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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Third walk

SWC 222b Robertsbridge to Stonegate
Length: 18.5 km (11.5 miles). Toughness: 3/10

Catch the 9:18 from London Cannon Street (London Bridge 9:22) arrives Robertsbridge 10:34.

The headline walk was originally planned to be 222a Robertsbridge to Battle. However there are engineering works past Robertsbridge, necessitating a rail replacement bus journey from Battle to Robertsbridge to connect with the train back to London. Even though the bus journey from Battle is less than 15 minutes, thought best to go for the Stonegate ending. If you're not too bothered with the bus journey then probably preferable to go for 222a, as Battle has plenty of tea places / pubs vs. the isolated station at Stonegate. So if undecided on the day, buy a day return to Battle to keep your options open.

Aside from the main headline walk, there are other options - all detailed below. For the Battle ending, buy a day return to Battle.

For the longer walk 222c it is recommended that you take some provisions just in case you are delayed and don't make it in time before they stop serving at 14:30 at The Ash Tree

[Link to zip file with gpx data for 222c]

All walk options are detailed below
#WalkDistance kmTo lunch kmTrainDirections required
222Robertsbridge Circular18.3N/A9:18 SWC Walk 222 pages 1-7
222aRobertsbridge to Battle19.7139:18 SWC Walk 222 pages 1-5,7 + SWC Walk 30 pages 3-5
222b Robertsbridge to Stonegate18.5139:18SWC Walk 222 pages 1-4, 7-9 + CW2 Walk 19 pages 4-7
222c Robertsbridge to Battle (long option) 34.522.58:18SWC Walk 222

Return bus from Battle to Robertsbridge
Station
Battlexx:22 xx:52 18:52 xx:52 until 21:52
Journey time less than 15 minutes, to connect with the Robertsbridge train.
Return trains
Station
Robertsbridge xx:14 xx:44 19:14 xx:14 until 22:14
Stonegate xx:23 xx:53 19:23 xx:23 until 22:23
T=swc.222.b

4 comments:

DAC said...

Intend going on the Robertsbridge to Battle walk via Brown Bread Street (222c) - catching the 8:18 train.

Paul A said...

Intend going on the extended walk 222c (catching the 8.18 train!) as this is probably the last chance for a good long walk this year. Will report on any otherworldly structures we come across.

Karen said...

n=4 w=overcast_and_a_little_humid_but_mostly_dry

Robertsbridge to Battle (long option, 34.5 km)

2 off the train at Robertsbridge, having traveled on the advertised 08:18 train from Cannon Street. 1 walker traveled on the service half an hour earlier, and another an hour and a half later. All managed to meet up at the Ash Tree Inn at Brown Bread Street, 22.5 km into the walk, and finished the walk together. Overcast in the morning and a little bit humid, but actually very lucky with the weather, with only about 2 minutes of rain as we put our boots back on after lunch. The sun attempted to break through in the late afternoon. A quick pace all day in order to get to Battle before it got dark.

Lots of ponds on this walk. And lots of animals - miniature goats, regular-sized goats, Belted Galloways, geese, sheep, squirrels. Hobbyist mycologists would have been pleased with the variety of fungi along the route. Nice autumn foliage. From Robertsbridge to Brown Bread Street, many of the stiles are in a poor state. The section from Brown Bread Street to Robertsbridge was very easy to navigate as it follows the well-signposted 1066 route.

1 walker had lunch at the Ash Tree Inn, the rest had snacks and sandwiches on the hoof, and a drink at the pub. Food reported to be good, but service a bit slow. Arriving at Battle, 1 went immediately for the 'train' (replacement bus) and remaining 3 had a drink at the very nice Chequers Inn. Then onto the bus to Robertsbridge where we decided to have dinner at the Ostrich Hotel next to the station. Plain fare but tasty, cheap and very cozy, friendly staff. Took the 21:14 back to London.

David Colver said...

About n=7 in the 9:18 train contingent, going from Robertsbridge to Stonegate.

Satisfactory lunch in the Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald, which was reached at about 1410. The rather long morning, some very high stiles, and mud, modest by winter standards but slightly surprising at this time of year, made the walk feel something of a route march and seem rather longer than the 11-12 miles advertised.

w=Humid_in_the_morning_leading_to_rain_for_about_half_an_hour_after_lunch_then_clear.