A Circular Walk

Starting From Wadhurst 

Passing Through Scotney Castle Estate

Wadhurst to Scotney Castle

Approximately 11.86 miles  6 hours
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 136

 

Refreshments: Chequers Inn, Lamberhurst. The Elephants Head, Hook Green.

This walk follows the shore of Bewl water and then passes through the parkland of the National Trust property Scotney Castle. From here you continue to the village of Lamberhurst. The last three miles of this walk are along quiet country lanes.

 

There are a few places where extreme care is required. At point 7 the road has no pavement and fast moving traffic. At point 9 the A21 is very busy and can be difficult to cross. At point 21 the road to the Elephants Head has a bend with no grass verge or pavement and fast moving traffic.

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 by the vehicle entrance and then cross the main road and continue along Blacksmiths Lane.

  2. Continue along Blacksmiths lane to a sharp left hand bend and then continue forward on a track to Little Pell Farm. Passing to the left of a house and then keep forward on the track keeping the farm buildings to your right.

  3. Continue on the track through gates, eventually passing to the right of a pond. Continue forward and the track soon turns into a path to a stile. Cross the stile and then continue forward down the left hand side of a field to a stile.

  4. Cross the stile and then continue forward to a path junction. Turn left at the junction and then continue on the round Bewl Water path until it eventually joins an old road.

  5. Follow the road uphill passing Hook Farm to a T junction. At the junction turn right and pass Beal’s Barn Gardens and Tea Room. Continue along the road passing the exit of Bewl Water Visitors center.

  6. When you arrive at the entrance to the visitors center turn left onto a bridleway through woodland. Exit the woodland through a gate into a field. Bear right across the field to a gateway. Go through the gateway and then turn right and then left onto a track going up the field. Continue on this track to a gate onto a road.

  7. Turn right along the road to lamberhurst. Continue forward to locate a footpath on the right between houses (opposite a road sign warning of hump). Continue on the enclosed path to a footpath junction, here turn right through the hedge and follow the path beside the woodland.

  8. Continue forward on the path and then a track. Continue forward crossing an access road. Continue following the track until it bends right by a telegraph pole, here turn left onto a path to the main road.

  9. Cross the main road and then turn right to the end of the pavement (it may be easier to go to the roundabout to cross the road).

  10. At the end of the pavement turn left through the hedge to an access road. Turn right along the access road to some Buildings. At the buildings keep left to a footpath gate into a field

  11. Continue forward on a path across the fields to a junction with a track near a bridge. Turn left at the junction and then immediately left again onto a small footpath (can be difficult to see). Continue on the path to a footpath gate near the top of the field. If you miss the footpath and end up at the footpath gate which is opposite the car park entrance. Do not go through the gate but turn left and follow the fence to the next footpath gate.

  12. Go through the footpath gate and cross the access road to continue forward on a path through woodland. Ignore all side turnings. When you arrive at a track continue forward through footpath gate into a field.

  13. Continue forward towards the fence corner and then follow the left side of the field to the field corner. At the field corner turn left to a footpath gate. Go through the gate and then turn right to follow a path through the gap in the hedge and then down the right side of a field to an access road.  

  14. Turn left along the access road and cross over a bridge. Continue along the access road and then turn right onto a path across a field to a gap in the hedge. Go through the gap in the hedge onto Lamberhurst Golf course.

  15. Head straight across the fairway and then continue forward with the hedge on your left to a gap in the hedge ahead. Go through the hedge and then do the same across the next fairway to then join a path into the sports field.

  16. Go straight across the sports field to exit at the far end passing beside the Chequers Inn to the main road. Turn right along the main road and then turn left into Brewer Street.

  17. Continue along the lane to Hopgarden close. Turn left off of the road onto a brick paved area in front of the houses. Continue forward with the houses on your right to join a footpath. Continue forward on the enclosed path and then follow the left edge of two fields to a track into woodland.

  18. Follow the track to a concrete road and then turn right along the concrete road to a gateway. Do not go through the gateway but turn left onto a path into a field. Continue along the right side of the field to a footpath bridge.

  19. Cross the footpath bridge and then continue forward on an enclosed path to a footpath gate.

  20. Go through the gate and then turn left through the driveway gate. Immediately turn right onto a path beside the garden and then across a field to a stile. Cross the stile and then bear left across the field to the top left corner.

  21. Exit the field onto the road and then turn right passing the Elephants Head. At the road junction turn left, continue along this lane for about a mile and then at the junction turn right.

  22. At the next junction continue straight on.

  23. Continue straight over the next two cross roads (Buckland Hill)

  24. At the next junction keep left heading downhill.

  25. Continue to follow this lane for about one mile. The lane will start to go steeply uphill with houses on your right. Continue to where the road forks and then keep left, signed Turners Green Lane. At the next junction continue straight on to the main road.

  26. Cross over the main road and then continue on the lane opposite (Primmers Green). At a junction keep right into Blacksmiths Lane. Continue to follow the lane uphill and round a left-hand bend before turning right up some steps.

  27. Continue on the enclosed path to the churchyard and then continue forward through the churchyard to the road. Turn left along the road to the main road. Cross over the main road back to the car park.