Running from East Grinstead to Groombridge, the Forest Way is a shared-use path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Part of the Downs and Weald cycle route, this tree-lined path takes you through the heart of the East Sussex countryside, through small fields and farms among wooded, rolling hills.
The area is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides an important habitat for wildlife. As you travel along the route try and spot dragonflies, newts, toads and frogs. You might also be lucky enough to see swallows, badger tracks, deer and foxes amongst the fields and woodlands. The route also passes the village of Hartfield which was the setting for the much-loved AA Milne tale Winnie the Pooh.
This 10-mile route follows a disused railway line and is flat and traffic-free, making it the perfect day out for families or less experienced cyclists. There are seats and picnic benches along the entire route.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.