A circular, half-day countryside walk in England starting at Berwick Train Station, East Sussex, about 6km (roughly 4 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
A gentle walk around the Arlington reservoir and to Arlington Village starting and finishing at Berwick Railway Station and with the chance of a good pub stop at the Yew Tree Inn in Arlington.
Start: Berwick Train Station, OS Grid: TQ524067
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Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)Start: Berwick Train Station, OS Grid: TQ524067 Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 51m (167ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 103m (339ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 52m (172ft)
Max. Elevation: 30m (98ft)
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Come out of the train station and turn left, passing Berwick stores and then turn right to follow the path between Berwick Stores and the garage. Follow the path beside the house to the metal gate and pass through. Walk across the field, bearing slightly to the left to reach another gate beside the telegraph pole. Go through this one and then continue to follow the path across the field to another gate and small bridge.
After the footbridge the path continues along the edge of the field keeping the fence to your right. Follow the path up the hill and round to the right, keeping the fence on the right. You go through a gate and then along the edge of another field, still keeping the fence to your right until you reach another gate onto a surfaced driveway.
Turn left onto the surfaced driveway and continue until you reach a junction where you can see the entrance to the South East Water reservoir site to your right and a sign for the circular walk to your left. Turn right here and go through the gate to start the walk along the Dam Wall path.
To the right of the gate into the wooded area is a stile into a field. Take the stile and once in the field follow the path as it bears to teh right. The path goes over a small wooden footbridge over a ditch and then a larger metal footbridge gated at each end over the Cuckmere river. Cross the bridges.
After crossing the river turn left on to the Weald way heading towards Arlington village. The path takes you to another footbridge almost immediately. Cross this and in the next field the path splits. Take the path that bears to the left at the fork and head towards the gate to the church yard. Enter the churchyard. This is St pancras Church in Arlington Village. Go through the churchyard to the front gate onto the road and then continue straight on into the village. The pub, "The Yew Tree Inn", is a good place to stop for a drink or spot of lunch.
Once refreshed at the pub, go back to the church gate where you will see a sign for the Weald Way pointing to your right. Follow this sign back into the churchyard and round to where the path goes into the trees and across a footbridge before emerging into a field. At this point there are two paths available. The one bearing to the right heads towards Michelham - ignore this one. The one bearing slightly left is the Weald Way - follow this path and eventually you reach a stile which takes you to a T-junction of paths.
At this junction turn left, which is signposted as the Weald way. Follow this a short way over a footbridge and then your reach another junction of paths. The Weald Way turns right at this point and another footpath goes to the left but we want to take the byway which is straight ahead. Follow this until you reach an unsurfaced track which will be at Sessingham farm.
Cross the unsurfaced track and follow the path along the edge of the field, keeping the fence to your right. Do not cross any stiles, just keep following the path round the edge of the field. You will pass under two sets of electricity cables and then as you head up the hill you will reach the edge of a wooded area. This is once again the nature reserve at the reservoir and as you follow the path you re-enter South east water land. Keep following this path until the path divides.
As the path divides, take the left hand path which heads back down to the reservoir. You will reach a picnic area, car park and the fishing lodge.
Continue along the path around the reservoir, following the signs for the circular walk. You will reach Polhill's Farm with it's many signs warning you that it is private property. To the right of the entrance to the farm you will see a public bridleway signposted. Turn right onto this bridleway and this will take you round the farm and you will emerge back onto the path by the reservoir at the other entrance to the farm. Turn right here to continue along the reservoir-side path which will shortly take you back to the start of the Dam Wall path. From here, retrace your earlier route to return to Berwick station.