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 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.

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(Points 3 - 5 on map) At the entrance to the field turn right, following the ‘Footpath’ sign down the hill. Cross a stile and carry on straight ahead, following the edge of the field until you reach a stile. Cross the stile to join the Sussex Border Path, 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) Cross another stile in the line of the path, and continue straight on. Cross the next stile into the field, keeping the chain link fence to your left.

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(Points 8 - 9 on map) Continue along the edge of the field. Cross a small wooden two-plank bridge, then a stile. Shortly afterwards, leave the Border Path and cross another stile into the field on the right at the ‘Public Footpath’ sign.

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Walk up the hill, keeping the wide, scrubby hedgerow on your right and crossing under the high-voltage power cables. The steeper headland path leads through more scrub to another public footpath sign pointing up the hill. (Please persevere in this area; the scrub can become very overgrown in summer but a brief search will reveal an open path to the top of the slope.)

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(Points 10 - 11 on map) Very shortly you will come to another stile with a ‘Public Footpath’ sign. Cross over and carry on along the path up the hill. Carry straight on up the hill, following the Public Footpath sign, keeping the hedgerow/fence line to your right.

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(Point 12 on map) Pass through the top corner of this field, 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