GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wealdway

82 miles (132 km)

Follow the Wealdway from the River Thames at Gravesend to Eastbourne on the Sussex coast. The route crosses the chalk ridges of the North and South Downs and passes through the lovely Weald AONB and the expansive Ashdown Forest. After starting at Gravesend the walk heads through Tonbridge, Royal Tunbridge Wells with its famous Pantiles, Uckfield before finishing at Eastbourne with its splendid views from Beachy Head.

Wealdway OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wealdway Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Near Hailsham, on the eastern side of Arlington Reservoir you'll find the noteworthy Old Oak Inn. This 18th Century oak beam traditional English pub has a good menu and selection of drinks. There's also a splendid garden area where you can sit out and enjoy lunch on fine days. Large family tables for 8 offer outside seating for up to 150 persons with views of the countryside and the adjacent Abbot's Wood. It's the ideal spot to relax in when the sun is shining. You can find the pub in the little village of Arlington on the western fringes of the woods. The postcode for your sat navs is BN26 6SJ.
The Three Daws in Gravesend is one of the must see pubs on the route. The historic riverside inn dates back to the 1400s, making it one of the oldest in the country. As such it's steeped with tales of smugglers, Press Gangs, hauntings and the like. It would have been a popular haunt for seamen as at one time large sailing merchant ships used to anchor off the Three Daws. Today you can enjoy lovely British food in the garden area overlooking the River Thames. It's a splendid spot to relax in on warmer days. You can find them at the start of the walk at the Town Pier with a postcode of DA11 0BJ for your sat navs.
The path skirts the edge of Camer Park near Meopham. There's some nice trails, wide lawns and a pleasant little cafe to stop at here.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Also near Hailsham you will find one of the notable local attractions at Michelham Priory at Upper Dicker. This formerAugustinePriory dates from the 13th century and includes some original buildings which areGrade I and Grade II listed. It's a very pretty site with awatermillin the grounds of the priory which has been restored to working order and is open to the public. The historic site is located right on the trail, just outside Hailsham. It's well worthy of some investigation if you have time.
Michelham Priory 05 Michelham Priory
Above:Michelham Priory views. An idyllic setting with with the lovely pond and house on the right.
For more walking ideas in the area see the High Weald Walks and North Downs Walks pages.

Photos

Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 59136

View of the trail near Uckfield

Promenade on the Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 1396101

Promenade on the Wealdway. View towards Eastbourne

Kissing Gate on the Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 1735388

Kissing Gate on the trail. The long distance path heads from the Sussex Border on the River Medway towards Ashurst Road, past Stone Cross House.

Peckham Place Farm Oast on Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 1201950

Peckham Place Farm Oast. This Oast is being used as a barn on this busy polytunnel fields using farm. The long distance path goes through the middle of the farm on an access track.

Farm Track and Wealdway Footpath - geograph.org.uk - 925843

Farm Track. Just off Camer Road, Sole Street.

View from Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 1165080

Lovelyview from path near Trosley Country Park. There's excellent views of the North Downs from the park which also includes a cafe for refreshments. Near here you can also visit the 3000 year old Coldrum Long Barrow.

View NW from the Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 1584531

View NW from the path near Five Hundred Acre Wood.

Autumn in Five Hundred Acre Wood, by the Wealdway - geograph.org.uk - 1585001

Autumn in Five Hundred Acre Wood, by the Wealdway

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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