Robust Rambles

Dymchurch to Didcot Robust Ramble

Section 17 Out

High Hurstwood to Nutley

Walk Details
Map OS Explorer 135 Ashdown Forest
Distance 5 miles/ 3 hours
Start The Maypole in High Hurstwood, ask about parking.
Comment Increasingly wooded and steep countryside with sandy heathland.
Walk Instructions

With ‘The Maypole’ pub on the right, walk uphill with a playing field on the right. Pass a side road on the left and soon reach a Y-fork. Bear right, uphill, for ¼ mile. Just past a farm entrance on the left, look for a gap in the holly hedge on the left. Go through a swing gate into an area of scrub (this path is part of the Vanguard Way). Follow this pleasant path as it passes through woods then continues on across a field towards a church. Exit onto the church drive and turn left down to a road.

Turn right on the road for a few paces then almost immediately turn left through a swing gate into a secluded wood path (no longer on Vanguard Way). Cross a footbridge at the bottom and exit the field through swing gate into a rising field. Go straight up the slope to follow a line of solitary trees to a swing gate in the far hedge. Keep forward with a hedge on the right. At the top corner of the field emerge onto a road and turn right for ½ mile.

On reaching a junction with a main road turn right for a few paces then turn left to cross the road and go down a side road called Oldlands Hill. Follow this for ½ mile. Pass Oldlands Farm on the right and at the bottom of the hill ford a stream. Continue on up the road until it makes a sharp left turn by a white weatherboarded house. Pass the entrance gates to Oldlands Hall and turn right.

Pass the white house on the left and soon reach a junction of ways. Turn left on a feint, grassy footpath passing outbuildings on the left into an area of bushes (this path is part of the Wealdway). Keep forward a short way to reach a broad cross track. Ignore the Wealdway which crosses straight ahead. Turn left on the broad track down to cross a bridge, then keep forward steeply uphill for ½ mile ignoring all side tracks to eventually reach a main road.

Cross and go forward over a cattle grid and down a gravel vehicle track. Keep on for some way, down, then up to emerge at a clearing by farm buildings on the left. Go forward and at a Y-fork keep left, basically straight on, downhill on a broad sandy track. At the bottom cross two footbridges, and go on up a broad rutted way into open heathland.

At the top go forward, ignoring a track off right. Drop down into a ravine and cross a small stream at the bottom. Go on up again by trees on the left. In 100 metres, where slope becomes less steep, look for a short path off left through the trees to a rough vehicle drive. Turn right on this drive.

Where the drive bends right uphill, go left through a cottage gateway (there were eggs for sale) into a grassy area. Turn right along the top edge to a barrier of poles at the end. Go through these onto open heathland with Nutley on the hill ahead. Go straight forward across the heathland and down into a valley. Cross a stream and go on steeply uphill, keeping on the main track.

Ignore side tracks until reaching a Y-fork at the top of the hill. Go left here for a short way to meet a drive. Cross straight over and soon pass cottages on the left. At the end of buildings go forward on an enclosed path between garden fences. This soon becomes a road. Keep on uphill through houses to eventually meet a main road.

Turn left past the village shop and keep on down the main road for 150 metres to reach the ‘Nutley Arms’ and the end of the section.