In East Sussex and looking for great walking routes in the area? There’s a wide variety of pleasant walks around Uckfield - and we’re about to give you a whistle stop tour of the popular paths people enjoy - depending on the type of day out you have planned.
First, let us remind you that before you set off for your Uckfield walks, remember Horsted Place Hotel is an ideal place to rest your head - whether it’s the evening prior or the best accommodation to chill out after a day exploring the trails. With stunning rooms that ooze relaxation and unpretentious dining that features modern British cooking using the very best seasonal produce, locally sourced wherever possible, Horsted Place is truly one-of-a-kind as you enter a world of gilt-framed paintings, roaring fires and even warmer welcomes.
From hiking trails, trail running, mountain biking trails and more, there is a myriad of routes, but for now our top walks near Uckfield include:
A nine-mile ramble that takes around 3 hours 45 minutes through the Weald countryside from Uckfield, featuring the footpath which was the cause of the famous battle between the Ramblers and Mr Van Hoogstraaten. This circular walk is accessible year-round and offers scenic views.
Top tip: If you’re not completely sure how long you want to set out for, then opt for this walk as there are various shorter alternatives whilst on the trail.
Buxted Park and Views Wood
A moderate two-hour, 6.1 kilometre loop trail that features a lake and offers fantastic bird watching opportunities through the historic Deer Park at Buxted.This is a circular walk that crosses the River Uck, shared with some of the parkland deer and livestock and takes you on a complete circuit of the Woodland Trust site at Views Wood.
Top tip: The terrain is medium difficulty with muddy areas and you will need to navigate several gates, footbridges and stiles that your furry friends may need a boost over.
If you’re looking for a shorter walk that’s consistently easy to navigate, look no further than Forest Row. It’s a 6.4 kilometre loop trail that can be tackled in an hour and a half. Forest Row has great views and is a beautifully picturesque trail that features a river and is good for all skill levels. This walk is a mix of open countryside and woodland.
Top tip: This trail boasts parking at the start and begins and ends in the village centre - so plenty of refreshment options before you set off and afterwards.
A Walk of Mysteries
For those looking to set out for most of the day for an adventure, this longer trail takes nearly four hours to complete and is full of wonder. A 15 kilometre loop that’s moderate and is accessible year-round. There are several interesting talking points all the way on this trail around Uckfield and Fletching: a pair of brass gloves, a 130-year-old railway and a (fake) skeleton of our very earliest ancestor dated to the 20th century.
Top Tip: There is a stretch of busy road as part of the walk with no pavement so do take care or follow this detour: go through the West Park nature reserve and head into Lake Wood from the entrance by the bridge over the bypass.
The Blackboys Inn and Tickerage Mill
For those that need a pub at the end to reward their walking efforts, this route is definitely the best option for you. The Blackboys Inn and Tickerage Mill is a 7.1 kilometre moderate trail featuring fairly easy terrain and follows a mixture of lanes and field paths offering a circular pub walk from The Blackboys Inn near Framfield in East Sussex. Allow 2.5 hours for this walk that takes you across fields and along country lanes around Blackboys, passing an old watermill and a Woodland Trust site.
Top tip: The section after Newplace Farm is prone to flooding after heavy rain and there are two road crossings and a few stretches of road walking along country lanes so please take care.
Two Churches with no villages
Another fantastic East Sussex walk, this 9.5 kilometre loop trail is accessible all year-round and really dog friendly, with plenty to see along the way. Allow two hours and 20 minutes for this flat walk that links the churches of Little Horsted and Isfield, two impressive Manor houses, a hunting park and a Norman castle.
Top Tip: Don’t look too hard because as the name suggests, trying to find the original villages, however, is a much more difficult task!