Countryside walks from Standen
Explore the Standen estate and surrounding countryside with one of our circular self-guided walks. Our series of walks range from a one-hour family walk to the Weir Wood reservoir, to longer routes for the more experienced walker.
Park in our car park and then explore the local landscape before enjoying a rewarding cream tea in the Barn Cafe. (Car park not open when the house and garden are closed.)
You can pick up one of our 50p walks from visitor reception. Take a look below to help you choose the right walk for you:
Walk 1: Hollybush Wood, 1 mile (1.6km)
A mile-long circular walk around Hollybush Wood. This walk covers an area of ancient woodland between Standen and Weir Wood Reservoir containing many woodland plants, animals and birds. Mainly good walking along boardwalks with some some steep slopes.
Walk 2: Rockinghill Wood, 1 mile (1.6km)
A short circular walk of just under a mile, around Rockinghill Wood. We look after the wood by coppicing the hazel and sweet chestnut for charcoal, hedge-laying poles and garden plant supports. Resident wildlife includes badgers, deer, dragonflies and many bird species. The wood can be a bit muddy underfoot even in summer.
A two-mile circular walk taking in Weir Wood Reservoir. The walk goes through ancient woodland, flower meadows and passes ancient sandstone rock outcrops. This walk also gives distant views of the Ashdown Forest and North Downs. A fairly easy walk with uneven places and steep hills.
Walk 4: Woods walk, 3 miles (4.8km)
A walk that takes in Rockinghill and Hollybush woods and a wood called Jenkins Shaw. You'll see a mixture of different habitats; dense woodland, open wooded areas and meadows. A circular walk of around 3 miles that is fairly easy with uneven places and steep hills.
Walk 5: Weir Wood Reservoir, 4 miles (6.4km)
A four-mile walk that uses the Sussex border path as part of its route. On the way you cross the Greenwich meridian and you can stop at the millennium picnic site, where you can watch the sailing club boats. A fairly easy walk with uneven places and steep hills.
Walk 6: East Grinstead, 5 miles (8km)
A five-mile walk to the market town of East Grinstead, using old footpaths to provide a scenic route into the centre of the town. Take time browsing the shops or investigate the medieval and Tudor heritage. Mainly easy walking through fields, woods and lanes that may be muddy.
Walk 7: Kingscote railway station, 6 miles (7.8km)
A six-mile circular walk to the Bluebell Railway at Kingscote Station. Use this walk to extend your day by travelling on the Bluebell Railway to Sheffield Park and back. Mainly easy walking through fields, woods and lanes that may be muddy and there are several stiles.
Walk 8: Forest Row, 6 miles (9.6km)
A circular walk to the vibrant village of Forest Row. Allow extra time to explore the varied shops and tea rooms. The main walk is six miles but there is a shortcut that saves about a mile. Good tracks and paths, apart from the path alongside the reservoir, which can be very muddy, and there are several stiles.
An 8.5-mile walk, for more experienced walkers, to and from Selsfield Common. The common is looked after by the rangers at Standen, who hope to restore some of its heathland habitat. In the spring look out for the bilberry flowers. Mainly on good paths and roads but there can be muddy patches and there are several stiles.
Walk 10: Worth Way, 10 miles (16km)
A ten-mile circular walk, for experienced walkers, taking in the village of Crawley Down and the Worth Way. There is a shortcut that will save 2.5 miles that misses out the village. Parts of the Worth Way are the old railway route axed by Beeching in 1967. Mainly on good paths and roads but there can be muddy patches and there are several stiles and a short uphill section.