Bluebell Railway Walks
A selection of walks crossing the line
The author of this website has been a resident of East Grinstead for over 20 years. During this time he has become familiar with the local countryside and created many walks for sharing with his family and friends. The most enjoyable walks were always those that included an encounter with the Bluebell Railway and this series of walks has been produced so that anyone can enjoy the same paths.
The Bluebell Railway runs through the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This alone makes for enjoyable walking but the sight, sound and smell of steam trains adds a completely new dimension.
The deeply undulating nature of the landscape, its history and the density of historic properties (often hidden away) means there is always something around the next corner and the walks are frequently punctuated with surprise views.
All of the walks follow public rights of way. These include tracks, lanes, public footpaths, bridlepaths and roads. Road walking has been kept to a minimum though, except for the East Grinstead walk where roads are a key feature and where there are always pavements to keep you away from traffic.
There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way so don't forget your camera. Each page on the website shows what you might see and hovering your mouse over a photo will reveal a short description.
There is nothing worse than just missing a train as you approach one of the view points and so an estimate of when trains will arrive at each view point is provided to help you plan your walk. The times are based on the departure of each train published by the Bluebell Railway. Of course this relies on the steam trains leaving on schedule and it is recommended that you wait for 10 minutes or so after the published times, just in case.