacked beside this path.

  7. Continue forward and pass through a gate into a field and then turn right. Continue to the gate in front of you. Go through the gate and continue downhill with the farm buildings to your right and then go through a kissing gate into a wood.

  8. Follow a path downhill through the wood to join a track and then turn left along the track. Follow the track till the fence on the right ends and then turn right onto a small path. Path bears left at the top of the steep bank and can be indistinct, continue in an uphill direction to a field and then follow the left edge of the field uphill to a road.

  9. Turn left along the road and then at a road junction turn left. Continue along the road to a road sign warning of a left hand bend and then turn right onto a concrete driveway passing to the right of Holmshurst Manor House. Continue on the driveway ignoring all left turns and then continue forward onto a bridleway.

  10. Continue along the bridleway to the second gate on the left. Go through the gate and then continue downhill following the left edge of the field to a gate at the bottom of the hill.  

  11. Go through the gate and then bear right to a small gate and footbridge. After crossing the footbridge continue forward uphill with the hedge on the right. When the hedge turns right continue forward straight across the field aiming to the right of a clump of trees to locate a stile.

  12. Cross the stile and then bear right to cross the field and locate a stile to the right of the left hand clump of trees. Cross this stile and follow a path to the right which can be overgrow and then follow the field boundary to the far right hand corner.

  13. Pass into the next field and follow the field boundary round to the right. At the field corner do not pass into the next field but turn left to continue to follow the field boundary with the hedge on the right.

  14. At the next field corner continue forward through a gateway and then turn immediately turn right through a gateway. Having passed through the gateway continue straight ahead across the field towards a House.  Cross the bridge over the river Rother and continue forward between hedges to the left of the house, passing through two gates and continuing out to the road.

  15. At the road turn right and continue to follow the road until it crosses a bridge over a stream. After crossing the bridge turn left onto a track and follow the track until it turns sharp right. Keep forward where the track turns sharp right onto a path between trees to a small gate.

  16. Go through the small gate into a field and continue forward to join a driveway that then passes between houses. Continue to follow this driveway passing tennis courts to then turn right onto path through woodland.

  17. Continue to follow the path through the wood keeping a stream on the left. Just before the path crosses a bridge turn right away from the stream and follow a path to a gate and stile into a field.

  18. Cross over the stile and continue forward to a stile at the far end of the field. Cross the stile into woodland and follow a path uphill through the woodland to a gate. Pass through the gate and then turn left on a track to a stile. Cross over the stile and continue on the track until having passing the second pond on the right.

  19. Having passed the second pond on the right take the signed path on the left and follow the path round to the right and then continue with the woodland on the right to a gate. Go through the gate and then cross over the driveway and take the path to the left of the garage.

  20. Go through a gate and continue forward through two fields to a stile. Cross the stile and then turn left crossing the footbridge. Continue on a path keeping right when a path joins from the left, to eventually join farm access road. Turn right along access road to a road junction.

  21. At the road junction take the footpath on the right crossing a stile into a field and then turning left to follow the left hand field boundary through two fields to a stile.

  22. Cross the stile at the end of the second field and then immediately turn left and cross another stile following a path through a small strip of woodland and then across a field aiming to the right of the houses.

  23. Follow a small path behind the houses to a road. Turn right on the road and follow to a T junction. At the junction turn right and then at the next junction keep left.

  24. Follow the road and then turn left opposite the Carpenters Arms onto The Avenue. Follow the Avenue until the road forks then keep left onto Cordbatt Hill, keep going downhill to a junction.

  25. At the junction keep left, passing the Bowls club. At a sign “private Road leading to Versyns Farm” keep right going downhill to a gate and then take the enclosed path beside the gate. Continue on this path down to a footbridge.

  26. Cross the footbridge and then keep left and follow the path to the road. Turn right on the road and follow the road downhill, crossing a small stream. The road then starts to climb uphill and just past road sign turn left onto footpath.

  27. The path is enclosed to start with then crosses a stile into a field. Continue forward with field boundary on the right through three fields to a footbridge over the river. Cross the footbridge and bear right to a gate. Go through the gate and follow the path with a fence on the left and then continue forward when path becomes enclosed with wall on the right. Just before path ends cross stile on the left and continue forward to gate on the right.

