Ardingly Reservoir - Wakehurst Place - Ardingly

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Ardingly, pronounced 'Arding-lye', straddles the B2028 road running north / south from Lindfield to Turner's Hill and is home to the famous co-educational independent Ardingly College, a beautiful building we pass on the way to the reservoir. Our walk starts from the reservoir, which lies just outside the village and has ample public parking. We go through lovely West Sussex countryside, passing Balcombe Mill and lake to enter the grounds of Wakehurst Place (but not a visit unless this is paid for separately or by using a National Trust card, see Waymarks 17 and 18). We walk through the enclosed path of Havelock Farm and its deer herd before continuing out to the road through the drive at Wakehurst Place. Our return is equally enjoyable, passing through a superb wooded valley, woods and countryside, to arrive at Ardingly Village and finally the reservoir.

You can link this walk to walk ID 3655.

England - South England - West Sussex - Countryside

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Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Lake/Loch, National Trust, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
22/07/2013 - Jill Stacey

We have just returned from doing this walk on a lovely if very hot day. We started from Wakehurst Place and enjoyed a well-earned ice cream there on our return. The scenery was varied and lovely and the directions clear. All in all a wonderful walk.

21/07/2013 - Alan Sturges

Superb walk. Walked from Wakehurst Place, National Trust. A little gem to do again.

29/04/2011 - Andy McTaggart

This walk is an absolute stunner which ticks all the boxes, with something for everyone. There are some stunning Blue Bell displays along the way in Late April and Early May. At Waymark 9 you may also pop into Balcombe village for a bite to eat and a pint at the very friendly and welcoming Half Moon Pub. Thereafter it is very simple to rejoin the walk and to enjoy some splendid vistas, woodland, downland and Red Deer along the way, plus an added bonus of exploring the Millennium Seed Bank. The final leg of the walk offers some stunning views of The Reservoir. A Big Thank You & Well Done to Alan Love Andy McTaggart

28/12/2008 - Barry Rossiter

Excellent instructions - muddy in places, but no problem with good boots. Just under four hours. Well worth doing!

09/04/2007 - Stephen Harris

Yet another classic from Alan & Janet Love. Thoroughly enjoyable walk with great variety and some interesting features along the way. The ground is now firm again (April 2007) and we had no problems with any mud at all. Views are great, distance is about right and the reservoir is very beautiful (especially when viewed towaards the end of the walk). The wooded Ghyll sections were most satisfying. Well done, and a full 10 out of 10.

29/08/2005 - Ian Fairnie

Lovely walk with varied scenery from open views to heavy woodland. Nothing strenuous at all. The directions are all spot on - even the warning about the muddy stretches although it's nothing that a decent pair of walking shoes can't cope with. Walk done 25/08/05 - tons of blackberries everywhere. IanF

08/08/2005 - Ian Runcie

Take note of the closing times at Ardingly reservoir car park. Tarry too long in an Ardingly pub and your car could be shut up for the night.

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