Circular Walk Starting From Wadhurst 

Passing Through

Mark Cross

Wadhurst to Mark Cross

Approximately 13.3 miles  7 hours

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 136 and 135

Refreshments: Mark Cross Inn. Sussex Country Gardener. Both in Mark Cross  

 

This walk starts by crossing meadows to the open access area of Snape Wood. After a short section in Snape Wood the route crosses the Hastings to London railway and then continues through fields to the small hamlet of Tidebrook. There is a good view of the St. John the Baptist Church sitting in the bottom of the valley.

From Tidebrook the walk continues through fields and woodland to the village of Mark Cross. On the approach to Mark Cross the old mill is past. Originally a windmill which was burnt down in 1910, it was then re-built with a gas engine to drive the mill. Now it has been converted into a house. From Mark Cross you pass through more fields and woodland before joining a byway to Eridge Old Park, one of the oldest enclosed deer parks in England. At Eridge Park the Sussex Border path is joined and this is followed over farm land back to Wadhurst, with just a short section along a road at the end.

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. Leave the car park and then turn left along the high street. Continue to the White Hart pub and then turn left into Washwell Lane. When the road bears right into Courthope Avenue continue downhill on Washwell lane.

  2.  Near the bottom of the hill cross the stile on the right and then turn left and follow the path as it curves right up the slope. Continue to follow the path across the field to a stile in the far corner.

  3. Cross the stile and then turn right onto an enclosed path and follow this until it ends at a stile into the woodland.   

  4. Cross the stile and then turn right and follow the path to a forest ride. Keep right and follow the forest ride to a junction. At the junction take the track sharp right and follow to join a small path on your right to a railway crossing.

  5. Follow the path to cross the railway and then continue down some steps and across a footbridge. Having crossed the footbridge turn left and follow a path into a field and then follow the right hand edge of three fields to a road.

  6. Cross the road and then follow the track to the second gateway. Here turn left through a gap in the fence. Keep forward with the hedge on your right to a stile in the field corner. Cross the stile and then continue forward with the fence on your left to a gate into the woodland.

  7. Follow a path through the woodland to a gate into a field. Continue across the field to a gate in the opposite hedge. Go through the right hand of the two gates and then continue forward following the left hand boundary to a stile onto a driveway.

  8. Cross the driveway and a stile into a field and then turn left to the top of the hill. Continue along the top of the hill with the boundary on your left to join an enclosed path in the far corner of the field. Follow the enclosed path to a gate.

  9. Go through the gate and then continue forward on the driveway to a T junction. At the junction go slightly left across the driveway and through the gate into a field. Bear left across the field. Look for the footpath arrow pointing across the ditch.

  10. After crossing the ditch turn right and then go through a gap in the hedge. Follow the right hand field boundary to locate a stile tucked back in the hedge (can be difficult to see). Cross the stile and then go down some steps to the road.

  11. Cross the road and then follow the driveway opposite. Ignore the first footpath on the right and then just past Mousehall Cottage turn right onto a grass path beside a stream. Continue to follow the path with the stream on your left. After the path crosses the stream continue forward towards a gate.

  12. Do not go through the gate but turn right onto an enclosed path with the fence on your left. Continue following the enclosed path, keeping the fence on your left until it ends at a footpath gate.

  13. Go through the footpath gate and then turn left across the field to a gate. Go through the gate and then continue forward with the fence on your right to a gate. Go through the gate and the turn left on a track.

  14. At a junction of tracks continue straight on. Continue to follow the track through three gates. The track then becomes enclosed with a fence on the right. Continue uphill on the track and then when the fence on your right ends bear right, diagonally across the field to a stile in the far bottom corner of the field.

  15. Cross the stile and then bear left to a stile into the woodland. Follow a path through the woodland crossing a footpath bridge and then uphill to a path junction. Turn left at the junction and then right at the next junction.

  16. Exit the woodland into a field and then keep the field boundary on the left. Continue to follow the path through a hedge and then continue forward to a driveway. Cross the driveway and a stile into a small woodland.

