North Chailey Walk – July 2016
by Les Campbell
Enjoy this lovely 5 mile walk in North Chailey, taking in many different types of landscape along the way.
This 5 mile walk starts from Red House Common car park on Chailey Common, which is situated off Warrs Hill Road (Warrs Hill Lane on O/S maps!) off the A275. The walk includes woodland, field and riverside paths and two short stretches of Red House Common. The walk takes you close to the Bluebell Railway.
From the southern edge of the car park, go through a barrier and follow the obvious path parallel with Warrs Hill Road. At the bottom left hand corner, go through a gate and turn right down the road to the A275. Cross the A275 and take the signed tarmac track to Grassington Farm. The track passes between buildings, and at a pair of gates side step to your right, and go through a pedestrian gate.
Follow the track downhill through a chicken farm, and at the bottom, go over a stream then left on a signed path with houses on your right. The path bears right to go through a barrier and at a signpost go left through a gate beside a chalet bungalow. Pass through a stabling area and go through a pair of gates and follow a fenced path towards distant farm buildings. Note the letters GMT on the footpath sign. This denotes that you are on the Greenwich Meridian Trail which is a 275 mile long-distance walk from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Sand le Mere in East Yorkshire, following the line of the Prime Meridian.
At the farm buildings, turn left on a signed bridleway. Follow this attractive bridleway for just over ½ mile to the North Chailey-to-Fletching road. Turn right along this road for a similar distance, and just past the road junction, walk a few yards along Mill Lane, and take a signed path on your left between two houses. Follow this path downhill through Rotherfield Wood, ignoring all turnings off to your left and right. At the bottom of the wood, bear left through a boggy area and go over a stile.
The route ahead is through low lying meadows close to the River Ouse. The path is a little indistinct in places. After the second gate, veer slightly away from the wood and go through the right of two gates to a stile and a flight of steps to the A275 at Sheffield Bridge. Opposite is the entrance to Sheffield Park Station which is the southern terminus of the Bluebell Railway.
If not visiting this attraction turn left along the A275 and just past the entrance to the Bluebell Business Estate, cross the road, go up a bank, then left to walk parallel with the road. On reaching a surfaced track, turn right and follow this to Wapsbourne Farm. Turn left in front of the main house then left by a static caravan and right to join a wide track which becomes an attractive tree lined avenue. Ignore the path off to your left. At the end of the track, go through a gate and walk alongside a wood aiming for the right hand corner of protruding wood to your right.
Walk alongside Warr’s Wood and ignore crossing paths to a stile at the end of the wood. Go over this and follow a track uphill to Banks Road. Turn right along this road and at the road junction, go left uphill. Opposite the road, New Heritage Way, turn right onto a track signed to Broadwater House. Almost immediately, turn left through a gate and walk parallel with the road to the car park at the start of the walk.
- Distance: 5 Miles
- Stiles: 4
- Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer Map No. 135
- Parking: Red House Common
- Refreshments: None
- Public Transport: Sussex Bus route 31 from Haywards Heath to Chailey Crossroads