15 – Etchingham to Burwash Common

A 7 mile linear walk from Etchingham rail station to Burwash Common forming the 15th stretch of the Sussex Hospices Trail. The route, entirely within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, includes two charming rural villages. Burwash is steeped in history having been the heart of the Wealden iron industry, a notorious route for highwaymen and the home of author, Rudyard Kipling (1902 – 1936) at Bateman’s. Etchingham was a manor long before the Norman Conquest and has a fine 14th century parish church, a community shop and a butchers (Jarvis & Sons), that has been a family business since 1870.


The route criss-crosses the course of the River Dudwell and winds across gentle meadows and farmland, the easy footpaths and bridleways often being shared with large herds of dairy cattle and horses (these all remained calm when we walked through). There is a variety of stiles and footbridges but three of the stiles are entirely enclosed so dogs would need a lift over (this situation is being addressed and may improve over time – please let us know so that we update the details). Be prepared for boggy areas of ground in winter, especially around Bateman’s Mill Pond. Allow 4 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 (Please note that the GPX Files are for personal use only and must not be published on any other platform)