Short boundary walk from Standen towards Weir Wood Reservoir

Walking trail

Explore historic woodland, flower meadows and ancient sandstone rock outcrops on this circular walk that takes in Weir Wood Reservoir, with views across to the Ashdown Forest and North Downs.

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

Standen and surrounding estate, West Sussex


Map route for short walk from Standen to Weir Wood Reservoir


Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356


(Point 1 on map) Start at the gate at the lower (southern) end of the bottom car park. Turn left once through the gate onto the path enclosed by hedges.


(Point 2 on map) Continue along this path into the woodland keep right at the first footpath sign. As the path next divides by the 2nd footpath sign follow the left hand fork to Weir Wood Reservoir around the top side of a small pond.

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(points 3 – 5 on map) Continue on this track walking downhill until you reach a stile at the bottom. Cross the stile into a field, keep left of field passing metal gates and head towards bottom of field. Climb the stile at bottom to meet the Sussex Border Path (not signposted) which skirts the reservoir. Turn right to walk along path.

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(Points 6 - 7 on map) Keep ahead, passing a metal gate on the right hand side (6). Go over a plank bridge, pass a second metal gate on the right, continuing on the Sussex Border Path, cross a stile into the field keeping the chain link fence to your left (7).

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(Points 8 - 9 on map) Continue for 350 yards along the edge of the field. Cross a small wooden two-plank bridge and go through a small metal gate (8). Continue on the Sussex Border Path, with the chain link fence on your left, cross a stream and walk up to a metal gate. Go through the gate, turning right (before the public footpath sign) thus leaving the Sussex Border Path (9).

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Walk up the hill, keeping the wide, scrubby hedgerow on your right and crossing under the high-voltage power cables. Go through a metal gate by the two pointed finger post. The steeper headland path leads through more scrub (Please persevere in this area; the scrub can become very overgrown in summer.) At the top of the scrub footpath turn right by the three point public footpath sign pointing up the hill.

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(Points 10-11 on map) Continue walking ahead up sunken path past disused stile to a fence and metal gate. Go through gate continue ahead. At the National Trust gate and three point finger post continue ahead keeping the hedgerow/fence to your right hand side.

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(Point 12 on map) At the top corner of this field (12), go through the metal ’kissing gate’, continue along the path between the woodland and the barbed-wire fence until you reach Standen’s drive and a three way finger post.

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(Points 13 - 14 on map) Turn right down the drive (13), you will pass cottages on your right, which leads back towards Standen (14).

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Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

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Short boundary walk from Standen towards Weir Wood Reservoir


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.

This walk uses footpaths that are not under the control of the National Trust. The walk is checked occasionally but if you find any problems please contact us so we can re-check the directions and conditions for other walkers.

Short boundary walk from Standen towards Weir Wood Reservoir

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Short boundary walk from Standen towards Weir Wood Reservoir

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).

Short boundary walk from Standen towards Weir Wood Reservoir

Facilities and access

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