Bluebell Railway Walks
A selection of walks crossing the line
There is a good chance that you will get a really close view of a train on this walk as the footpath takes you within a few feet of the rails for some considerable way. The views are typical of the High Wield Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and at one point (on a clear day) you will be able to see the South Downs in the distance. A perfect combination of steam trains and countryside.
|OS Grid Ref||TQ 371 295|
|Post Code||RH17 7BB|
|1||Walk uphill and turn left over bridge|
|2||Turn right and follow path to railway|
|3||Follow path to level crossing|
|4||Take footpath on left|
|5||Cross style and continue downhill across field to woods|
|7||Follow path uphill to road|
|9||As road turns sharp left take footpath straight ahead|
|10||Go around edge field to gate|
|11||Follow footpath to large building|
|12||Turn right along track|
|13||After track veers right look for gate in hedge on left|
|14||Cross in front of cricket pavilion|
|15||Go straight on under trees and take gate out to field|
|16||Turn right and follow footpath to road|
|17||Turn right then take footpath on left|
|18||Follow path down to footbridge|
|19||Climb steep hill|
|20||Cross path and continue to road|
|22||Take first left and return to car park|
At Horsted Keynes Railway car park, walk uphill and follow the path over the railway bridge. Looking south from the bridge you can see Horsted Keynes station (see picture). Over the bridge, turn right and follow the footpath until you reach the railway track again.
Turn left and follow the path along the railway. This is a great opportunity to see a working train really close as the path is only a few feet from the track.
The path continues for about 1/3 mile and there is plenty of opportunity to see a train anywhere along this stretch. If you do not see a train by the time you reach the end of this path it is worth waiting a little while for the experience.
At the end of the path there is a level crossing. At this point you will see the track disappearing under a bridge as it heads towards Sharpthorne. Turn left and follow the footpath to a style. Cross the style and head across the field to another style. Then go downhill to a style entering Hudds Wood.
The path takes you immediately down a number of steps to a wooden footbridge crossing a small stream. The path then winds its way through the trees, heading uphill and eventually emerging from woodland at a metal gate. Follow the footpath along the edge of the field to another style. Continue uphill until the slope starts to level out. Take a break towards the top of the hill and turn round to look at the view. You will see a typical English landscape across the High Weald.
The path eventually leads you to a road and ahead you will see the distinctive cylindrical shape of 18th century Highbrook Smokery. Passing houses on the left and All Saints Church to your right you will eventually meet Hammingden Lane.
Turn left onto the lane and continue past a red telephone box. As the road turns sharp left take the footpath immediately in front of you and cross the style. Turn right as soon as you can in to a small field though a gate. Walk around the edge of the field to the opposite corner. Go through another gate.
Follow the footpath to some large buildings at Brook House Farm. Turn right onto the tarmac track veering left past a barn. Then continue along a grassy track between two fields. Go through a gate and after a few yards keep to the left side of the field until you reach a kissing gate. Note at some times of year the kissing gate can be quite hidden and overgrown.
Go through the gate and follow the path past a cricket pavilion. Almost immediately you will see a footpath sign pointing towards another kissing gate in the fence under some trees. Take this gate and turn right following a path along the edge of a field planted with grape vines. Continue along this path until you eventually emerge on a road.
Turn right then take the footpath on the left. Follow the footpath signs through a garden leading downhill to a footbridge. Now cross the footbridge and head steeply uphill to another style where another path crosses. Go straight on and follow this path downhill to a road.
At the road turn left. Soon the road winds round to a bridge going under the Bluebell Railway. Continue along the road and turn left to Horsted Keynes Station. From here you can make your way back to car park.
As this walk is only 3 miles long it is ideal to combine with a trip on the Bluebell Railway. One option would be to park your car at Sheffield Park Station and get the train to Horsted Keynes, returning to Sheffield Park after your walk. Another option could be to catch a train to East Grinstead and back after your walk. Or perhaps just a platform ticket to explore Horsted Keynes station.