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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Sunday Walk: Balcombe to East Grinstead - Gentle wooded hills, Wakehurst Place

17.2km (10.7 miles),
Difficulty 6/10
The star attractions on this rarely posted walk are the gardens and Tudor mansion at Wakehurst Place (a rural outpost of Kew’s Botanic Gardens). We go through on a public footpath. (For a proper visit, you'd need a ticket - £13.95, free for NT and RBS members).
Then we’re off, through woods to the Norman church, Priest House Museum (Admission £5), and  lunchtime pub in West Hoathly, the second highest point in Sussex.
After lunch, more woods, then the nature reserve at Weir Wood Reservoir (home to great crested grebe, heron and osprey).
Get the 9:41 Brighton train from London Bridge (East Croydon 9:55) to Balcombe arr 10:28
Trains return from East Grinstead, xx:12 and xx:42.
The stations are on different lines The safest option is two singles. A Thameslink single from London Bridge to Balcombe plus a single from East Grinstead to Victoria (or East Croydon if getting off there). Although it's tempting to just get a Balcombe return, this is unlikely to get you through the barrier at East Grinstead (see notes).
The Seed Café at Wakehurst Place or the Cat Inn (tel 01342 810 369) in West Hoathly (phone ahead with numbers).
The suggested tea stop is The Old Dunnings Mill pub (tel 01342 821 080), about 2km before the end of the walk. Allow 30 minutes from here to reach the station.
Directions here. The steps near the start (paragraph 2) are slippery when wet. Take a victim's advice and hold the handrail.

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