This is a walking and cycling route around the beautiful Bewl Water reservoir near Lamberhurst. The route runs alongside the reservoir for most of the way though there is an inland section on quiet country lanes around Tolhurst. It runs for about 12.5 miles with great views of the High Weald AONB.
Bike hire is available during the summer months from the Boat House Bistro.
The area is also great for wildlife watching with Goldcrests, Long Tailed Tits, Wagtails, Skylarks and Lapwings in the woodland. Also look out for Kingfishers, Herons and the Great Crested Grebe on the water.
Please note the route is not always open for cyclists during the winter months - please check the Bewl Water website before setting off.
The Sussex Border Path long distance trail runs right past the reservoir so you could pick this up if you wanted to continue your walk. Just to the west of the reservoir is the town of Wadhurst which makes a nice alternative start point to the walk. It's a short walk through the countryside from the town to the lake and there's a nice choice of pubs for refreshments afterwards.
Just to the east of the lake you will find Bedgebury Forest. The 2000 acre woods are an excellent place for extending your cycle or walk. There's miles of mountain bike trails with jumps and fun descents. For walkers there's the delightful Bedgebury Pinetum with 10,000 trees growing across 320 acres.
The National Trust owned Scotney Castle is also nearby and well worth a visit.
Bewl Water PostcodeTN3 8JH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Bewl Water Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bewl Water Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bewl Water OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bewl Water Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Bewl Water Pubs/Cafes
Why not head to the Boat House Bistro after your exercise and enjoy some freshly caught trout from the reservoir. You can enjoy wonderful views over the lake from the restaurant or the outdoor Terrace too. You will find the Boat House near the car park at the northern end of the reservoir at postcode TN3 8JH.
In the nearby village of Wadhurst you could try The Old Vine Inn on Cousley Wood Rd (Postcode:TN5 6ER). The 16th century pub now includes a fine South American restaurant.
You could also head north and visit the little village of Lamberhurst. Here you'll find the excellent Vineyard. It's a great place on warmer days when you can join in the barbeque on their decking in the large pub garden.
Bewl Water Dog Walking
The lake is a great place for dog walking but please keep your dog on a lead through the nature reserve area as they can disturb the wildlife.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Bewl Water is also widely used for watersports and leisure activities. These include sailing and windsurfing, rowing and sculling, Canoeing and Kayaking and trout fishing. There is also a passenger boat and a restaurant, conference facility and gift shop.