Local Walks


Find out about GREAT WALKS planned as part of the High Weald Walking Festival from 15 to 23 September. No need to book - just turn up in good time. Click here for details.

Recently THE GUARDIAN newspaper included a Burwash route in a list of outstanding winter walks. Here it is:

Start & finish The Wheel Inn, Burwash Weald
Distance/time 7 miles/4 hours

Setting off from the Wheel Inn in Burwash Weald, this circular walk takes you eastwards along a ridge-top bridleway. Mossy banks are smattered with puffball mushrooms in winter, and to the side the land sweeps down into a mosaic of coppice-edged pastures originally cleared by the smallholders who drove their pigs down from the flanks of the South Downs to feast on acorns in autumn.

This seasonal migration created the distinctive Wealden small fields, scattered settlements and sunken, narrow droveways lined with banks that brim with wildflowers in summer.

Cross into an orchard of low-boughed, gnarly apple trees and walk past an excellent Heath Robinsonesque treehouse. At the end of the field, stop on the footbridge for a quick game of Pooh sticks (the nearby Ashdown Forest inspired Milne’s books) before coming up into the pretty village of Burwash. The Bear Inn is a good pit stop.

From Burwash, the walk heads downhill across more fields and past one of the many local ponds, relics of the region’s ironworking history, which shaped the landscape for 2,000 years. Iron was extracted from the sandstone and smelted in bloomery furnaces fuelled by wood the surrounding coppices.

Pass the impressive Bateman’s, once home to Rudyard Kipling, before circling a mill pond and entering a muddy valley, or gill. Clearing the boggy riverside and crossing several fields, the path climbs up into a larger area of ancient woodland, where you might spot deer. 

The final leg crosses a small gill river with vivid rusty sandstone rocks, and the leads back up to the Wheel Inn. 
Lulah Ellender, author of Elisabeth’s Lists

We have miles of footpaths and bridle ways in the Parish and all will take you through beautiful, rolling countryside. 

Popular Walks

  • One of the most popular walks in the area is the seven-mile Burwash Walk. Printed copies of the walk are available from East Sussex County Council and Burwash Post Office,  or download the brochure on Burwash walk.
  • A local walk was featured in the Daily Telegraph in October 2010. The route travels across National Trust Land around Bateman's, and explores the countryside that influenced Rudyard Kipling to write Rewards and Fairies and poems such as Puck of Pook's Hill. Click here to see the route.
  • You can see more walks starting from Burwash at burwashwalks.co

More local walks can be found on the Walking World or via the Walk4Life site:  http://www.walk4life.info

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has released digital maps of rights of way in the County. Click here for the link to the ESCC website - just enter your point of interest.

For those who want to keep up their 10,000 healthy steps a day - Click here to find a locally-produced map with step-counted village-based walks around the parish.

Accompanied walks

Local residents and visitors are welcome to join either or both of the two organised walking groups in the community organised by Roger Cloke and Ijon Jenner.


Walks for Strollers around Burwash

For more details please contact Ijon Jenner 01435 882 045   ijonejenner@gmail.com

On the first Wednesday of each month, Ijon plans a walk around our countryside for anyone who would like to come along. These walks are gentle strolls for those who like to take time to enjoy our beautiful countryside at a leisurely pace. The strollers usually meet at the Bear Car Park at 9 a.m. and are home before lunchtime.

It is worth checking  with Ijon if you are new to the group or haven't been for a while, as the meeting-point occasionally shifts to The Pavilion car park in Burwash Common.

Parish Boundary Walk

For more details please contact Roger Cloke 01435 884 312   rogercloke@hotmail.com

On the third Monday of every month (not December) the walkers set off at a gentle pace for six miles or so. They meet at The Bear Car Park at 9.00am and aim to be back around 12.00 noon.


The condition of local footpaths

The maintenance of footpaths is the responsibility of East Sussex County Council. However Burwash Parish Council would like to know if the footpaths, bridges or stiles in our area are blocked or damaged or have problems which prevent their use. If you come across a problem, please send the location and details to ijonejenner@gmail.com. If you have a phone or digital camera, a photo would be useful. We will then pass the details on to the County Council.