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Exploring Ashdown Forest

A moderate walk (countryside) starting and finishing in East Sussex, England, about 15.28km (9.49 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:00. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 87m (285ft)
Loss 87m (285ft)
Max. Elevation 120m (393ft)
Elevation (total) 174m (570ft)
Start
Groombridge Station
End
Tunbridge Wells
Distance 15.28km
(9.49mi)
Duration ~4:00
Difficulty  
Moderate
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Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 24 Sep 2008
Ashdown Forest, in the High Weald area of Sussex, is famous as the home of Winnie-the-Pooh, the much-loved bear in the A.A. Milne stories. This walk takes you through some of the best of the forest (most of which isn't actually wooded), including the Pooh Sticks Bridge. It's a long day out, but all easy going and a great way to see some of the highlights of this popular region.

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Waypoints

OS Grid TQ532371
From the station, head into the village of Groombridge. Pass through the village towards the B2188, where you can join the Sussex Border Path heading west.
Balls Green About 3.46 km (~2.15 miles) from
OS Grid TQ498364
The Sussex Border Path heads west along the disused railway line, past the village of Balls Green (stop sniggering).
Newton's Hill About 2.59 km (~1.61 miles) from
OS Grid TQ474354
The path heads past Hartfield. This area is where A A Milne and the young Christopher Robin lived. Head past the village and take the bridleway heading south to Newton's Hill.
Pooh Sticks Bridge About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
OS Grid TQ470338
The path heads south to the famous bridge, where Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet played Pooh Sticks and Eeyore floated past. Go on, have a game yourself!
Chuck Hatch About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid TQ476334
Cross the road and enter Five Hundred Acre Wood, renamed as Hundred Acre Wood in the Pooh books.
Fisher's Gate About 1.38 km (~0.86 miles) from
OS Grid TQ490335
Skirt along the northern end of the woods to Fisher's Gate.
Friar's Gate About 0.62 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid TQ495332
Continue down to Friar's Gate on the road.
Littlebrook About 1.64 km (~1.02 miles) from
OS Grid TQ510338
A short section of road then back onto paths towards Littlebrook.
High Weald Landscape Trail About 1.81 km (~1.12 miles) from
OS Grid TQ527345
Not the catchiest name for a long-distance path, but it will lead you back to Eridge Station.
Eridge Station About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
OS Grid TQ542344
Finish up at Eridge. The Huntsman pub is handily located just next door.

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