Walking

Walking trail

Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

Walking trail

A country walk for more experienced walkers to and from Kingscote Station and the celebrated Bluebell Steam Railway.

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

The Bluebell Steam Railway has recently been reconnected to the mainline station at East Grinstead. Connecting trains can be taken to Sheffield Park or into the historic town of East Grinstead.

Standen and the Bluebell Railway, West Sussex

Map

Standen Circular walk 7 to Kingscote Station

Start:

Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

1

Leave the car park and walk up the hill towards the house. At the top turn left and walk along the path with the Kitchen Garden on your left and Goose Green on the right.(1) Continue ahead on the mettled and grass path through the rhododendrons, and woodland until you reach second wooden gate (do not turn into Hollybush Wood) into a field. (2)

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2

Go through the gate and bear left to follow the path along the edge of a small wood, with a barbed wire fence to your left. Ignore the first stile and continue downhill. Go through the metal gate at the edge of the wood, turn left and follow the path downhill towards the reservoir. Go over a stile. At the next finger post turn right to follow the High Weald Landscape Trail. Continue along the right-hand edge of the field to a metal gate in the bottom corner. (3) (Note the position of this gate. On your return, this is where you will turn left to head back up the hill towards Standen.) Here the High Weald Landscape Trail joins the Sussex Border Path. Go through a gate and turn right and continue along this path, with the reservoir and chain-link fence on your left until you meet a tarred lane. This is the old road which was submerged by the water, and blocked by a padlocked double iron gate. (4)

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3

Turn right at this gate uphill for a few hundred yards, as it turns left and levels off. Turn right at the junction with the road (Please take care here as visibility is poor - Wear High Viz Jackets if possible.) Walk 50 yards uphill to the finger post. (5) Opposite the entrance to Stone Hill House cross the road, and proceed slightly uphill along a rough track. Walk along this path, which is a continuation of the High Weald Landscape Trail, until you reach the sign for Stone Farm Rocks. Turn left at the sign for a lovely view of Weir Wood Reservoir. Return to the main path above the rocks and turn left to continue along the path as it goes downhill until you reach a three way finger post and a metal gate at the top of the hill.

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4

Go through the gate, and head downhill across the field in the direction of the pylon. Go through a gap in the trees at the bottom, and follow the stream to a wooden foot bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left in front of a pylon to follow a track to a finger post at the entrance of a wood. You are still following the High Weald Landscape Trail. (6) Follow the path through the woods, cross the stile and climb a steep bank to cross the Bluebell railway line. Go down the steep bank on the other side and cross a waymarked stile into a wood. (7)

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5

Follow the path through the wood to emerge onto a tarred lane. Turn right (ignoring the path to the right) for about 500yd (450m) to a large wooden gate and stile. (8) Go through the gate or over the stile and continue straight ahead along the lane. Just past Brookbank and Holly Tree Cottages on the right, the lane swings around to the left and you can see the railway line again. Where the lane joins from the left continue straight ahead. The lane goes under the overhead lines, between hedgerows and through a wood. The wood on your right opens out onto a large field, with two large white houses in the bottom right hand corner. Continue for about 100yd (90m) downhill and look for a gap in the right hand hedge with a finger post. Go through the gap and follow around the edge of the field towards the houses, keeping the woodland on your left. (9)

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6

At the end of the field turn left onto a track and follow uphill, through a metal gate onto Vowells Lane. Kingscote Station, part of the Bluebell railway line, is immediately to your right. (10)

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7

After visiting Kingscote Station, retrace your steps. Go left down the private road. Just before the large white house (Bluebell Cottage) go right along the right hand field edge. At the lane, turn left. Where the path forks go straight ahead (signed to Mill Place farm) passed Brookbank Cottage and Holly Tree Cottage on your left. Before the wooden gate, turn left down the lane to Mill Place Farm. (11) Go under the railway bridge and continue ahead along the track through the farm buildings and past a pond on your left. Continue until you reach a brick bridge. Go over the bridge and follow the track around to your right past another pond on your left. Keep ahead following the fence and hedge on your left and a stream on your right. Continue up the sunken track around the left-hand edge of the field, following the line of finger posts, to the top of the field. Continue passed the rocks on the right and retrace your steps to the road.

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8

Take care here. Turn right and go downhill to rejoin the lane on the left which takes you back to the Sussex Border Path along the northern perimeter of Weir Wood Reservoir. Follow the Sussex Border Path past two memorial benches until you reach the metal gate in the corner of the field where you joined the path originally. Cross the stile and head up the hill following the High Weald Landscape Trail, under the power lines, keeping the hedgerow and fence to your right. Go through the metal gate at the top of the field through the bracken, continuing to keep the fence and hedgerow on your right. At the fingerpost, continue uphill and follow the sunken path along the edge of the wood.

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9

After emerging from the wood, there is a gate on your right you can use this to retrace your path to Standen Goose Green and the house, or continue up the hill, following the right-hand edge of the field, to the top corner. (12) Go through the metal gate at the top of the field, and follow the path right between the woodland and barbed-wire fence until you reach the main drive to Standen. At the drive turn right, past Standen Cottages and continue to the main entrance to Standen and the car park.

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End:

Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

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Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

Terrain

Mainly on good paths and roads but there can be muddy patches and there are several stiles. There is a very steep flight of steeps at the station.

Some walking along road sides, wearing a hi-vis jacket is advisable.

Dogs on leads are welcome.

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

Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

Contact us

Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

How to get here

Address
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).

Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

Facilities and access

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