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Forest Way (Sussex)

E Sussex

16 km / 10 miles
The Forest Way takes you deep into East Sussex countryside, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from East Grinstead, through Forest Row and Hartfield to Groombridge. Walk or ride the flat, tree-lined track as it winds through a peaceful, historic countryside of small fields and scattered farmsteads among wooded, rolling hills. For variety there are marked short linking loop trails off the main trail.

The Way lies in the floodplain of the River Medway below Ashdown Forest and surrounding areas may be flooded.

The Way is based on the old railway line closed in the Beeching cuts in 1966. Ironically Beeching used the line as a commuter.

Much of the route coincides with the Sussex Border Path, except for the section near Balls Green where the Border Path leaves the old railway trackline.


Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Yes
Attributes: Easy
Former Railway
Cycle Route
Start: TQ394383 - East Grinstead, E Sussex View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ531371 - Groombridge, E Sussex View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Annierak - Forest Way [blog]


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 187, 188, 198
OS Landranger Active 187, 188, 198
OS Explorer 135, 147
OS Explorer Active 135, 147
Other Paper Maps:
Around & About
Forest Way: East Grinstead to Groombridge (Yellow Publications - 2023)

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Route Profile:

16.6 km (10.3 miles)
132 m (433 ft) ascent
135 m (443 ft)  maximum height

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