Stage 2: Ardingly to Newick — Sussex Ouse Valley Way
Kit P planned a hike.
September 25, 2021
This gently undulating stage sees beautiful woodlands as well as human history embedded into the landscape. The Way is varied, with plenty of field footpaths, farm tracks, charming villages and the growing river. There are two options for pub lunches on this hike and you pass through the village of Lindfield, which has coffee shops and a small supermarket.
Begin at the north of River’s Wood and hike south through its glorious mixed woodland. Cross over an old railway line and through more woodland before watching out for flying balls on Haywards Heath Golf Course. Cross the road and take the track east, leading to Lindfield, a village on the outskirts of the much larger town of Haywards Heath. If you need supplies, hike down to the high street to find a supermarket; you can cut through the houses to get back to the official route after.
The Way leads you south east along farm tracks to cross a lane and then it’s onwards on pretty, hedge-lined footpaths through pockets of woodland and across fields. After 6 miles (10 km), you reach the Sloop Inn alongside the River Ouse, perfect for a pub lunch. Otherwise, continue heading east through the vibrant Wapsbourne Wood. From here, a track leads you to the river again, next to Sheffield Park station, a heritage railway stop with a museum and shop.
The trail closely follows the Ouse for a while before leaving it and heading directly for Newick, where this stage ends. In this village, you can find pubs, restaurants and accommodation. If you want to leave the Way here, catch the 31 bus to Uckfield or Haywards Heath, both of which have a train station (although they’re on different lines).
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