|The whole route (excluding Mid Sussex Link)|
|"Are you coming?" asks Poppy|
|Approaching the A264|
The main road here was quite narrow, with no pavements, but fortunately there were some roadworks with traffic lights in place, meaning we only had to look for traffic in one direction at a time. We turned left and after about 50m, right along a footpath, and down through an old landfill site to Blackhatch Wood. There had been some landscaping and earth moving here, so it wasn’t quite as ugly as it sounds.
|Crossing the landscaped landfill site|
|Entering Blackhatch Wood|
|Entering the sheep field|
|Spring flowers in Blockfield Wood|
Leaving the field, we followed a track through woodland (where Zuka had a dip) to Old Surrey Hall, a magnificent timber framed building, possibly 15th century. During WW2 the then owners, Colonel & Mrs Anderson chose to turn it into a maternity home, rather than have it requisitioned by the army.
|Old Surrey Hall|
|Our route by the Coach House|
|Contented cows and calves|
|Views to the Greensand Ridge|
|Keep your dog on a lead?!|
We turned right along the drive for a few hundred metres, and at the bottom of a dip, crossed a stile on the left and followed the edge of a field to a further stile on the right. We continued uphill, emerging on a narrow path next to fields containing Thoroughbred foals. The path took us through Old Lodge Farm (stud) to a private road, where we turned right.
|Thoroughbred foals at Old Lodge|
|The drive between Old Lodge and Dryhill farms|
|Lots of bridleway markers, but the SBP ones have disappeared|
|..... the view to the north|
At a gate, we crossed a field to it’s opposite corner and continued along the edge of the next field. At a junction of paths, we initially thought our route was to a gateway on our right, but in fact we had to cross the track and enter a small piece of woodland we crossed a track and took a path into the corner of Liveroxhill Wood.
|Distant (almost invisible) sheep|
|"Come on girls, it's easier through the gate"|
|View towards Cowden|
|The dogs take the lead over a narrow bridge|
|Nice show of daffs by the pond|
|Unusual stained glass windows|
We crossed a lane, and continued downhill beside a field before following the edge of a golf course. Crossing a stream on a smart new wooden bridge, we turned sharp left to continue though the golf course on a grassy path towards a stile. Our route took us across a field of sheep and below the attractive Sussex House Farm, then turned left to cross the stream by a farm bridge.
|Sussex House Farm with pond in foreground|
|... now with the stream on our right|
|Attractive stone road bridge|
|Kent/East Sussex boundary on the B2026|
|Waymark on the bridge|
|.... ignoring the 2nd identical bridge|
Below Moat Farm we crossed a metal bridge, and bore left and right to continue without crossing a second identical bridge. We continued eastwards with the stream now on our left, and then down a narrow path between hedge and wire fence. Reaching a railway bridge, we passed under it and turned half-right to cross a field towards a bend in the stream. This field was ploughed, but fortunately the farmer had reinstated the path with his tractor.
|Under the railway bridge|
|Poppy on the reinstated path across plough|
|Fortunately NOT our route|
|Walking the plank|
|Hobbs Hill Farm|
|Negotiating one of the tricky bridges|
At the road we turned right and almost immediately left, continuing to follow the stream on our right, with a golf course on the opposite bank. Crossing a corner of the golf course, we continued through a couple more fields, keeping close to the stream.
|Quirky statue at the farm|
|... but not today!|
|Cows looking forward to some spring turnout|
|Pond after Willett's Farm (we should have passed to its left)|
|View south east towards the River Medway|
Bearing right round a wood, we soon reached the banks of the River Medway. As is very common along this river, there were a number of WW2 pill boxes. We followed the path, initially between the river and a wood, and then between the river and a railway, bearing right to pass under the bridge, and soon reaching the A264.
|Wood anenomes by the River Medway|
|Linkhorns - note wonky chimney|
|Young lamb at Jessop's Farm|
|Once of the few hills of the day|
Past the farm buildings, the route briefly turned east (left) again, with a pull up a track which was probably the hilliest bit of the entire walk. At the top, we turned right and descended on a track and then at the edge of a field, until we reached a finger post. Poppy & Zuka ran ahead to say hello to a couple of golden retrievers.
|Colourful railway bridge|
|Poppy on the Weald Way bridge (she didn't read the sign)|
|Looking back as we near the end of our walk|