A Circular Walk

Starting From Wadhurst 

Passing Stonegate Station

Wadhurst to Stonegate Station

9.7 miles approximately 5 hour.
Map. Explorer 136

 

Refreshments: None on route

 

From Wadhurst this walk passes through the open access area of Snape Wood and then Wadhurst deer Park. From here the walk enters the Rother Valley and continues to Stonegate Station. The return leg of this walk has some great views over the High Weald area of outstanding natural beauty.

You could start this walk at Stonegate station, point 16.

Start Public car park behind The Greyhound Inn on the High Street Wadhurst. OS Grid Ref. TQ 640 316. Nearby post code TN5 6AP

It can be difficult to park here when the school is open. If so, there is a car park and roadside parking in Washwell lane beside the White Hart Pub.

  

  1. From the car park return to the main road and then turn right. Continue along the main road to just past the entrance to Waters Reach (building site January 2018) and then turn right over a stile which is tucked back in the hedge. Continue along the enclosed footpath to a stile into a field.

  2. Cross the stile and then turn left through the gateway. After passing through the gateway turn right to follow the right edge of two fields. At the end of the second field locate a stile, which is to the left of the field corner and beside the wastewater treatment plant. Cross the stile and then follow the path to the access road.

  3. Turn right along the access road to a junction with Washwell lane. Turn left along the lane to a stile on the left. Cross the stile and then follow a path along the left edge of the field to another stile. Cross this stile and then continue forward crossing two more stiles and then following the right edge of the field to a stile into woodland.

  4. Cross over the stile and follow a path to a ride. Cross over the ride and continue on the path opposite. Continue to follow this path to a railway crossing point. Cross the railway and then follow a path to a road. Cross over the road and go through the kissing gate into the field.

  5. Bear right to a gateway in the far left corner of the field. Go through the gateway and then follow the path through the woodland to a road.

  6. Cross over the road and then continue up the driveway opposite to Wenbans Oast. At the Oasthouse entrance turn right through footpath gate and then follow the main track to a kissing gate in the deer fence.

  7. Go through the gate and then continue forward with the deer fence on your right, downhill across a stream and then to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill continue forward on a faint track across the field. At the far side of the field join a track through the woodland.

  8. Follow the track through the woodland and then uphill to another gate in the deer fence. Do not go through the gate but turn left and then follow the fence round a corner and then on to another gate.

  9. Do not go through this gate but turn left onto a track. Follow the track downhill to a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and then follow the path to a road. Turn right along the road and then at a sharp left bend continue forward on an access road.

  10. Continue following the access road passing the turning to Weir Cottage and the when you get to a farm turn right over a stile into the farmyard. Continue forward with a barn on your left to exit the farmyard along a track.

  11. Turn left through the first gateway on the left and then continue forward with the fence/hedge on your right through two fields to a footpath gate. Go through the gate and then continue straight across the field to a bridge.

  12. Cross the bridge and then bear right to a footpath gate at the far end of the field. Go through the gate and then continue forward straight across the field to a footbridge.

  13. After crossing the footbridge, continue forward to another footbridge at the far end of the field. Cross this footbridge and then keep forward across the field to the stile opposite. DO NOT cross the stile but turn left and then follow a track through the farm yard to the access road. Follow the access road to the road.

  14. Turn left along the road to a house on the right. Just past the house turn right through a gate. Continue forward with a fence on your left to the railway line then turn right to follow the railway line to a bridge over the railway.

  15. Cross the bridge and then continue forward, passing to the right of a farm and then, keeping a pond on your left continue forward to a gate. Go through the gate and then turn left along the track and where the track forks keep left. Pass to the right of the farm and then continue to Stonegate Station.

  16. Continue through the car park to the road and then turn left over the bridge. Once over the bridge turn right over a stile and then continue forward with the railway on your right. Do not cross the first bridge over the railway but continue through three more fields to the next railway crossing point.

  17. Cross the railway and then follow the left side of a field to a broken stile in the field corner. Cross the stile and then continue forward across the field to the woodland corner and then continue with the woodland on the left to the field corner.

  18. In the field corner continue forward onto a track through the woodland. Continue to follow the track through the woodland and eventually into a field. In the field continue uphill towards the farm with the fence on the right.

  19. In the field corner just before the farm turn left and follow the field boundary to locate a path in the top left field corner leading to a stile in the small woodland (tack care path can be difficult to see). Cross the stile and then follow the path through the woodland to a stile into a field. Cross the stile and then continue across the field to a gateway. Go through the gateway and continue forward on a track heading towards large oak tree.

  20. Pass between the farm and the oak tree and then bear left diagonally across the field to the far left corner. In the field corner go through the footpath gate and then turn left along a track pass a house. Once pass the house turn right onto path with the hedge on your right to a gateway in the field corner. Go through the gateway and continue following the path uphill to the far top corner.

  21. In the field corner go through a footpath gate onto the road and then turn left along the road. Continue along the road to a stile on your right opposite Churchsettle House. Cross the stile and then continue forward on a path through trees to start with and then across a field to a stile.

  22. Cross the stile and then turn right to a gate. Go through the gate and then bear left diagonally across the field to a gate in the bottom left corner. Go through the gate and then continue forward to a footbridge. Cross over the footbridge and continue uphill with the hedge on your right to gate in the top corner of the field.

  23. Turn right through the gate and then continue forward across the field to a stile. Cross the stile and then continue with the hedge on you left to a gateway in the field corner. Continue forward through the gateway and then go straight across the field to a gate.

  24. Go through the gate and then follow enclosed path to another gate into a field. Continue forward in the field with the fence on your left to a footpath gate. Turn left through the gate and then continue forward to a road.

  25. Cross over the road and then continue forward along Brinkers Lane to the main road. Turn left along the main road back into Wadhurst and the car park.