Monday 6th May
Meeting point: King’s Standing Clump car park
Join us as we explore the Ashdown Forest; home to Winnie the Pooh. We start at King’s Standing Clump car park next to the junction of the B2026 and B2188 and the closest postcode is TN6 1XE. From here we will head north and then down into the 500 Acre Wood. We will then take the Wealdway and then turn off towards Hartfield and our first stop. After about 5 miles we will stop and for a drink and cake at the Winnie the Pooh Café. We will then take the High Weald Landscape Trail over to Ashurst Wood and have our drink stop at the Maypole Inn. We will have our picnic lunch a short walk after the pub stop. After lunch we join up with the Forest Way, which is a disused railway and then we continue south and down to Pooh Sticks Bridge for a short break and a game of Pooh Sticks. Then we walk up on to open land and onto the Memorial to A.A. Milne at Gils Lap view point, then back to the car park.
After the walk we will be heading to The Crow and Gate Inn (Uckfield Rd, Crowborough TN6 3TA) for a drink and food if anyone is interested. The pub is about 2.5 miles south of the walk start/finish carpark.
There are several car parks a short walk from the one we will be starting at and the Ashdown Forest Riding Centre is just to the north and Sussex Police Training Centre is to the south just after the last car park. If you drive down the B2026 you will see King’s Standing Clump car park on the left-hand side just after the junction with the B2188. Please note there are no toilets at the start.
Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.
Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.
Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.
All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.