Ewhurst Green to Rye

Frewen College © Oast House Archive
Misty morning on the Rother Levels © Ronald G Nash
Land Gate, Rye © Chris Whippet

A series of attractive field paths, now in much better shape than when the Sussex Border Path was first established in the early 1980s. The last six miles follow the Rother river bank and present no difficulties.

This is a trail in the Sussex Border Path collection of trails. Together they describe the full length of this long distance footpath.

On reaching the road at The Moor (GR 756296), turn right and almost immediately left. Cross next road and follow road opposite, leaving Hawkhurst Parish Church on right. At next road, go straight across and follow Stream Lane. After about half a mile, opposite a bungalow called 'Thainstone' on left, fork right along access drive which beyond converted oast (East Heath) on right becomes green lane. Follow this old road for half a mile, mostly well defined between banks except final section which climbs along right field edge to join road. Turn left along road and, in under 100 yards, where road bends left, keep right along metalled access drive. Go straight through buildings at 'Conghurst' and continue on unmade track. In 350 yards, about 150 yards short of bottom of hill, turn right along headland track with hedge on left. Where hedge ends, cross causeway and footbridge and climb with wood on right following path round to left with post and rail fence on right. Just short of buildings, turn left along track and after 100 yards, fork right along wide grassy path which descends into valley, climbs between hedges and feeds into farm track. At farm go ahead through metal swing gate and follow access drive serving several properties for half a mile out to lane. Turn right and, after 10 yards, go left through gate and diagonally up across middle of field, aiming for prominent oak tree on skyline. Go over stile next to tree and left along left field edge to second stile. Go forward for 40 yards then half right up steep bank. Go over stile in crossing fence and up across grass. Join track, bear left for 20 yards, then right, joining and following fence, keeping it on right. Feed into enclosed path, then over stile into Bodiam Castle grounds.

Walk through castle grounds and out to road through car park (GR 783254). Turn left over river bridge. After 50 yards, turn left over stile, bear left to join and follow raised river bank. After 250 yards, turn right away from river along near Kent and East Sussex Railwayside of ditch (the first one you come to). On reaching Kent and East Sussex Railway, recently re-opened to Bodiam, turn right along field edge until you can cross railway using two stiles. Turn left over third stile, bear right, passing to right of barn, then over footbridge and along right field edge. In corner, cross second footbridge, bear half left across field corner to stile, then trend left to join and follow left field edge uphill. Go over stile beside gate, forward for 100 yards along left edge of second field, then left over stile, through belt of woodland and out into field through swing gate. Turn right and follow right field edge up to join road at GR 793244. Turn left into Ewhurst Green.

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