  17. Continue over the footbridge and then follow a path to a stile. Cross the stile and then follow the right hand boundary of the field to a stile into the woodland.

  18. Follow a path through the woodland continuing straight across a track and then at the next junction turn left.

  19. Continue along the forest ride to the footpath on the right. Turn right onto the footpath and follow to a stile. Cross the stile and then bear left to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge into a field and then follow a path to a gate onto the road.

  20. Turn left along the road and then turn right through a footpath gate into a field. Bear left across the field to locate a stile to the right of the unusual looking house ahead. Cross the stile onto an enclosed path. Follow this path to the access road and then continue along the access road to the main road.

  21. Turn left along the main road, pass the Garden Center and then turn right onto an enclosed path beside the garden center. Cross a stile into a field and then bear right to a stile in the far corner of the field. Cross this stile into the woodland and follow a path over two footbridges and through a gate to eventually arrive at a stile.

  22. Cross the stile and then continue straight across the field. Maintain the same direction across the next field to a stile.

  23. Cross the stile and then continue forward with the hedge on the right to a stile. Cross the stile and then turn right to another stile. Cross this stile and then bear left diagonally across the field to locate a gate and stile into the woodland.

  24. Cross the stile and then follow a path through the woodland to a road. Cross the road and then continue along the driveway to Entry Hill. Keep left at a house to locate a gate on the right hand side of a barn into the woodland.

  25. Continue on a path through the woodland to a junction. At the junction turn right along a byway. At the ford take the footpath on the left over a footbridge and then continue to follow the byway to a road.

  26.  Turn left along the road and then turn right through a kissing gate. Follow a track to then join a path into the woodland.

  27. Continue forward on the path to a ride. Turn right along the ride and then at a junction keep left (take care, junction can be overgrown and difficult to see). Continue downhill to eventually pass through a gate and then across a stream. Continue following the path across a track and then eventually crossing a stream into an open area.

  28. After crossing the stream turn right and follow the edge of the open area with woodland on your right. Continue following the path to a gate into the woodland. Here, bear left uphill with a row of trees on your right. Continue to a footpath gate which is to the right of the main gate. Follow the path to the road.

  29. Turn right along the road and then left onto the driveway to Pococksgate Farm. Turn left at a junction towards the farm buildings. At the farm buildings turn right to a gateway. Go through the gateway and then continue straight across the field to a gateway.

  30. Go through the gateway and then continue with the hedge on the left through two fields. In the third field maintain the same direction across the field to a gate. Go through the gate and then follow the left hand hedge to a footpath gate.

  31. Go through the gate and then continue forward with the hedge on the left to a gate. Go through the gate and then continue forward towards a house. Go through a footpath gate and then turn right onto an enclosed path.

  32. Go through a footpath gate into a field and then continue forward to a gateway. After going through the gateway continue downhill with the hedge on the left to the bottom of the field.

  33. At the bottom of the field go through a footpath gate and then follow a path through woodland to a footpath gate. Go through the gate and then continue forward up the field heading to the right side of the farm.

  34. Locate, and go through a footpath gate and then follow a track between the buildings. At a track junction turn right towards an Oast House. Pass the Oast House and then turn right to a gate on the left. Go through the gate and continue forward with the hedge on the left to a footpath gate into woodland.

  35. Go through the gate and then follow a path to the road. Turn right along the road to a kissing gate on the left. Turn left through the kissing gate and then follow a path into woodland. Continue up steps and through a kissing gate into a field.

  36. Continue with the field boundary on your right to kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and then maintain the same direction now with field boundary on the left through two fields to a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate and then continue with the fence on your right to a gate onto the road.

  37. Turn left along the road to a footpath gate on the right. Go through the gate and then follow the right edge of the field to a kissing gate into the woodland. Follow a path through the woodland and then the left edge of a field to an enclosed path.

  38. Follow the enclosed path over a footbridge and then follow the right edge of a field to a footpath gate onto a driveway. Turn left along the driveway to a road. Cross over the road and then continue forward along Tapsells lane to the main road.

  39. Turn right along the main road back to Wadhurst and the car park.