3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Sussex Life today click here

Sussex walk around Broadwater Warren Nature Reserve

PUBLISHED: 12:36 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:36 05 April 2016

The path winds past the giant sandstone boulders known as ‘Eridge Rocks’

The path winds past the giant sandstone boulders known as ‘Eridge Rocks’


Enjoy bluebells, giant rocks and heathland on this gorgeous circular stroll, with Hazel Sillver

Eridge Rocks

These impressive sandstone boulders, hidden away in the woodland of the High Weald, are around 10m high and extend for 600m. Rare mosses, liverworts, ferns and yew, birch and holly trees grow in the nooks and cracks of this Cretaceous outcrop, which is managed by Sussex Wildlife Trust. Since the Trust removed the rhododendron that was out of control here in the late 1990s, the site has regained its enchantment. In late April and early May, the surrounding oak, alder and hazel woods are carpeted with bluebells. Climbing on the rocks can be dangerous if you are not an experienced, equipped climber. 

Broadwater Warren

Just north of Eridge Rocks is Broadwater Warren, a once dreary plantation of conifers that the RSPB is thankfully restoring to pretty heathland and woodland. Wildlife abounds here – keep your eyes peeled for dormice, nightjars, dragonflies and woodlarks. There are 200m of paths suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. To find out about events (such as wildlife walks) held at Broadwater, go to rspb.org.uk.

Where to refuel

For a pub lunch, head to The Huntsman (thehuntsmanpub.com, 01892 864258, TN3 9LE), which serves traditional pub food and allows dogs. To find it, drive south on the A26 and turn right following the sign for Eridge station. 

Compass points

• Location: Eridge Green, near Royal Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex

• Distance: 2¾m (4.4k) – one hour to walk.

• Terrain: Mostly flat; paths can be muddy.

• Where to park: In the Sussex Wildlife Trust car park at Eridge Rocks. Heading north towards Royal Tunbridge Wells on the A26, turn left at Eridge Green into the lane that runs past the church. The car park is on the right after a quarter of a mile.


1 Take the path from the car park that leads into woodland, past rocks on the left. The way divides at a yew tree – bear left. The path leads past an area of open woodland with birch trees and curves around to the right, passing more impressive rocks.

2 Ignore the path leading right and maintain direction.

3 At the crossways, at a large oak tree, maintain direction straight ahead.

4 The path leads between young trees towards another oak tree and an information board – turn left here. Follow the wide path through woodland and then head right at the signpost along a wide muddy path between pine trees.

5 At the signpost follow the white arrow, heading left. Soon you will come to another signpost at a crossways – follow the white arrow right, walking along a straight wide path between pine trees.

6 At the crossways, maintain direction straight ahead. The path soon climbs uphill past an area of felled trees.

7 Go through the gate on the right into the car park and then between the large posts and through another gate. The way divides – head right following the white arrow onto a wide even path that leads into heathland. Ignore all paths that join from the right and left and maintain direction.

8 At the crossways, follow the white arrow right. The path leads through a gate. Walk on the left side of the pond. The path curves around the bottom of the pond (ignore the narrow path that heads east here) and then takes you upslope. Ignore paths that lead left and right and maintain direction.

9 At the signpost, follow the arrow right. After this, you will come to a crossways and another arrow – ignore this arrow and continue straight ahead, maintaining direction towards Eridge Rocks.

10 Ignore the paths leading right. Then at the yew tree, veer left, rejoining the original path, past the rocks and back to the car.


Charming family home in Slindon village - Hazelgrove in Slindon is set on a slight rise with views to the south over the village and towards the coastline in the distance.

14 ways to get fit as a family in Sussex - Have fun and instil a love of fitness in your children by exercising as a family. Hazel Sillver suggests great ways to get fly with kids of all ages


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sussex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sussex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sussex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

All along the A27 there are calls for bypasses to ease congestion. But plans to deal with Arundel’s bottleneck have met with anger

Read more

With the South Downs, quaint villages and coastal trails, Sussex is a great place for a walk. Here we round up some of the best

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

10 of the most beautiful, inspiring and simply stunning photos of Sussex shared on Instagram over the past week...

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2016 marked the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We take a closer look at the castles built to protect Sussex from invasion

Read more
Monday, September 10, 2018

Bearing links to some of the county’s famous smugglers, Alfriston is a small village with a lot of history – including an impressive ‘cathedral’

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Laura Paton has found a great restaurant off the beaten track in Sidlesham – but keep it under your hat

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

We round up some of the best events and things to do across Sussex this month

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Treat yourself, family and friends to lunch and afternoon tea with a visit to one of these fantastic Sussex tea rooms

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Up twitten and down smugglers’ track, Clive Agran discovers there’s much more to Hastings’ history than the famous battle

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

Head to these South Downs villages for a chance to experience modern amenities and stunning, picturesque views

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

A selection of fantastic bird-life centres to visit right across Sussex

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Take a day-trip to one of these gorgeous downland villages, urges Hazel Sillver. They offer great walks, country pubs and wonderful views.

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Enjoy wide green space and sea air on this downland coastal circular

Read more
Friday, August 3, 2018

There are some fantastic restaurants and cafés in Eastbourne serving up delectable food and catering for all tastes. We round up some of the best…

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Latest Competitions & Offers

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Job search in your local area

Property Search