A walk around Hollybush Wood

Walking trail

This walk takes in one of the wooded areas of Standen. Hollybush Wood was part of the original Standen Estate, but was not bought by the National Trust until the early 1980s. Because of the steep-sided nature of the centre of this woodland, Hollybush Wood has probably never been cultivated and has remained tree covered since the days of the Wildwood. Ancient woodland indicator plants grow in abundance , orchids, bluebells, dog’s mercury and others. Stoats and weasels live among the sedgy undergrowth and herds of deer can often be seen running through the trees.

Please note normal admission applies to enter the property and car park

Standen Hollybush  Orchids


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Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356


Start at the 5 bar wooden gate at the lower (southern) end of the bottom car park [A]. Turn left once through the gate onto the path enclosed by hedges.

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Follow the path past the metal gates on left and right. Stop and see if you can see the reservoir through a gap in the tree tops. Follow round to the right (B) as it runs alongside the old Wither Rough field. Ignore the footpath sign to the left at (B)


As the path divides above the pond take the right-hand fork and go through a gate [C] leading into the field.

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Turn left through the gate and walk ahead to the corner of the field, through the gate into the Hollybush woods [D] and the start of the boardwalk.

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Follow the boardwalk into the Wood crossing the bridge [E].

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Continue along the boardwalk until reaching a bench [F], where the path doubles back to the right. Take time to sit look, and listen to the flowers and birds living in the wood.

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Walk down the boardwalk as it begins to cross and re-cross the small stream running through the bottom of the woods [G].

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Continue ahead along the boardwalk [and up the steps H] until you follow on to a wider gravel path. Carry straight on up the gentle slope with large pine trees on your left. [I]


After 100 yards turn 90° right to take the path [J], down the slope to a bridge made from railway sleepers across a small stream. Continue along this path. At the T junction go left and follow the path as it winds its way up the hillside. Along this path you can glimpse Standen house through the trees.

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At the top of the path [K], turn right onto the track heading back towards the House and Garden.


Follow the track straight ahead through the gate into the Garden [L], on to Goose Green from where the car park can be seen to the right.


Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

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A walk around Hollybush Wood


Waymarked paths. Very muddy in places with some uneven footing and one long steep hill.

Dogs welcome on leads, sometimes cattle graze in nearby fields.


A walk around Hollybush Wood

Contact us

Telephone: 01342 323029

Email: standen@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/standen/

A walk around Hollybush Wood

How to get here

Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE
By train

East Grinstead station 2.5 miles (4km).

By road

2 miles (3.2km) south of East Grinstead, signposted from town centre and B2110 (Turners Hill Road). Postcode for Sat Nav: RH19 4NE.

By bus

Metrobus 84 stops at the end of the drive, ½ mile (0.8km) walk to reception.

By bicycle

2 miles (3.2km) south of East Grinstead town centre. Sustrans route National Cycle Network 21, 1.25 miles (2km).

A walk around Hollybush Wood

Facilities and access

  • Café, toilets and shop at Standen
  • Dogs welcome on leads