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Standen Hollybush Wood walk

This is a short walk around Hollybush Wood, part of the original Standen Estate. Hollybush Wood has remained tree covered and ancient woodland indicator plants grow in abundance, orchids, bluebells, dog's mercury and others. Stoats and weasels live among the undergrowth and herds of deer can often be seen running through the trees.

Entry to Standen House and Garden and orchids in Hollybush Wood

Please note that normal admission charges apply at the main site; National Trust members free. Please also be aware that although Hollybush Wood is home to orchids, the area in which they flourish is currently inaccessible due to ash dieback.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

Step 1

Start at the 5 bar wooden gate at the lower (southern) end of the bottom car park. Turn left once through the gate onto the path enclosed by hedges.

Step 2

Follow the path, past the metal gates on either side. Follow round to the right as it runs alongside the old Wither Rough field. Ignore the footpath sign to the left.

Step 3

As the path divides above the pond take the right-hand fork and go through a gate leading into the field.

Step 4

Turn left through the gate and walk ahead to the corner of the field, through the gate into Hollybush Woods and the start of the boardwalk.

Step 5

Follow the boardwalk into the Wood crossing the bridge.

Step 6

Continue along the boardwalk until reaching a bench, where the path doubles back to the right.

Step 7

Walk down the boardwalk as it begins to cross and re-cross the small stream running through the bottom of the woods.

Step 8

Continue ahead along the boardwalk and up the steps until you meet a wider gravel path. Carry straight on up the gentle slope with large pine trees on your left.

Step 9

After 100 yards turn right to take the path, down the slope to a bridge made from railway sleepers across a small stream. Continue along this path. At the T junction go left and follow the path as it winds its way up the hillside.

Step 10

At the top of the path, turn right onto the track heading back towards the House and Garden.

Step 11

Follow the track straight ahead through the gate into the Garden, on to Goose Green from where the car park can be seen to the right.

End point

Standen car park, grid ref: TQ391356

Trail map

Route map for Standen Hollybush Wood walk
Route map for Standen Hollybush Wood walk | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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