Wadhurst - Woods - Deer Park - Wadhurst

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If you wish to see deer in their natural environment then this is the walk for you. The setting in the deer-park and deer enclosure is superb and you are practically guaranteed to see herds of deer; if you are as lucky as we were when doing this walk, you will even see them in the woods.

Wadhurst is best described as a large Wealden village with an assortment of picturesque small shops, eateries and public houses, with tile-hung buildings down the main street. We found St Peter & St Paul's Church open on our visit and it is as impressive on the inside as it is outside, well worth seeing.

Iron ore was mined in Snape Wood and you will be walking part of this. A mine was opened in August 1857, long after all the Wealden furnaces had closed. The ore was sent to Staffordshire for smelting, but sadly it closed a year later in September 1858.

There were primroses in abundance in early April, with the promise of bluebells and other native wildflowers to come on most of the route of this walk, a nature-lover's delight.

England - South England - East Sussex - Common or Park


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
6/23/2017 - Chris Hutchins

23/06/2016 - Great walk and directions generally very easy to follow. The path from Point 5 is no longer guarded by a stile signed 11a, which confused us for a while. There is also no stile into the field on the right to ignore. You cross the stile marked "In Memory of Stan Cosham" and turn immediately right without even going as far as the drive. Follow the yellow waymark along the path enclosed between actual field boundary marked by a hedge and a wire fence beside it. One reason that this is particularly unclear is that the Public Right of Way printed on the 1:25k OS Map (which should go across the stile we are told to ignore) above is not visible on the ground and is blocked by a new wire fence. If you did follow it you would find yourself at the SW corner of the next field with no way to proceed but to climb the fence.

3/20/2016 - Sharon Foster

A great walk. The mapping was easy to follow and the dogs enjoyed it. Saw 5 stags and a doe in the deer park.

2/8/2011 - brian hobden

A fantastic walk, clear and easy to follow and some great views. Have walked it twice now and have some great photos. I would recommend this walk to anyone who wants a Sunday morning stroll, followed by a great lunch in one of the pubs in Wadhurst.

5/31/2009 - Jacki Stevenage

30/05/09 - Jacki Stevenage: A beautiful walk and easy to follow. Except Octagon Lodge on No. 13 in directions is now called Coombehurst Lodge. We loved this walk and will definitely be doing it again. Thank you so much!

3/23/2009 - john moore

What an absolutely lovely walk. Completed this walk on mothering sunday in beautiful sunshine. I hope all your other walks are as good, can't wait to get started. 23/03/09- John Moore

5/6/2006 - Jeremy Moon

It was a real pleasure doing this walk. Wonderful views beautiful Sussex countryside. We did this walk first week in May lucky enough to see a bluebell wood in full bloom there’s even a old tree trunk ideally placed to sit on to take in the heady smell of bluebells lovely. Once again the directions are spot on another well directed and planed out walk by Alan and Janet Love .

10/2/2005 - Gerry Cooper

A great walk very picturesque!

10/2/2005 - Gerry Cooper

A footpath has been re directed, as you come out of the drive to Wenbans go straight across the lane and follow path through woods to lane to rejoin walk. Do not turn right at end of Wenbans Drive as path by tile hung cottage has been diverted.

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