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Uckfield

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Uckfield is a market town with a long High Street up to the older part of the town around Church Street. Part of the River Uck's flood plain is Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve where primroses and bluebells can be seen in spring. The railway line terminates at Uckfield but used to continue to Lewes and there is a campaign to re-open this useful link: www.wealdenline.org.uk. The Bus Station is less than ¼ mile from Uckfield Rail Station.

Buses to Lewes 28/29/29B operate from near Rail Station (also Bus Station) to Lewes, operated by Brighton & Hove.

Lavender Line by bus

A 2 mile standard gauge preserved railway to Worth Halt with steam and heritage diesel trains. Original Victorian station and signal box at Isfield. Museum coach, model railway, miniature railway and children's play area. Buffet. Events programme. Tel. 01825 750515.
Open Sun & BH 1100-1700.
www.lavender-line.co.uk
Bus 29 from near Rail Station (also Bus Station) to opposite Isfield station, 10 minutes journey, Sun & BH hourly. Operated by Brighton & Hove. Buses also operate from Lewes.

Ashdown Forest and Visitor Centre by bus

Originally a deer hunting forest, Ashdown Forest is now a large public access area of the High Weald AONB and well known as the 'home' of Winnie-the-Pooh. It is a good area for walks with great views over the Sussex Weald. Much of the area is open heathland as well as the woodland you might expect. The Visitor Centre has displays on the Forest's history and wildlife plus walks leaflets. Tel. 01342 823583. Admission free.
Open Forest open at all times. Visitor Centre Apr-Sep, M-F 1400-1700 (also SSu & BH 1100-1700 all year).
www.ashdownforest.org
Bus 261 from Bus Station (¼ mile) to Visitor Centre entrance, watch for sign shortly after Wych Cross traffic lights (where bus turns right). 21 minutes journey, M-F only, about 2-hourly. Operated by Compass Travel. Buses also operate from East Grinstead.

Uckfield map

Bateman's NT by bus then ½ mile

Rudyard Kipling's home from 1902 to 1936. Most of the rooms in this 17th century house are much as Kipling left them. Kipling's 1928 Rolls Royce. Watermill which grinds corn most Wed and Sat at 1400. Tearoom and picnic area. Tel. 01435 882302.
Open Daily 1100-1700 (1600 Nov-Feb), Garden opens 1000.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bus 231 from near Rail Station (also Bus Station) to Burwash, Bateman's Lane (shortly after Burwash Common, watch for NT sign) then ½ mile walk. M-F only, about 2-hourly, about 35 minutes journey. Operated by Compass Travel. Buses also operate from Etchingham.

Etchingham map
Railcard
Railcard

Michelham Priory by bus then 2 miles

The Priory dates from 1229 and after dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times it was converted into a country house. It is in a picturesque setting surrounded by the medieval moat. Features include the Prior's Room, Victorian and Tudor kitchens, 14th-century gatehouse and a replica Bronze Age roundhouse. Gardens, watermill and forge. Children's play area. Café. Tel. 01323 844224.
Open mid Feb-Dec, 1100-1600 (1030-1700 Mar-Oct).
www.sussexpast.co.uk
Bus 54 from near Rail Station (but NOT Bus Station) to Lower Dicker, shortly after Golden Cross. 22 minutes journey, M-S hourly. Operated by Stagecoach. Buses also operate from Polegate.
Michelham Priory is a 3 mile walk from Berwick station.

Lower Dicker to Michelham Priory map