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Cowden to Eridge Walk

Starts along a valley and then over hills to Hartfield for lunch, followed by an undulating trek thorough woods and fields to Eridge.

Length

Main walk:19.5km (12.1 miles). Six hours walking time. For the whole excursion including meals and trains, allow at least 9 hours

Short cut walk: 16.5km (10.3 miles), five hours 15 minutes walking time

Maps

OS Landranger Map 188, Explorer Map 135 and 147

Toughness

4 out of 10

Features

This is a beautiful walk in classic Weald territory of pasture, woods and hills.

In the lunchtime village of Hartfield you will find Pooh Corner, selling all kinds of paraphernalia relating to AA Milne's famous creation (including the Official Rules for Poohsticks).

History

Withyham has several interesting buildings. The path into the village goes through the grounds of Old Buckhurst, in its time one of the largest houses in England but with only a stone gatehouse standing today. Next to the impressive Rectory, a corner of the adjacent Monk's House has been cut off, supposedly because one 19thC Rector wanted to be able to see Old Buckhurst, the home of his ancestors. The Church of St Michael and All Angels contains full-size reproductions of four 14thC Italian paintings and some impressive monuments.

Transport

Trains on Monday to Saturday go from London Bridge to Cowden, journey time 45 minutes. On Sunday there is no direct train service. Take the East Grinstead train from London Victoria and change at Oxted, journey time just over an hour. Buy a day return to Eridge.

Saturday Walkers Club

Take the train nearest to 9.40am from London Bridge or London Victoria.

Lunch

The Anchor Inn Church Street, Hartfield, TN7 4AG (01892 770424 / www.anchorinnhartfield.co.uk). Food served noon - 2pm Mon - Sat (to 1.45pm Sun). Located 10 km from the start of the walk

The Dorset Arms Withyham, TN7 4BD (01892 770278 / www.dorset-arms.co.uk). Food served noon - 2pm Tue - Sun. Located 7 km from the end of the walk

Tea

The Huntsman Eridge Rd, TN3 9LE (01892 864258) Serves tea, coffee etc. 5.30pm - 11pm Tue - Sat, 7pm - 11pm Sun. (Closed on Mondays.)

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Trains

Out: (not a train station)

Back: (not a train station)

By Car

Start: TN8 7DS | Directions at 4pm

Finish: TN3 9LE | [Directions] at 10am

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National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234

Version

Mar-16

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