Bluebell Railway Walks
A selection of walks crossing the line
With two places to see trains, a National Trust property, fine views of the Weirwood Reservoir and the Kingscote Estate wine shop half way round there is something to interest everyone on this walk.
|OS Grid Ref||TQ 387 359|
|Post Code||RH19 4NE|
|1||Walk through woods towards Standen|
|2||Take main footpath on right|
|3||Go through kissing gate|
|4||Enter woods at far left hand corner of field|
|5||Go through gate|
|6||At fence turn right|
|7||At single track road turn right|
|8||T junction turn right|
|9||Take footpath on left by sandstone outcrop|
|10||Go through gate and cross field|
|12||Cross bridge and turn left|
|13||Go through gate|
|14||Climb bank and cross level crossing|
|15||Turn right along road|
|16||Take footpath on right|
|17||Go under railway bridge|
|18||Cross bridge and turn left|
|19||Walk along edge of field|
|20||Take footpath on left|
|21||Take footpath to right of track|
|22||Cross style into field|
|23||Go through gap in hedge on left|
|24||Cross field diagonally|
|25||Once in woods turn sharp left|
|26||Walk between netball/hockey pitches and sports hall|
|27||Turn right at end of last hockey pitch and leave sports club|
|28||At road, turn right onto footpath|
|29||After Saint Hill Manor, take footpath on left|
|30||Go straight on to end of rugby fields|
|31||Turn left on road|
|32||Turn right back to Standen|
As you drive along the track towards Standen you should see a car park on the right, through a gap in the hedge. Park here or, if you are a National Trust member, park in Standen car park and walk back to waypoint 2.
From the first car park, walk through the woods in the direction of Standen until you meet the road again and another footpath. Turn right onto a footpath, keeping a hedgerow on the left and open field on the right.
Go through a kissing gate and follow the path all the way along the left hand side of a field. Ignore any paths going off to the left or right.
The footpath dives into woodland and turns into a sunken path for a while. Keep going downhill, again ignoring all the paths going left or right. Go through a gate and continue downhill to a fence at the bottom of the hill. (There are good views across the Weirwood reservoir as you walk down the hill.)
Turn right at the fence and continue along this path keeping the fence on your left until you reach a single track road. The road to the left is now submerged under the reservoir, so turn right and head uphill along the road until you reach a T junction.
Turn right but be aware of traffic. This stretch of road is only very short but cars can appear very fast. Turn immediately left by a sandstone outcrop (towering above you) and follow the footpath.
The path takes you along the top of Stone Hill Rocks, a favourite place for climbers. After a while the path goes downhill and turns sharply to the right. Leave the path here and go through a gate into a field. Walk straight across the middle of the field. You should be pointing slightly to the left of an electricity pylon (seen in the middle distance) as you head downhill.
At the bottom of the hill you will reach a stream. Follow the stream, keeping it to your right, until you reach a bridge.
Cross the bridge and turn left. The path leads you over boggy ground towards the edge of the field. Go through a gate and walk through the woods until you find a steep railway bank. Cross the style and climb the bank towards the level crossing.
If you want to see a train here, it is safest to cross over the line first and wait at the other side. When you have finished here, continue down the bank, crossing the style at the bottom. Continue to a single track road. Turn right and walk along the road.Just after the road starts to go downhill, take the footpath on the right. Continue on this path all the way to the bottom, ignoring any paths that veer off to the right. At the bottom of the hill a single track road goes under the Bluebell Railway. This is a good place to wait for a train if you missed one at the level crossing. Now go under the bridge and continue on the level track between a number of ancient farm buildings and a wine shop selling produce from the Kingscote Estate.
Cross the bridge over a stream and take the path on the left. This path will soon carry you uphill on a path between the vines. When you emerge at a field, keep going and look out for a footpath on the left. Take the footpath into the woods.
Just before you reach a track, take the footpath to the right of it. The track soon veers left away from your footpath. Soon you will reach a style into Deers Leap Park. Head across the field to a gap in the hedge on your left.
Now go diagonally across the field and into woods again. Take the path on the left as soon as you enter the woods. After a long walk through the woods you will arrive at East Grinstead Sports Club. Walk between hockey pitches and sports centre buildings. At the last hockey pitch, swing right towards the sports club exit. At the road, turn right onto a footpath.
When the footpath ends, continue along the road, eventually passing the entrance to Saint Hill Manor. Take the next footpath on the left and proceed along a concrete track, passing cottages on the left and rugby fields on the right. When the track runs out, go all the way to the far end of the rugby field, ignoring a footpath going left.
Go past the pylon, festooned with mobile phone aerials, and turn left onto the road. Turn right on the single track drive towards Standen and walk back to the starting point.
If you are National Trust members, you could find refreshments in the coffee shop at Standen and perhaps spend the rest of your day looking around the house and gardens.