Walking trail

Short walk from Standen to 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 to the right at the second public footpath sign. As the path next divides, follow the left-hand fork to Weir Wood Reservoir around the top side of a small pond, following the finger post marked 'reservoir'.

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(Points 3 - 5 on map) At (3) the entrance to the field turn right, following the ‘Footpath’ sign (hidden behind the stile on the left hand side) down the hill. Cross a stile (4) and carry on straight ahead, following the left edge of the field until you reach a stile at the bottom of the field. Cross the stile to join the Sussex Border Path (5) , which runs alongside the reservoir. Turn right and continue along the path with the chain link fence on your left.

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(Points 6 - 7 on map) Keep ahead, passing a metal gate on the right hand side diagonal to the path (6), and continue straight on. Go over a two plank bridge and cross the next stile into the field (7), keeping the chain link fence to your left.

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(Points 8 - 9 on map) Continue for 50 yards and go through a metal gate, continue along the edge of the field. Cross a small wooden two-plank bridge (8). Shortly afterwards, leave the Border Path and turn right into the field on the right at the ‘Public Footpath’ sign (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) Very shortly you will come to another stile with a a three point Public Footpath sign (10). Continiue ahead walking up the sunken path, up the hill. At the National Trust gate and three pointed finger post in the field continue ahead, keeping the hedgerow/fence line to your right hand side (11).

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(Point 12 on map) At the corner of this field (12) go through a metal kissing gate, and turn right along the path between the woodland and the barbed-wire fence.

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(Points 13 - 14 on map) Continue along this path until you reach Standen’s drive (with two cottages on your right), turn right down the drive which leads back towards Standen.

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Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

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Short walk from Standen to 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 walk from Standen to Weir Wood Reservoir

Contact us

Short walk from Standen to 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 walk from Standen to Weir Wood Reservoir

Facilities and access

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