Exploring Ashdown Forest

Submitted by Timwoods on 24 September 2008
OS Explorer Map: 135 - Ashdown Forest
 
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A linear, full-day countryside walk in England starting at Groombridge Station, East Sussex, about 18km (roughly 11 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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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.

Start: Groombridge Station, OS Grid: TQ532371
End: Tunbridge Wells, OS Grid: TQ542344
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 133m (439ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 256m (841ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 122m (402ft)
Max. Elevation: 120m (393ft)

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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.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: TQ498364
The Sussex Border Path heads west along the disused railway line, past the village of Balls Green (stop sniggering).
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 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.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 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!
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: TQ476334
Cross the road and enter Five Hundred Acre Wood, renamed as Hundred Acre Wood in the Pooh books.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: TQ490335
Skirt along the northern end of the woods to Fisher's Gate.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: TQ495332
Continue down to Friar's Gate on the road.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 7 OS Grid: TQ510338
A short section of road then back onto paths towards Littlebrook.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 8 OS Grid: TQ527345
Not the catchiest name for a long-distance path, but it will lead you back to Eridge Station.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: TQ542344
Finish up at Eridge. The Huntsman pub is handily located just next door.
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