Jan
20

Highs and Lows in the High Weald (38910)

Event Overview

Wadhurst is a wealthy and attractive East Sussex satellite village to Tunbridge Wells, just over the county border in Kent. On the North side of the village, the land undulates a little but basically slopes down to the reservoir called Bewl Water. On the other side and not obvious to those driving through, the land plunges steeply into unexpectedly deep valleys and intermittent hills. This is where we shall go today.

The walk is an adaptation of one in the Walking World web site. Theirs is a short but very varied jaunt out of the village. Due to the fact that the station is down in dip which is reached by tunnel from the Rother V...

Wadhurst is a wealthy and attractive East Sussex satellite village to Tunbridge Wells, just over the county border in Kent. On the North side of the village, the land undulates a little but basically slopes down to the reservoir called Bewl Water. On the other side and not obvious to those driving through, the land plunges steeply into unexpectedly deep valleys and intermittent hills. This is where we shall go today.

The walk is an adaptation of one in the Walking World web site. Theirs is a short but very varied jaunt out of the village. Due to the fact that the station is down in dip which is reached by tunnel from the Rother Valley, we have to take a longer hike to get to our destination which, ultimately, is Wadhurst Deer Park.

There are some lovely place names on this walk. Lorien Arboretum, Best Beech Hill, Tidebrook, The Wilderness, Snape Wood and Rockrobin. Wadhurst Park is an estate owned by the people who invented Tetrapak and obviously made a lot of money out of that. A large area of their land is fenced to keep deer in, rather than out as others do and footpaths go through this land.

Although this is not a long walk, there are hardly any flat stretches, apart from a bit of road walking near the beginning and again near the end, in the village itself, but after the hills and valleys of the countryside we have traversed, the gentle but lengthy walk back to the station will seem easy, particularly as we will visit one of the village pubs on the way.

 

 

 

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What to bring

For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:

Boots:  Hiking boots  that  are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.

Socks:  Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.

Walking Trousers:  (ideally water resistant) will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet.  From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.

Waterproof Over-Trousers:  essential in any significant rainfall.  Breathable ones are best.

Layered clothing: allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt,  and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. 

Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather.  You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.

Hat: essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke. 

Gloves: essential in frosty weather.

Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.

Sunglassses: April- Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye

Water: even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.

Food: a packed lunch will be required unless otherwise stated. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.

Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these!

Food & Drink

Please bring a packed lunch and water and/or hot drinks to sustain you. There are no shops on the route.

 

Meeting & Times

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Is this your first ever event?

The idea of meeting up with a group of complete strangers to be taken for a long walk on an unknown route through unfamiliar countryside can be daunting for some, but hopefully the following helpful guideline will set your mind at rest:

http://outdoorlads.com/events/my-first-day-walk


Event Reference No:
38910