There are a number of routes from East Grinstead that can be ridden without venturing too far on main roads. This page lists some of them.
Dry Hill from East Grinstead 28.2kmDownload file for GPS
Start at the A22 roundabout at the end and head out on the Lewes road for about 1km then turn into Worsted land and follow the bridleway to the right after about 150m. At Shovelstrode stables turn left onto the lane until you reach the A264 then turn left for a few hundred yards and just before the E/W Sussex county boundary turn right onto a bridleway past Old Surrey Hall, this can get a bit muddy in winter, continue up to the road and turn left for about 1Km.
Follow the farm lane (bridleway) to Dry Hill farm and then the lane becomes a stoney track climbing to the Iron Age fort at Dry Hill. Just past the fort as the track descends you can either continue down the track to the farm lane and rejoin Kent Water via the Vanguard way. Or follow the Bridleway to the left through the woods and down Marlpit Shaw to Rejoin Kent water at Scarletts, this goes across fields and get get rather muddy or bumpy depending on the season. However the lower part is quite a nice sunken lane. From either route once you reach the lane turn left past some lakes and a mill until you reach a T junction and turn up hill and keep right at the next fork past a golf course. When you reach the A264 again turn right and immediately left into Cansiron lane. Before you reach the B2026 turn right past Chartners farm and follow the Bridleway to the Forest Way turn right and follow the old railway all the way back to East Grinstead.
Exploring Dry Hill
There are a number of good bridleways around Dry Hill and many can be linked up to form suitable routes, one example starts at Plough Lane in Dormansland and includes a number of surfaced farm lanes, hard bridleways and muddy tracks. The area is popular with walkers & horse riders so care should be taken on the tighter bends!Download file for GPS
The tracks through Jules wood and Reynolds wood are best ridden downhill from the Dry Hill direction
Weirwood Circuit 15.25kmDownload file for GPS
This route includes some off road sections at the start but is then on quiet country lanes past Weirwood reservoir.
From the A22 roundabout go down the Forest way path and across Herontye and out along the old railwayline, when you get to a road crossing turn right down a lane past Brambletye ruins and shortly after left along a bridleway to join the road leading to Weirwood Reservoir and sailing club, turn left and at the road turn right.
An alternative for road bikes is to go along the A22 until the left turn to Ashurst Wood go through the village and down Wall hill to rejoin the A22 just before Forest Row, at the roundabout turn right onto Priory Road and after about 1km rejoin the off-road route.
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The road soon climbs for about 2km to Goat cross roads, turn right and follow the lane down to the edge of the reservoir, beware of some sharp corners! Shortly after the bird hide on the right at the T junction turn right. The road then climbs up past some rocks on the left and past Deers Leap Cycle park which has a few kilometres of off road paths. At Saint Hill fork go right and continue past Standen National Trust to Dunning Mill pub and then climb to to a roundabout. Turn right and almost immediately left and climb Hermitage lane to join the High Street and turn right to the A22 roundabout.
Owlets farm 16.75kmDownload file for GPS
This route is mainly off road with some technical sections. Start at the A22 roundabout at the end and head out on the Lewes road for about 1km then turn into Worsted land and follow the bridleway to the right after about 150m. At Shovelstrode stables turn right and follow the road to Ashurst Wood, just past the shops turn left at the T-junction turn right then almost immediately left, after 200m take the left fork and follow the farm lane for about 2km to a sharp right bend and go down through a farm yard to a gate. After the gate the track is mainly brick surfaced and climbs, at the top at a junction of tracks turn right, this track can get muddy in wet weather! At the end where the telecom mast is turn left down a single track bridleway through Highams wood, this is a nice downhill section! At the bottom turn right on a farm lane through Ashdown farm and down towards the Forest Way, just prior to the bridge go down a narrow path on the left and join the Forest Way to return to East Grinstead.
Perryhill Cansiron 30.5kmDownload file for GPS
This route starts on the Forest Way and includes some single track sections and a couple of kilometres of main road.
Follow the Forest Way out to Balls Green crossing and then turn left up the lane for about 1.5km before turning left into a bridleway leading past Perryhill farm to the B2026 then left for a 100m before turning right towards Bolebrook. The bridleway skirts the castle and climbs through woods and meadows to Chantlers farm then out to the A264. Follow the A264 for ~1.5km past Holtye golf course and then turn left into Cansiron lane after 1.5km turn right into Great Cansiron farm lane and go past the farm onto a bridleway, this can get muddy or bumpy depending on the season. Follow the bridleway through the woods until you meet a track joining from the right, keep straight on, this section can get muddy in wet weather. At the end of the track near the telecom mast turn left into Highams wood this is a nice downhill section! At the bottom turn right on a farm lane through Ashdown farm and down towards the Forest Way, just prior to the bridge go down a narrow path on the left and join the Forest Way to return to East Grinstead.
Horsted Keynes – Twyford 30KmDownload file for GPS
- Deers Leap
- Stone Rocks Bridleway
- Kingscote Vinyard
- Gravetye Woods track
- Site of Sharpthorne station
- Broadhurst Bridleway
- Birchgrove Bridleway
- Twyford Bridleway
- Goat Crossroads
- Weirwood lane
- Brambletye Bridleway
- Forest Way
This route starts where the Forest Way leaves the A22 and includes a number of quiet roads and off road sections.
The route out of East Grinstead is past Dunnings Mill (pub) and Standen (National Trust) then past the Deers Leap cycle park before turn right at a tricky set of bends – take care! The bridleway then follows the top of the Stone farm Rocks which is a popular climbing spot with good views back towards Weirwood further along the bridleway you go through Kingscote vinyard and then turn into Gravetye woods to follow a permissive bridleway through to Sharpthone. This is a conservation area and cyclists are requested to stay on the permissive bridleway and not venture into the woodland.
The track through the woods is on a gravel surface forestry track is a . There is one quite steep climb up into Hastings wood. After exiting the woods you turn right onto a road by the site of the old Sharpthorne station and you may be lucky enough to see a Bluebell Railway steam train entering or exiting the tunnel. When you reach the road at the top of the hill turn left for about a kilometre then turn right and follow the lane for about 2km before turning left, after a few hundred yards the next bridleway is on the right. This is part surfaced and goes past some fishing lakes before entering Horsted Keynes by the Church.
At Horsted Keynes the route now swings back to the north and after about 1.5km turn left down a bridleway, this is a bit stoney to start with but after about 500m turns in to gravel forest track. When the road is reached turn left and go through a ford before turning right onto a bridleway. This is gravel for the first few hundred metres but then becomes a bit rutted and poached at the to and it can get very muddy when wet. At the road turn left and follow the lane to a T junction and then turn left towards Goat crossroads. At the crossroads turn right down the hill, after about 2.5km turn left down the lane towards Weirwood sailing club after a few hundred metres turn right into a bridleway past Brambletye manor to join a lane passing the old ruins and then up to join the Forest Way and turn left along the old railway back to East Grinstead.