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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Saturday Walk – The High Weald and Bewl Water

Extra Walk 208c – Etchingham to Wadhurst, with a Bewl Water loop
Length: Around 18½ km (11.5 miles). Toughness: 5/10

10:15 Hastings train from Charing Cross (Waterloo East 10:18, London Bridge 10:23, Orpington 10:40), arriving Etchingham at 11:30. Buy a return to Etchingham.

Trains back from Wadhurst are at 29 & 59 minutes past the hour until 19:29, then hourly.

One of the first extra walks in the SWC repertoire included some attractive sections along the western side of Bewl Water and this walk extends that by approaching the reservoir from the south-east. You can choose whether to stick to the walk's main route and enjoy views of the water from the surrounding hills, or take one or two optional diversions down to its shoreline. As with all SWC walks you can decide for yourself what you want to do, but reading the notes I find option (c)'s “ideal way to visit the reservoir with a minimum of effort” particularly appealing, so I'll propose that as the basis for discussion.

In the morning you'll pass some refreshment places in the village of Ticehurst at around 1pm, but the notes urge you to keep going for another 15 minutes to the Bull Inn in Three Leg Cross: “very much the recommended pub stop for this walk”. Even if you take some detours in the afternoon you should reach Wadhurst's tearooms in good time (the Cottage Tea Room should stay open until 5pm), but in any case there are a couple of pubs as alternatives. As regulars will know it's a long way from the village to its station, but if you're pressed for time you can forego the pleasant back lane route and simply walk down the main road.

You'll need to download the directions from the Etchingham to Wadhurst walk page.


Margaret said...

I'm planning to do a circular from Wadhurst and will look out for the group at the lunchtime pub.

Bill S said...

n=16, including two late starters who caught up with us at the lunchtime pub. w=Mainly-dry-with-a-couple-of-sharp-showers-in-the-afternoon.