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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 15: Etchingham to Burwash Common

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 15: Etchingham to Burwash Common is a 10.3 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Etchingham, East Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

10.3 km
267 m
Point to Point


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

IMPORTANT NOTE: This linear walk uses a bus journey for the return leg which runs Mon-Fri ONLY. At weekends you will need to use taxis or make other arrangements. A linear walk from Etchingham rail station to Burwash Common forming the 15th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route, entirely within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, includes two charming rural villages. Burwash is steeped in history having been the heart of the Wealden iron industry, a notorious route for highwaymen and the home of author, Rudyard Kipling (1902 - 1936) at Bateman's. Etchingham was a manor long before the Norman Conquest and has a fine 14th century parish church, a community shop and a butchers (Jarvis & Sons), that has been a family business since 1870. The hospices of Sussex are dedicated to providing specialist end-of-life care. Friends of Sussex Hospices has worked with partners and supporters to create the Sussex Hospices Trail, a 200 mile long-distance path to support and raise awareness of the twelve hospice care providers that serve the adults and children of Sussex. The route criss-crosses the course of the River Dudwell and winds across gentle meadows and farmland, the easy footpaths and bridleways often being shared with large herds of dairy cattle and horses (these all remained calm when we walked through). There is a variety of stiles and footbridges but three of the stiles are entirely enclosed so dogs would need a lift over (this situation is being addressed and may improve over time - please let us know so that we update the details). Be prepared for boggy areas of ground in winter, especially around Bateman's Mill Pond. Allow 4 hours. There is excellent hospitality en route with breakfast and lunch being served at the Bistro at the station in Etchingham on weekdays (restricted hours at weekends). Two pubs can be found in Burwash, the historic Rose and Crown and the more modern Bear Inn, both are open all day and offer both snacks and meals. Bateman's Mulberry Tearoom is available to National Trust members between March and October.

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