Circular Walk Starting From Wadhurst 

Passing Through

Mayfield

Wadhurst to Mayfield

Approximately 11.44 miles  5.5 hours

Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 136

Refreshments: The Rose and Crown and The Middle House, Mayfield.

This walk leaves Wadhurst heading south to the small hamlet of Buttons, where you then enter Wadhurst Park. Soon after Wadhurst Park Combe lane is followed, there are some lovely views across the valley from this lane. A footpath is then followed through Combe Wood and then across fields to the village of Mayfield. After passing through Mayfield the Estate of Mayfield College is passed. Some of the fields here are full of wild flowers. Next is the small village of Tidebrook and then more field and woodland paths back to Wadhurst.

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 return to the main road. Turn right along the main road and out of the village and then turn right into Brinkers Lane. Follow this lane until it ends at a T junction. At the T junction continue across the road and through a footpath gate. 

  2. Continue forward with the hedge on the right to the next footpath gate. Go through the gate and then turn right keeping the fence on the right to another footpath gate. Go through this gate and then continue on enclosed path to the next gate. 

  3. Go through the gate and then continue straight across the field to a gateway. Go through the left-hand gateway and then continue forward with the hedge on the right to a stile. Cross the stile and then maintain the same direction across the field to a gate.

  4. Go through the gate and then continue forward with the hedge on your right to the railway. Cross the railway and then keep the hedge on your right to a gate and stile. Cross the stile and then continue forward to cross a stile onto a road.

  5. Turn right along the road and then turn left at the next driveway. Cross over a stile onto an enclosed path to a gate in the deer fence. Go through the gate and then continue forward on a path between trees. The path becomes a track and continues uphill to a gate.

  6. Do not go through the gate but turn right and follow the boundary fence to a footpath gate in a deer fence. Continue forward through the footpath gate and then maintain the same direction with a fence on your left to an access road. 

  7. Cross over the access road and then continue down the roadway to the left of Combe House. Just past Combe House then turn right onto a track and follow this until it ends at a T junction. Turn left at the T junction and continue on the access road, eventually passing Lodge Hill Oast. 

  8. After passing Lodge Hill Oast continue downhill to a left-hand bend and then turn right onto a path passing to the right of a shed. Continue following the path all the way to a footbridge at the bottom of the hill.

  9. Cross the footbridge and then turn right and follow a path to two stiles. Cross the left-hand stile and then follow a path uphill through the woodland to a gate. Go through the gate and bear slightly right across the field to locate a stile in the woodland opposite.

  10. Cross the stile and then follow a path through two fields, keeping the field boundaries on your right. The path then becomes a track, continue on this track to a junction and then turn right into a farmyard. 

  11. Keep left through the farmyard to then exit along a track. Continue to follow the track until it turns right, here continue straight on along a concrete roadway to a stile on the left. Cross the stile on your left and then continue downhill with the hedge on your right through three fields to a footbridge. 

  12. Cross the footbridge and follow a path to the right through the woodland. At a path junction keep left away from the stream and then continue straight ahead at a crossing of paths. Continue uphill to eventually follow the path into a field. Continue following the path around the left-hand boundary of the field to two stiles in the field corner. 

  13. Cross the stile ahead into a small woodland and then follow the path to a field. Continue following a path between fences across the field and then follow the enclosed path behind the houses. At the end of the path turn left to a road. 

  14. Turn right and follow road to a T junction. Turn right again to the next T junction, here turn left and follow the road uphill to Mayfield Highstreet.     

  15. Turn right at the road junction and continue to the recreation ground car park. Turn right into the car park and then take the surfaced path behind the Village Hall heading downhill passing to the left of the Basket Ball Court. 

  16. When the path forks continue straight across the grass and then pass behind the football goal to the steps in the field corner. Go down the steps and then cross over the track and a stile into a field. 

  17. Turn right and follow a path along the right-hand side of two fields to a stile onto an enclosed path (Southeast water have been doing some work in the second field and there is a fence across the path. Just go left to the metal gates and then follow the roped path back to the right edge of the field. These fences will probably be removed once the work is finished). Cross the stile and follow the enclosed path to a stile into a field.

  18. Cross the stile and then continue forward with the hedge on your right to join a path into the woodland.

  19. Follow the path through the woodland, keeping right at a fork and then at a junction turn left to a footbridge.

  20. Cross the footbridge and then turn right to a stile. Cross the stile and then turn left and follow a path uphill. Continue to follow the path keeping right at all junctions through three fields to a stile into a woodland.  

  21. Cross the stile and continue forward across a gully and then immediately turn right to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and then turn left. Follow a path to another bridge and out into the open. Continue following the path through woodland and field to a stile onto a road. 

  22. Cross the stile and then continue forward down the driveway opposite. Keep forward onto a path and then when the path forks keep left to a stile.

  23. Cross the stile into a field and then continue forward with the hedge on the left to the field corner. At the field corner turn left through a gap/gateway in the hedge and then continue straight down the field. At the bottom of the hill locate a track into the woodland.

  24. Follow the track to a gate, go through the gate and then continue forward through the next gate and pass to the left of a house. Join the access road and follow all the way to a lane. 

  25. Cross the lane and then go up the steps in the bank to a stile. Cross the stile into a field and then turn left to a gap in the hedge near to the field corner.

  26.  After passing through the gap in the hedge turn left through a small woodland and across a ditch into a field. Bear right across the field to a gate in the top corner of the field.

  27. Go through the gate onto the driveway. Turn left and then almost immidiatly turn right. Continue along the driveway to Barrack Manor Cottages. On reaching the garages go through the footpath gate ahead onto an enclosed path.

  28. At the end of the enclosed path keep the fence on your right going across the top of the hill to a stile onto a driveway.

  29. Cross the stile and driveway and then another stile into a field. Follow a path uphill ignore the small gate into the garden but continue to follow the field boundary to a gateway in the corner of the field.

  30. Go through the gateway and then bear left to a gate in the top corner of the field into the woodland. Go through the gate and then follow a path through the woodland to go through a footpath gate into a field. Continue forward in the field with the fence on your right to a stile in the field corner. 

  31. Cross the stile and then turn left keeping the hedge on your left. Pass through a gap in the fence and then turn right along the track to the road.

  32. Cross the road and a stile into a field. Continue down the left side of three fields and then follow a path into the woodland. Continue following the path to a footbridge. Cross the footbridge and continue up some steps to cross the railway line.

  33. Continue forward on a path to a ride and then turn left. Keep left at all junctions until you get to a stile.

  34. Cross the stile onto an enclosed path along the edge of a field. Follow the enclosed path until it ends. At the end of the enclosed path turn left over a stile and then bear right across the field following a path to a stile onto a road.

  35. Turn left and follow the road uphill all the way to the main road. Turn right at the main road back to the car park.