Felbridge Walk – June 2016
by Les Campbell
A lovely 4 mile circular walk around the lakes and forests of Felbridge, and although mostly in West Sussex, the start and finish are in fact in the neighbouring county of Surrey so passports at the ready!
This 4 mile walk starts and finishes from the small parking area beside Hedgecourt Lake at the end of Mill Lane, Felbridge. Mill Lane is approximately ½ mile to the west of the A22/A264 junction in Felbridge, and is on the north side of the A264. It is a varied walk through pleasant countryside and includes two lakes which are no doubt relics of the Wealden iron industry which once flourished in this area. When the recce was done in spring, some of the paths were very muddy so please be prepared.
From the car park, walk back along the lane towards the A264, and just past the end of the lake, take a signed path on your right beside a red dog bin. The path is confined, and bears left to join the A264. Cross the road with care to the opposite pavement and turn right for about 100 yards. Just before Doves Barn Nursery, go left on a surfaced track signed to Michaelmas Farm. Where the track bears right to farm buildings, go over a stile and follow a right hand field edge to another stile. Go over this stile and continue along a right hand field edge to join the Crawley Down to Felbridge Road.
Turn right along the road for a few yards, and at a signed path, go right over a low stile. Go over another stile, to follow a thinly defined path alongside a line of trees towards a house. Go round the house and turn right to a gate and the road through Furnace Wood. Turn left and walk through this peaceful residential area. Where the road bears sharp right by a three-way signpost, carry on ahead downhill to walk along the top of Furnace Pond. Climb uphill away from Furnace Pond ignoring a path off to your right. Where the path bears left maintain direction ahead to go through a pair of kissing gates and into a field. Cross a stream at the bottom of the field, then go uphill on an obvious path beside woodland. At the end of the wood, the path bears right and crosses a series of plank bridges to join a drive close to a house. Follow the drive out to the A264.
Cross the A264, and follow a narrow confined path beside a high fence. Follow this obvious path through kissing gates to join a tarmac drive leading out to the B2037. Cross the B2037, and take the signed path opposite which follows a surfaced road through the Domewood Estate. After about ¼ mile, on this road turn right into New Domewood.
The road bears right and shortly you should go left into Heron’s Close. In a few yards, just before a pair of iron gates, look for a narrow signed path on your left between a wall and a fence. The path bears right through soon joins a path coming in from your left. Follow the obvious path ahead ignoring all turnings off to your left and right. Pass the Yacht Club HQ and walk alongside the northern shore of Hedgecourt Lake. The path bears left and then right through a gap to skirt the buildings at Hedgecourt. On reaching a lane, turn right for the car park.
Hedgecourt Lake is an ancient mill pond and is about ½ mile long and is a habitat for various species of insects and for breeding birds. It is a popular place for fishing and sailing.
- Distance: 4 miles
- Stiles: Several
- Maps: Ordnance Survey Explorer No. 135 & 146
- Parking: Rough parking area by Hedgecourt Lake
- Refreshments: None
- Public Transport: None
We are very grateful to Les Campbell for bringing us new and exciting local walks every month. A founder member and former Chairman of the Mid Sussex Ramblers, he is a very experienced and enthusiastic walker indeed. Les insists on testing all routes personally, making sure they are suitable for walking. However, even he cannot guarantee the effects of the weather, or roadworks, or any other factors outside of his control. If you would like to send your feedback about a local walk, please email firstname.lastname@example.org