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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Oh no, not another bluebell walk

Book 2 walk 18 - Wadhurst Circular
Length: 21.3km (13.2 miles) - according to the GPX file: distance given in the walk document is wrong!
Toughness: 7 out of 10 (again, the book is not correct!)

9.48 train from Cannon Street (9.53 London Bridge, 10.09 Orpington) to Wadhurst, arriving 10.47.

For walk directions click here - or bring book two, but the online directions are more up to date.

It is tough to pick a walk for this second (and possibly last) of the good bluebell weekends. So many contend for the honour, and some, alas, have already been snaffled by rival walking clubs.

This walk is a hoary old stalwart, but has not, if the database is correct, had an outing in its full form since the summer of 2013. The Where to Find Flowers page says it has good bluebell displays around Mayfield and I wrote that, so it must be correct.

The Weald is also a great place to be at this time in spring. This is a fairly woody walk (at times it feels like you are in one of those green jars used to grow ferns) so there is a good chance of other woodland flowers such as wild garlic. Verge flowers are usually also good in this part of the world. If anyone is interested there is also a very rare flower called coralroot (it looks like cuckoo flower, but has different leaves) which grows only here and in the Chilterns and should now be in flower.

Lunch (if anyone can think of such things amidst such floral splendour) seems to be at the Rose & Crown pub, though The Middle House has had its adherents in the past. For tea, if you get to the Wealden Wholefoods Cafe before it shuts at 4.30pm (last orders 4pm) you are a bit of a superperson, but you may just find the Cottage Tea Rooms open (shuts about 5pm or possibly after). Otherwise the Greyhound (not the White Hart as stated) is the best pub in Wadhurst for tea.

The walk from Wadhurst down the back lanes to the station is recommended and takes about 40-50 minutes. Going down the main road shaves 15 minutes off this but is much less pleasant.

Trains back from Wadhurst are at 29 and 59 past till 19.29 and then hourly at 29 past to 22.29


Anonymous said...

Saturday 9 May: Walk 1 = 7/10; Walk 2 = 7/10; Walk 3 = 10/10. Oh dear. Beyond me, I'm afraid.

Walker said...

The Lewes walk has three climbs up onto the downs - both fairly substantial, but not of long duration - and is otherwise quite flat, so I would not let the 7/10 rating put you off. Wadhurst is up and down, but never horrifically so.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Walker for your comment but you and the others have put the walks but this anonymous expects you to hold his/her hand as well
Anonymous it would be best if you did a little work for yourself