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Goddards Green Walk by Les Campbell


A stone’s through from Burgess Hill, take a leisurely walk across fi eld paths and quiet country lanes, taking in the magnifi cently restored Cobbs Mill.


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his walk starts from the Sportsman pub at Goddards Green to the west of Burgess Hill. From the pub, walk west along Gatehouse Lane and take the signed footpath on the left. Walk through two fi elds with a hedgerow


on your right to a stile. Cross this and bear left round the pond at Dumbrells Farm, then half right to enter a thicket. At the next stile, maintain direction ahead through a rough area to use a stile over a low fence. Maintain direction to cross a footbridge, then slightly uphill through a fi eld on a well-defi ned path to join the lane, opposite Pooklands. Turn left along Pookbourne Lane for just under a mile to a crossroads, where you should turn right into Mill Lane, with Cobbs Mill almost immediately on your left. Look for a


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Distance:


Refreshment: Parking:


Public Transport: 4 miles


Stiles: numerous Map:


Ordnance Survey Explorer Map No.122 The Sportsman, Goddards Green


Parking is possible in the dead end section of Gatehouse Lane, immediately to the west of the pub or in the pub car park by permission.


No convenient public transport to the start although Compass Bus No.100 (Mondays to Saturdays) from Burgess Hill stops in Jane Murray Way approximately ¾ mile to the east.


gap in the hedge to the right of the entrance to Cobbs Mill, and cross the grassy area to a footbridge beside the watermill and mill workings. Bear left up onto the bank and follow the mill stream to a stile and bridge, which you should cross, then left to double back on yourself, parallel with the stream. Turn right at the fi eld corner and follow the obvious path ahead through three fi elds to a footbridge where you should veer half left to a wooden gate, leading out to Pomper Lane. Turn right along the lane, and almost immediately left up the bank to negotiate two stiles giving access onto a wide fenced path which should be followed around two sides of the fi eld and into a small copse at the far end. Pass through the copse, then turn right to a fi eld corner going left, parallel with the road, to a rather


awkward double stile giving access onto Cuckfi eld Road. Turn left along the road, and shortly right into the entrance of North End House, opposite Mill Lane. Go to the far end of the yard and look for a barway beside buildings to your left, and proceed downhill to a pond, bearing right to a stile beside the wood. The path ahead is initially beside the wood, and soon drops down a bank to High Hatch Lane. Turn right and then, in a few yards, turn left on an enclosed path between fences to join Malthouse Lane via a stile beside a pair of metalled gates. Turn left along the lane and where it swings sharp right, look for a track on your left signed ‘Public Bridleway Motorcycles Prohibited’ and follow this for half a mile to join Gatehouse Lane. Turn left for the Sportsman pub, some refreshment and your car. ■


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