Mindful Forest Walk – Chelwood Gate, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
25/08/2021 at 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
A wonderful short walk that takes in the woods, streams, and the open heathland of the Ashdown Forest – a medieval hunting ground in its day. Heathland is one of the rarest habitats in Britain and this section of the Ashdown Forest is alive with beautiful flowers and wildlife.
Distance: 4.2 km / 2.6 miles
Time: 2.5 to 3 hours (including breaks and mindful opportunities)
Group Size: 2 to 6
Is it for me?
Mindful walking is no more complicated than simply going for a wander in nature and paying attention to the present moment and the detail of what’s around you.
This is a gentle walk on woodland paths and open heathland suitable for beginners as well as those interested in the wildlife and the history of this beautiful part of Sussex. With short sections slightly off the beaten track, there is opportunity to really connect with nature – in the woods; on the banks of the flowing streams; and on the heathland itself. The group size is kept small for a more personal experience.
The route is mainly flat and there are no stiles to cross. The ground will be muddy in some places if it has been wet, and there are some short sections where the ground is uneven.
If you are new to country walking, or just a little apprehensive, there is no need to worry. Andy will ensure that the pace and the route makes for an enjoyable walk.
We can chat about some of the history of the area, as well as learning about the wildlife we come across. Or if you simply want to take in the view, notice what’s around you, and breathe in the air… then that’s fine too.
Start/Finish: Track at left-hand side of Chelwood Gate Church and Village Hall. Beaconsfield Road, RH17 7LF
Parking: Free – some spaces on track at left hand side of Church (N.B. not the private Hall car park), or free on-road parking near the Church. (Please park with consideration of the residents. This is a narrow road).
Public Transport: Community Bus Service from Uckfield to Chelwood Gate. No rail station.
Public Toilets: None
Admin: Joining instructions and advice on clothing (etc) will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.
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