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Forest Way (Sussex)

16 km / 10 miles

E Sussex
The Forest Way takes you deep into East Sussex countryside, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from East Grinstead, through Forest Row and Hartfield to Groombridge. Walk or ride the flat, tree-lined track as it winds through a peaceful, historic countryside of small fields and scattered farmsteads among wooded, rolling hills. For variety there are marked short linking loop trails off the main trail.

The Way lies in the floodplain of the River Medway below Ashdown Forest and surrounding areas may be flooded.

The Way is based on the old railway line closed in the Beeching cuts in 1966. Ironically Beeching used the line as a commuter.

Much of the route coincides with the Sussex Border Path, except for the section near Balls Green where the Border Path leaves the old railway trackline.

Downloadable PDF leaflet available from website below.


Path Type
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Easy; Former Railway; Cycle Route
TQ394383 - East Grinstead, E Sussex
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TQ531371 - Groombridge, E Sussex
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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Route Profile:

16.6 Km (10.3 miles)
132 m (433 ft) ascent
135 m (443 ft)  maximum height