Bluebell walk at Standen

Walking trail

A moderate walk that takes in the whole Standen estate and wider countryside. This walk takes you through Rockinghill Wood where you can see the incredible displays of bluebells and spring flowers.

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

Dogs welcomed, but must be kept on leads when near livestock and along the drive from the car park.

Standen Rockinghill in spring



Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356


Walk up the hill from the car park and through the entrance gate. Turn right, at the Rockinghill Wood sign. Go through the gate into the field and continue straight ahead down the hill on a well-trodden path.

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Leave the field through a wooden kissing gate and go straight ahead into Rockinghill Wood. Go straight ahead along the path passing the badger hide (left) and then keep right to the boardwalk, passing an old storage pond to your right. At the end of the boardwalk, at a memorial seat and pond, you may either turn downhill to the right, to a junction of paths after about 125 yards, or venture further straight ahead (adding less than a quarter of a mile). If you go straight ahead you will enter an area which feels more remote, but the path is clear ahead. It turns right and then right again, at the corner of a large pond. Then follow the winding path through the wood to the junction of paths mentioned above.

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At the junction turn left by the fingerpost (go straight ahead if you have come down the shorter route). The path winds over a short boardwalk and on into a gully. After a short while take the path to the right down steep steps and over the bridge. You will catch sight of Standen Farm across the field. Cross a further bridge and bear right to continue to follow the clear path. You will see a vineyard in a field to your right, before you cross one more bridge and come to a ‘T’ junction of paths by a pond (sometimes dry). Turn right and go through the kissing gate into the field.

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Head uphill following the link of the footpath marker. Do not enter the woodland at the top of the hill but turn RIGHT for about 60 yards and go LEFT over a stile and over a wooden bridge before passing through a metal kissing gate into a field. Follow the left hand edge of the field and then go through another metal kissing gate. Go down a small path to join a wide track through trees where you turn LEFT at the fingerpost marked 'B' (you have now entered the start of the walk leading to Hollybush woods).

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Follow the track round a right hand bend and continue right in front of a large pond, sometimes dried up (fingerpost sign to Hollybush Wood) and through a gate. Turn left down the edge of the field to reach a gate as you enter Hollybush Wood.

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Follow the boardwalk into the wood crossing the bridge and continue along the boardwalk until reaching a bench, the path then doubles back to the right. Continue down the boardwalk as it begins to cross and re-cross the small stream running through the bottom of this ghyll wood. Follow the boardwalk as it runs alongside the small stream. Follow the boardwalk which curves round a gentle line up the slope. Turn right to the end of the boardwalk and then left up the gentle slope with large pine trees on your left. Follow the path up to the boardwalk, around the rim of a large pit, continue following the path, ending at a T junction.

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Turn left onto the path and follow it until you go through a gate into the open field. Take in the fine view left towards the reservoir and beyond before turning right along the field edge and up the hill. Go through a metal kissing gate and follow the path, between a hedge and wire fencing, beside the field. At the end of the path turn right on the drive to return to Standen house and car park.

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Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

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Bluebell walk at Standen


Much on board walks, but very mudding in places, one long steep slope and several small hills. Several stiles, a few steep steps and uneven ground.

Bluebell walk at Standen

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Bluebell walk at Standen

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, no service on Sundays.

By bicycle

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

Bluebell walk at Standen

Facilities and access

  • Café, toilets and shop at Standen (admission applies)
  • Standen car park not open outside of opening hours
  • Dogs on leads welcome