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The Forest Way is a linear country park located in the heart of East Sussex.  It takes the route of a disused railway line and is used frequently by walkers, bikers and horse riders. The Forest way stretches from East Grinstead to Groombridge. The railway line opened in 1866 and even though it was a busy commuter line it was axed due to cuts in 1966.  The line was bought by East Sussex County Council in 1971 and turned into a country park.  In 2002 after huge improvements to the surface the Forest Way was added to the national cycle network.

The surface of the trail is flat and is a great place to teach children to ride bikes in safety without worrying about traffic. There are several different trails for visitors to explore all different in respects to length and difficulty from the new beginner to the fully charged mountain biker.  As you travel along the route you can see that the trees have regenerated naturally and their chippings have become a great habitat for badgers, foxes and deer.

The Forest way is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is soaked in rolling hills, scattered farmlands and small woodlands.  The track itself leads past the beautiful country home of Standon House and past the Weir Wood reservoir which is famous for its birdlife and wildlife.

The route passes through the village of Hartfield which was the setting for the famous AA Milne story ‘Winnie the Pooh’ in which Milne wrote about his son Christopher Robin and his friendship with the famous bear. The woodlands around Forest Way has inspired many other people over the years, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one such writer that used the forest charm to invoke his imagination.

When you decide to visit the Forest Way country park you can rest assured that there are many Hotels in Sussex for you to choose from.  Should you be travelling from afar it may well be wise to contact the local tourist information office to book your East Sussex Hotel with the slightest of ease.

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