Things to do

The Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for 11 mi along the border between East and West Sussex, England. It uses steam trains which operate between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with intermediate stations at Horsted Keynes & Kingscote

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Heaven Farm

Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, Heaven Farm is steeped in 600 years of farming history, and includes the Bluebell nature trail (featured many times on BBC TV), wallabies and rural life museum.

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Sheffield Park and Garden

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland. The garden is a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form the heart of the garden, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them.

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Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place is a National Trust property located near Ardingly, West Sussex in the High Weald of southern England (grid reference TQ340315), comprising a late 16th-century country house and a mainly 20th-century garden, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who also have a research facility there. Visitors are able to see the gardens, the historic house, and also visit the research centre.

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Ashdown Forest

Originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times, Ashdown Forest is now one of the largest free public access space in the South East. It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the ‘home’ of Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Walk 1 - Work up an appetite

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  • Visit The Coach and Horses and pick up a map and directions leaflet.
  • Turn sharp right directly down Coach and Horses lane
  • Take right at the T junction
  • After about 50 metres, take the footpath to the left going down the hill
  • Take the footbridge over the stream
  • At the footpath junction after the footbridge take the left turning
  • After 50 metres, take right footpath, going up through the woods
  • You will come up to a T-junction, where you turn right, and continue up the hill
  • Continue along up the path, and you will come across a school, walk through the school
  • Follow the footpath signs through the school, until you get to a ‘kissing’ gate, on the A275
  • Turn left and walk along the bank of the road for approx 30 metres before you come across a gate on the other side of the road with a footpath sign
  • Walk through the field, keeping the hedge line on your left, follow the path (in the direction of the large white house on the hill) down into the woods, on to an often muddy track. N.B dogs would be advised to be kept on a lead as this is a pheasant shooting area.
  • At the bottom of the hill, you’ll come across a nearly dried out pond, take the first footpath to the left.
  • Continue through the woods until you get to the footbridge, and then go through the holly trees, until you get to an open field on your right hand side, and lakes on your left hand side.
  • Follow the footpath sign on the left, at the end of the lake
  • Climb over a raised footbridge, over a stream, and then follow the path, which is wired on both sides, until you reach a stile.
  • Climb over this stile, which takes you into the fields, and follow the path straight down the dip and up through the other side of the second field.
  • At the end of the field, there is a gate with a stile, next to the road.
  • Turn left and walk up along the road taking the left fork (one way sign)when you reach Danehill village.
  • You will come across the A275, which you walk straight across down School Lane, using a footpath on the right hand side of the road.
  • Follow the road down to the school, and go past the school on the right hand side.
    Just past the school, there is a footpath entering the woods on the left hand side of the road.
  • Take the footpath into the woods and follow it over the footbridge (keeping to the right when the path splits) until you come across a concrete driveway
  • At the driveway, turn left up the hill, until you come across a footpath sign on the left hand side, which you take up into the woods.
  • At the footpath crossroads, go straight across and continue through the woods.
  • Continue along the gully style footpath, until you come across a familiar footbridge over the stream on the right. You can now retrace your journey back to the pub.


Walk 2 - Eat breakfast before you go!

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  • Take the road opposite the pub called Coach Lane, up the hill.
  • Follow the road up past the farm to the T-junction, at the T-junction turn right, then immediately left following the footpath sign that says Agons Place.  Follow the road down to the bottom of the hill to where the footpath sign turns right. Follow the path down to and over the footbridge.
  • Walk up through the field over the stile and then turn immediately left. Follow the wooded path until you get two stiles, go straight over both and continue into the wood keeping to the right hand side of the woodland.
  • At the next stile, you’ll enter a field and you’ll see the equestrian centre to your right, follow the footpath signs all the way through various fields until you get to what appears to be someone’s rear garden. Continue walking through until you get to the road. Turn right at the road and walk towards the equestrian centre. Follow the footpath on the left hand side bordering the equestrian centre.
  • The path takes you on a ridge way walking towards the South Downs.
  • When walking on the ridge you’ll come across a couple of tress then followed by a dense line of trees. At the dense line you need to take a 45 degree right turn (you may see a faint trace of path on the grass). Walk straight across the fields. Once you get half way across the field you will see the next stile across the far side of the field.
  • At this point you turn right and follow the track through the woods, past the old farm house and then take the footpath sign to the left heading down the steep hill. At the bottom of the hill take the footbridge over the stream and continue up the filed opposite, following the footpath signs, keeping to the right of the houses over the various stiles until you come to the road. Turn right at the road until you come to the T-junction. The main walk goes left but if you want to shorten the walk then go right, take the next turning left which is Coach Lane and will take you back to the pub.
  • If you turn left walk down the road for 700 metres until you come across a track that says Cherry Tree Cottages, take the track down the hill which is also a footpath (hidden footpath sign) follow the hill all the way down to the bottom and go over the footbridge, then continue up the other side of the hill until you reach the school on your right hand side.
  • Upon reaching the road, turn right, walking down the road keeping the school on your right. Shortly after leaving the boundary of the school there is a footpath on the left hand side of the road, entering the woods.
  • Take the footpath into the woods and follow it over the footbridge until you come across a concrete driveway.
  • At the driveway, turn left up the hill, until you come across a footpath sign on the left hand side, which you take up into the woods.
  • At the footpath crossroads, go straight across and continue through the woods.
  • Continue along the gully style path, until you come across a footbridge over the stream on the right. Walk up the ‘tight’ path to the road and turn right. Within a short distance you will come to a T junction. Take the left option back to the pub.


