Vincent Hallett’s ramble round Weir Wooden Reservoir begins with fantastic perspectives over the Medway Valley from Stone Farm Rocks, a web page of particular clinical passion. The rocks have been shaped 135 million years in the past and are a part of a sandstone ridge between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells. Weir Wooden Reservoir used to be created in 1952 when the River Medway used to be dammed.
1. Stroll proper alongside Legsheath Lane from the automobile park to its junction with Grinstead Lane.
Flip proper and move Whillet’s Bridge.
Straight away ahead of passing the “Welcome to West Sussex” signal, go away the street at the left and use the permissive footpath thru a winery as much as Stone Farm Rocks.
Go out the web page of particular clinical passion by way of strolling east alongside a bridleway to achieve West Hoathly Street in 200 yards.
Stroll a couple of paces down the hill and pass left onto Admiral’s Bridge Street.
On the finish of the street, past a parking lot, sign up for the footpath that follows the reservoir’s north coastline.
There are a number of gates and stiles alongside the only and 1 / 4 miles miles to the dam.
On the three-quarter mile level is the Millennium Picnic Spot.
Forget about all footpaths and bridleways at the left.
2. When degree with the dam, undergo a gate at the proper and practice the Millennium Stroll down in entrance of the dam embankment that results in an get admission to street to water works at the left.
Move over the culverted sluice from the reservoir and proceed forward at the street for 600 yards.
Take the footpath at the proper that begins at the back of a belongings and proceed thru Brakey Shaw to a junction with a concrete farm street.
Flip proper and keep in this street forhalf a mile passing thru South Park Farm till the street ends at Spring Hill Farm.
3. Undergo a gate and proceed alongside a gravel pressure with The Rooster Barn at the proper.
In 50 yards the footpath turns proper over a stile and up a hill to a gate.
Right here a two-way finger submit issues the best way forward, over a forehead, round a clump of bushes in a hole and all the way down to a 2d gate.
At the different facet proceed down in the similar course to a steel farm gate that provides get admission to onto a footpath alongside a observe thru Alder Moors.
Flip left and at a pond a diversion will likely be vital to steer clear of a fallen tree.
Head out of the picket the usage of a gate and stroll up the hill to enroll in Legsheath Lane subsequent to Legsheath Cottages.
Flip proper and go back to the automobile park one mile from this level alongside the somewhat lane.
For protection causes stroll going through oncoming cars.
DISTANCE/TIME: 5 and 1 / 4 mile taking two and part hours.
BY CAR: Park within the Weir Wooden Reservoir Nature Reserve automobile park. No charge. Legsheath Lane off Grinstead Lane. RH19 4HP. TQ382341.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Rail: 3 Bridges and Bus: 84, no longer Sundays, Forestall; Blackland Farm, Metrobus. Stroll north on Grinstead Lane to enroll in the course in ½ mile at Whillet’s Bridge.
WHAT’S UNDERFOOT: There are two quick however steep hills in this course. The footpath that follows the north coastline is degree. The go back to the south of the reservoir is undulating. There are some stiles and 1 mile is alongside quiet Legsheath Lane. There’s a fallen tree on the pond ahead of getting into Alder Moors requiring a brief diversion.
THIRSTY WORK: There are not any refreshments on course. The Millennium Picnic Spot at the north coastline is a advised preventing level.
SO YOU DON’T GET LOST: OS Landranger 198. Explorer 135, Ashdown Woodland.