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


Standen Circular walk 7 to Kingscote Station


Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356


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. 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. You are now leaving Standen and using public right of way footpaths

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Go through the Standen gate and bear left to follow the path along the edge of a field, with a barbed wire fence to your left. Go through the metal gate in front of you and keep walking ahead downhill through a sunken path. Continue ahead past the three point finger post next to the broken stile. At next fingerpost continue ahead to 2nd metal gate into field. Turn left in the field and walk downhill to edge of the reservoir to meet the High Weald Landscape Trail. Continue along the right hand edge of the field to a metal gate in the bottom corner. (Note the position of this gate. On your return, this is where you will turn left to head back up the hill towards Standen.)

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Here the High Weald Landscape Trail joins the Sussex Border Path. Go through the metal gate keeping chain link fence to your left until you meet a tarred lane.

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This is the old road which was submerged by the water, and blocked by a padlocked double iron gate.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.)

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Walk 50 yards uphill to the finger post opposite the entrance to Stone Hill House cross the road. Follow the path above the rocks, which soon develops into a sunken path as it goes downhill, and continue until you reach a three way finger post and a metal gate at the top of the hill.

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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. Keep left until you reach two metal gates crossing a chalk track. Go through both gates into the woods. 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.

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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.

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Go through the gate 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.

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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.

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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 (signs to Mill Place Farm) passed Brooksbank Cottage and Holly Tree Cottage on your left. Before the wooden gate turn left down the lane to Mill Place Farm/Kingscote Vineyard


Go under the railway bridge marked ‘Kingscote estate’ and continue ahead along the track through the farm and vineyeard buildings and past a small pond on your left. Continue until you reach a brick bridge. Go over the bridge and follow the track around to your right past a large 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 edge of fields to the top of the fields. (This is where you originally walked down towards the bridge and railway track). Continue ahead past the rocks on the right and retrace your steps to the main road. Take care here. Turn right and go downhill (50 yards) to re-join 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 until you reach the metal gate in the corner of the field where you joined the path originally. 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. After emerging from the wood, go through the metal gate and continue ahead. Either: Go through the wooden National Trust gate on the right to retrace your path to Standen Goose Green and the house (end of walk) Or: continue up the hill, following the right-hand edge of the field to the top corner. (go to 12 it you walk up field)

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Go through the metal gate at the top of the field, and follow the path right between the woodland and barbed-wire fence (on your left) 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.


Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

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Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway


Mainly on good paths and roads but there can be muddy patches and there are several stiles. There is a very steep flight of steps 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 occasionally 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

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Walk from Standen to Kingscote Bluebell Railway

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).

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