Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers

Walking trail

Discover a tranquil woodland oasis along an ancient track way of the Weald.

Visit in spring to see the dense carpets of bluebells

Nap Wood is home to a fantastic array of wildlife, from the mature trees that tower above you to the vivid displays of bluebells that decorate the woodland floor in late spring. See what you can spot on this gentle walk.

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Map route for Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers


A267 lay-by, grid ref: TQ581329


From the lay-by, follow the well-trodden track, an ancient drovers road, into the woods. Just before you enter the woods, take a look behind you towards Saxonbury Hill Fort (not on accessible land). A Stone Age flint axe-head and a Roman coin are just some of the artefacts found here, suggesting evidence of a settlement.

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Continue along the drovers road, ignoring a path that crosses your route. After a short while, you come to a yew tree on the corner to your right. Another old sunken drovers road leads off from here, that you can head up for a short detour. Local folklore say that the tracks here once led to a hunting lodge for King John called Lightlands (still visible on maps of the area), so you could be walking in the footsteps of royalty.

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This detour leads you to more impressive, old yew trees. After reaching them, turn back and rejoin the main trail.

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The track goes downhill for a short while before levelling off again. We coppice trees in Nap Wood, which is where we cut trees right back to their trunks to encourage them to grow more densely. It's a traditional, renewable way to take advantage of wood for products like charcoal. It also helps provides homes for small mammals such as dormice and shrews.


Carry on through the woods, listening out for the rustle of dormice or woodpeckers drumming the dead trees. The track winds its way up a fairly steep hill until you are back at the lay-by.


A267 lay-by, grid ref: TQ581329

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Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers


Circular walk along a well compacted path, with some protruding tree roots. Mostly flat, but with several gentle slopes and one relatively steep one. Take care after wet weather as the path can be muddy, uneven and slippery.

Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers

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Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers

How to get here

Nap Wood, Sussex
By train

Wadhurst, 3 miles (4.8km) along the Sussex Border Path.

By road

Just off A267 Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne road. Roadside parking.

By foot

1 mile (1.6km) from Mark Cross; 2 miles (3.2km) from Frant along a busy road. The Sussex Border Path runs just north of entrance to Nap Wood.

By bus

Service 52, Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne, passes the start point of the walk.

Nap Wood walk, in the footsteps of drovers

Facilities and access

  • Tea-room, shop, and toilet facilities at Scotney Castle