  28. Go through the gate and continue forward with the hedge on the right to a gate. Go through the gate and continue with a hedge on the right until the hedge turns right. At this point continue forward heading for the far left corner of the field.

  29. Cross a stile in the field corner into a woodland and then follow a path through the wood and out into a field. Turn left to a gate and continue forward in the next field to the second gate on the left. Cross a stile beside the gate onto a farm drive and then turn left. Continue on farm drive to a footpath on the right.

  30. Cross a stile and then bear left diagonally across the field to a gateway next to the woodland. Cross a stile and then continue forward to join the hedge on the right, follow the hedge down to a gate. Pass through the gate and then continue forward with a fence on the left.

  31. Continue to follow the field boundary ignoring all stiles until you reach a footpath stile which is above a small woodland with pond in it. Cross the stile and then turn right heading across the field to then follow the edge of a woodland uphill. At the corner of the woodland continue forward crossing the field to a gate onto a road.

  32. Turn right on the road and then left down the drive to Little Pigstrool. Keep left when the driveway forks and then look for a small gate in the fence on the left. Go through the gate and continue to a gateway on the right. Cross the stile beside the gate and continue forward with the garden fence on the right.

  33. At the fence corner continue forward to a stile in the right hand corner of the field. Cross the stile and continue forward with the hedge on the right to the field corner. At the corner of the field cross a footbridge and a stile and then go left around some brambles before turning right to head uphill through small strip of woodland.

  34. At the top edge of the woodland continue uphill crossing the field to a stile on the right of a small wood. Cross the stile and then head across the field towards a house and locate a stile in the hedge onto a driveway. Cross the stile and then turn left, following the drive all the way to the end.

  35. At the end of the driveway turn right down to a gate into a field. Go through the gate and follow the left hand field boundary passing the first gate on the left and then continuing down to a gate into a wood. DO NOT go through the gate but cross the stile on the left and then continue forward before turning right to cross a footbridge.

  36. Having crossed the footbridge continue straight forward across the field to a stile in the hedge opposite. Cross the stile and then continue forward uphill across the field to the top corner. In the field corner continue forward into the woodland and follow path forward through the woodland and then continue uphill through open area to a stile.

  37. Cross the stile and a footbridge and then continue forward keeping the hedge on the left to locate a small gate in the hedge on the left shortly before reaching the top of the field. Go through the gate and then bear slightly right away from the hedge going uphill to join a track. Follow the track uphill to exit through a gate beside a house onto the road.

  38. Turn left on the road and follow to a junction. At the road junction turn right and follow to a fork in the road. At the fork in the road keep left and then continue straight over a cross road onto Springhall Lane. Continue forward along the lane to the main road.

  39. Cross over the main road and then turn left along the pavement. When the pavement ends cross over the road and continue on the opposite side through Burwash Wheeled, passing the Wheel Inn.

  40. Having passed the Wheel Inn continue on the pavement until it ends opposite the entrance to Burnt House Farm.

  41. Cross the road and go down Burnt House Farm Driveway, curving left then right before continuing downhill. Where the driveway forks, keep right and where the driveway turns sharp right, pass through a gate into a field

  42. Continue down the field to a kissing gate in the fence on the left. Pass through the kissing gate and then bear right to a kissing gate below a brick water tank. Go through this kissing gate and then continue across the field with a fence on your left to a gate and stile.

  43. Cross the stile and continue in the same direction to the next gateway. Pass through the gateway and head downhill keeping the hedge on the right to a stile.

  44. Cross over the stile and follow the path through the wood between ponds. Continue across the field on a path which is normally well defined, but if it is not, bear slightly right and cross the field along the top of the hill to a gateway.

  45. Go through the gateway and continue forward keeping house and garden on the right and follow the old driveway downhill to Rye Green Farm. Pass between the derelict buildings and then continue to a stile. Cross the stile and then head uphill, heading for the top right hand corner of the field. Pass through a gateway and continue uphill through the next field to a stile in the top right hand corner of the field into a wood.

  46. Follow the path through a small wood and then cross a stile into a field and follow the left edge of the field before crossing a stile back into the small wood. Turn right and follow a path to a stile. Cross the stile and then turn left uphill keeping the hedge on your left. At the top left hand corner of the field cross over a stile and go down the steps to the road, turn right and follow the road back to the Bear Car Park.