12 – Crowhurst to Battle

A 4 mile linear walk from Crowhurst rail station to Battle rail station in East Sussex, forming the 12th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route passes through Fore Wood, a little known woodland which is an RSBP Nature Reserve, takes you past an oast house and has plenty of wildlife to enjoy along the way.


This quiet section rises and falls gently as your route takes you on the lower edges of the High Weald. Some sections of the woodland paths can be very muddy at times and could also be a little overgrown. You will need to negotiate some stiles and several farm gates. One field has grazing livestock so take particular care with dogs. There are no facilities or refreshments until you reach Battle but there are several places to stop for a picnic on the way. The return leg can be completed with a single 5 minute train journey. Allow 2 hours.


Accessing the Trail

There are several ways to follow the Trail!

On paper

You can download and print the PDF leaflet for your walk at the top of this page. These include turn-by-turn directions, photos and a simplified map. For extra safety, we recommend that you carry an Ordnance Survey map of the area too.

On an app

The walks can be found on the free AllTrails App. They are already downloaded and the directions are in the section called Waypoints.

This version of AllTrails will work as long as there is an internet (3G/4G) signal.

Note: within the AllTrails App you have the option to pay a subscription to upgrade to AllTrails Pro. This gives you the ability to follow the guides without using any internet data in areas where there is no 3G/4G coverage.

On a GPS device

If you have a Garmin or another GPS-based App e.g. the Ordnance Survey App, you can download the GPX File for your chosen walk from our website to use on these devices. (Please note that the GPX Files are for personal use only and must not be published on any other platform)