Walk 3 - Stretch your legs

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  • Turn sharp right out of pub car park and walk down Coach and Horses lane to the t-junction.
  • Turn right at t-junction and follow the country lane for some distance along the valley floor.
  • When the road starts rising take the right hand foot path just past the house ‘Waterbrook’.
  • Follow the short path up the hill. Upon reaching the road you can either turn right and walk back to the pub (a very short walk) or take the road opposite up the slight hill until you reach the t-junction.
  • Turn right at t-junction and follow Tanyard lane for approximately 150 metres, turning right at the footpath sign.
  • Follow the track and footpath signs down the hill returning to the pub.


Walk 4 - a well deserved drink to follow!

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  • Take the road opposite the pub up the hill 200 mtrs turn let at footpath by Upperstone Farm.
  • Follow the path up through a gate, past ‘Sunnycroft’ on left. At the road turn left and walk to the end of the road. Before the junction turn right down a track at footpath sign. Keep straight down the track to the field gate.
  • Bear left across the field and exit via metal gate. Stick to the path through the wood and at the bottom of the wood take the left footpath just before you get to the sandstone house.
  • Up the hill/gully to the next footpath, take a left turn (a very modern house to your left) over a small wood platform and bear right and follow this path up through the equestrian fields.
  • Follow the path up to the tarmac driveway( through a rear garden). Left up the driveway, after approx 200 mtrs right on footpath into woods. Over the stile and follow the well trodden path through the fields (Chapelwood Manor appears on slope to your left).
  • Over the stile, leaving the fields, head toward the tall Scots Pine and follow the path onto an old, long wood track, keeping the fields to your left. This emerges at a red brick house where you turn right and take the track between the post and rail fences.
  • Enter the woods and take the track straight down the middle.
  • At the bottom of the wood head toward the sloping fields ahead, over a small bridge.
  • Up through the field (Annwood Farm ahead), over a stile and then kissing gate and head straight across the field to the lone marker post and turn left toward the tree line.
  • At the track turn right and continue past Allins Farm. Keep straight ahead on the woodland path with the sloping fields on your left.
  • Several hundred mtrs on take the next left stile/footpath down over the field, over the stile and up to the gate and track.
  • Left up the concrete track to the road.
  • Right and immediate left on the road which leads to the pub.



Step Cottage Barn

Located in the village of Danehill on the very edge of the historic Ashdown Forest The Barn provides well appointed luxury self catering accommodation. Set in the grounds of the owner’s home surrounded by landscaped gardens and nestling in a valley typical of the High Weald Area of Natural Outstanding Beauty makes the perfect spot for a relaxing break. All this and a short walk to the excellent local pub, perfect!

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The Hideaway

We recently refurbished one of our outbuildings to provide a separate studio apartment within the magical Ashdown Forest on the edge of Danehill, Chelwood Gate and Nutley villages. The Hideaway has a brand new king size bed, kitchen, walk in shower room and a double sofa bed (for a further two persons). The flat screen TV/DVD is on a pivot so you can watch it snuggled up in bed or cuddled on the sofa. Enjoy our fresh Egyptian cotton linens and towels!

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Holly House bnb

Situated in a rural village on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, the ideal location from which to explore Sussex, our one hundred and thirty year old forest farmhouse is now converted to this warm, comfortable, family home, which has seen Chelwood Gate change from a hamlet to a parish with two churches & two pubs.

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Field Cottage

A wonderfully quiet self contained studio with views across open fields and woodland alive with fallow deer and a family of buzzards.

 The room has a comfortable double bed with feather and down duvet and pillows.  We can provide two further single beds for family stays.  The large room also offers a living area with a sofa, armchair and Freeview TV.

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