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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 17: Heathfield to Uckfield

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Sussex Hospices Trail Part 17: Heathfield to Uckfield is a 16.3 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Heathfield, East Sussex, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
16.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
330 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

IMPORTANT NOTE: This linear walk uses a bus journey for the return leg which runs Mon-Fri ONLY. On weekends you will need to use taxis or make other arrangements. A linear walk from Heathfield to Uckfield rail station, forming the 17th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route encompasses sections of the Cuckoo Trail, the Vanguard Way and the Weald Way and includes broad-leaf woodlands, grazing pastures, streams, meadows and river banks with two short stretches of country lane, mainly within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The final section of this walk is through the Hempstead Meadow Nature Reserve following the banks of the river Uck. A boardwalk crosses the wet grassland that hosts an abundance of marshland plants and wildlife. 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 terrain is mainly flat with gentle inclines and one slightly steeper incline just before section 9. There are several gates and steps to negotiate plus a variety of stiles to cross (suitable throughout for medium sized dogs, but larger dogs may need a hand over some of them). You are likely to come across sheep and cattle in a few of the fields. (There is one field where the farmer has suffered a savage attack on his sheep and insists that all dogs must be on a lead or they could be shot. This field is well-signposted on the route). Some of the paths are little used and there are one or two muddy sections. You will need to cross a rail line at an unsignalled crossing so look and listen carefully for trains before you cross. Allow 5 hours. You can break your journey at the Blackboys Inn, a 14th century pub and restaurant offering traditional home cooking and bed and breakfast. Beyond Blackboys you pass four historic mills including Tickerage Mill, the former country home of actress Vivien Leigh, Uptons Mill, Heavers Mill and Hempstead Mill. There is a Waitrose supermarket adjacent to Uckfield rail station at the end of the walk.

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