Circular walk starting from Burwash visiting the

Dudwell and Rother Valleys

Two Valleys walk

7 miles about 3.5 hours

 

Ordanance Survey Explorer maps 124 and 136

 

Refreshments: No refreshments on route, Pubs and café in Burwash.

 

Route description. This walk visits the Rother and the Dudwell valleys. Leaving Burwash beside the Catholic Church at the west end of the High street the walk passes Mottynsden manor and then Franchise manor before crossing the river Rother at Wreckery bridge. The north side of the Rother valley is followed for a short distance before the river is crossed again and the steady climb begins to cross over the ridge just to the east of Burwash into the Dudwell valley. The river Dudwell is crossed and then Grandturzel is passed on the climb up to Fontridge Lane. Fontridge Lane is followed for a short distance to Old Brick Farm. From here the walk crosses the river Dudwell again and continues to the Church at the eastern end of Burwash High Street. 

Directions: Start Burwash car park OS Grid ref. TQ673 246. Nearest 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 and then take the driveway beside the Church car park.

  2. Where a footpath goes off to the left, stay on the driveway. Continue to follow the driveway downhill until it ends at a stile. Cross over the stile to follow a path between fences to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge into a field and then turn left. Continue down the field with the hedge on the left to a stile.

  3. Cross the stile and then continue downhill to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and then head uphill to a gate in the top right-hand corner of the field (Mottynsden Manor is on the right). Go through the gate onto a driveway and then turn right and continue on the driveway to Mottynsden House.

  4. Just before reaching the house, take a path up the bank on the left to a stile. Cross the stile into an orchard and then turn right. Continuing with the hedge on the right to a gate in the corner of the orchard.

  5. Pass through the gate onto a driveway and then turn right. Continue to the entrance of Franchise Manor and then cross over a stile into a field on your right. Having crossed the stile, turn left following a fence which will be on the left, to a Kissing gate. Go through the Kissing gate and then continue forward following the hedge on the right to another Kissing gate.

  6. Go through the kissing gate and then continue straight ahead on a track to the corner of the field. Don’t go into the next field, instead turn left keeping a stream on your right. Continue to follow the edge of the field to a bridge over the river.

  7. Cross over the bridge and then continue forward across the field to a clump of trees in the middle of the field and then turn left crossing the field to a footbridge.

  8. Having crossed the footbridge, turn right and follow the ditch around to the left. Where the ditch turns sharp right continue forward across the field to a hedge corner by a house. Turn right keeping the hedge on your left and then continue forward to a crossing over the railway.

  9. Having crossed the railway continue forward through a tall wooden door like gate and then at a path junction turn right. Keeping the railway on your right to a field.

  10. Bear left on a path across the field to then join a path into the woodland by a large oak tree.

  11. Follow the path through the wood and then at a path junction keep right. At a small clearing, bear left and then follow the path round to the right and over a stream. The path will then pass through a cleared area going uphill with the hedge on the left to a stile into a field. Ignore the path going left.

  12. Cross the stile into the field and then continue forward across the field with the hedge on your left to a stile. Cross over the stile and then turn right and cross over another stile. Continue down the field keeping the hedge on your right. In the next field continue down to a railway crossing point.

  13. Cross the railway and then go down the left-hand side of the field to a kissing gate near the bottom left-hand corner. Go through the kissing gate and then turn right to a stile in the field corner.

  14. Cross over the stile and then bear slightly left to a bridge over the river. Cross the bridge and then bear right across the field to a gate and stile. Cross the stile and then head uphill to a gate on the left-hand side of the farm buildings.

  15. Go through the gate into the farmyard and then continue forward through the farmyard. Pass through a gate and then follow the right-hand driveway towards the garages. Pass to the right of the garages to locate a gate onto a road.

  16. Turn right on the road passing a field gate on the left and then go through a narrow gate on the left. Follow a path between fences to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and a stile before continue uphill into a field.

  17. Continue uphill with the field boundary on your left to a stile onto the main road. Turn left along the main road to the second driveway on the right. Follow the driveway down to where it bends left towards a bungalow and then turn right onto a track between a hedge and fence.

  18. Continue forward to a gate into a field. Pass through the gate and then continue forward across the field to a footpath gate in the far left hand corner of the field. Go through the footpath gate and then follow the path through the woodland to a gate into a field.  Go through the gate and then follow the left hand hedge of the field to where it turns sharp left. At the hedge corner, bear left across the field to a gate in the far left hand field corner, beside the river.

  19. Go through the gate and follow the river to a bridge. Cross over the bridge into a field. This field has temporary fences with the path across it well marked (if the fences have been removed bear right, crossing the field diagonally to the far right corner).

  20. In the field corner go through a small gate and continue with the garden fence on your left and a ditch on your right. Where the garden ends, continue in the same direction, with a ditch and then woodland, on your right, eventually going uphill to join a driveway. Turn right along the driveway. Cross a cattle grid and then continue to follow the driveway to a road.

  21. Turn right along the road and follow to Old Brick Farm driveway which is on the right. Turn right down the driveway to Old Brick Farm. Cross a cattle grid then continue down the driveway to cross another cattle grid into the farm yard.

  22. In the farmyard, continue forward with the farm buildings on the left and garages on the right to exit the farmyard by a driveway in the left hand corner. Follow the driveway, keeping the Manor house on your right to a stile on the right.

  23. Cross the stile and then bear left to a gate. Go through the gate and follow the right hand edge of the field to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and then bear left diagonally across the field to the far left corner, by the river.

  24. Cross the footbridge in the field corner and then follow the river to another footbridge over the river. Cross the footbridge and then continue forward with the hedge on your right to the field corner.

  25. At the field corner turn left following the field boundary to the first gateway in the corner of the field. Turn right through the gateway and then follow a path up the left hand side of the field to a kissing gate.

  26. Go through the kissing gate and then bear left up across the field towards some benches at the top of the field. At the benches turn left to the Churchyard and follow the path through the Churchyard to the main road. Turn left along the main road back to the car park.