Forest Way

Route Details

  • From - to: East Grinstead to Groombridge, East Sussex
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Terrain: Disused railway path.  Some tarmac; majority is compacted gravel
  • Access: Various
  • National Cycle Network: Route 21

Route Description

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 route follows a disused railway line and is flat and traffic-free.

The area is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and provides an important habitat for wildlife.

The route also passes the village of Hartfield which was the setting for the much loved AA Milne tale ‘Winnie the Pooh'.

There are seats and picnic benches along the entire route. West of Hartfield, a restored pond has been allowed to naturally regenerate.

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.

More information on the Forest Way is available from the East Sussex County Council website.

Things to see and do

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Running from East Grinstead to Groombridge, the Forest Way is a shared-use path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. 

10 miles