The Adhurst Circular Pubs Walk is the one with two charming pubs, with a few horses and alpacas en route. It’s adaptable for shorter or longer versions. If you simply want to reach The Queen’s Head pub in Sheet Village it’s about twenty minutes walk through the woods, alongside the paddock and up Village Lane. OR stride out in the riverside direction which takes you to the Harrow Inn pub in Steep and then drops you down School Lane to The Queens Head pub and back into Adhurst. The full loop is about an hour. The version described below is the full loop taking in both pubs. Warning! – The Harrow Inn only takes cash! Also, The Harrow stops serving food at 2pm so please phone ahead to place an order if you’re running late. 01730 262685. If it’s an evening meal you’re after then opt for The Queen’s Head in Sheet village instead.
From South Site at the yurts follow the arrows towards the village. You are on private land and this stretch is not a public footpath. Adhurst St Mary is to your left. In the summer months the foliage obscures view of the Grade II listed house.
Continue through the tunnel-like rhododendron. If we didn’t cut back the rhodies they would take over the woods entirely – although they are beautiful, especially when in flower, they are invasive.
After this you’ll see a small private sign for St Mary’s Well hanging from a thin chain to your right. Continue past until you reach the wooden steps. When you reach the bottom you head straight back up again to the other side. You’ll find yourself in a hidden path and it’s a good idea to put dogs on leads now as the tarmac drive and river crossing are up ahead (and the road, although you will not be going onto the road).
Cross the wooden footbridge which will lead you into the paddock where horses Helen and much older Hesper live. Hesper has a star on her forehead, hence her name. Helen is a native American breed and Hesper is a retired thoroughbred. If you’re wandering past in late August or September you’ll notice the Himalayan Balsam – the seed pods explode if you cup your hands over them – and you can eat the seeds. Climb over the two gates. Ensure dogs are on leads.
(alternative) Use the foot bridge, not the stone bridge! If however you don’t want to climb over the two gates then you can take the stone bridge – but it means you’ll be walking along the busy road until you reach the letter box.
Now that you’ve climbed over both gates you’re at the bottom of Village Street and Mill Lane, by the red letter box. To do the full circular walk and reach the Harrow Inn pub take a sharp right and head up Mill Lane with the River Rother to your right.
A few minutes walk and you will reach a small car park with a wooden shed. The sign reads Burntash Public Footpath and it leads you into Millennium Field where up ahead there are council allotments. Continue right around this field towards the mounted red bin.
Cross the narrow railway bridge. If you look over the brickwork sides and you might see the Waterloo London train beneath you. Continue across the golf course, taking care not to interrupt anyone’s game! You will see the golf course lake to your right in the distance. Follow the footpath across the field until you reach the road. If you look down you’ll see the A3 below you.
Follow the field beyond until you reach the tarmac road and turn right. Continue a short distance and
you reach the tunnel underpass.
donald judd underpass.
It always reminds me of a Donald Judd art installation. At the end of it you see a wonderfully framed picture of nature emerging from the concrete. As soon as you emerge turn left onto the public footpath. Step over the stile entrance and up the wooden steps.
As you head around these lovely rolling fields you might meet Max, the pony, who lives here. I was so busy talking to Max that I forgot to take a photo here.
Now you are funnelled single-file through a very narrow hedgerow each side. This narrow path leads you to a small brook with some white cottages to your right. And a wee bridge to your left. Cross the small bridge and turn Right to head up the lane to The Harrow Inn.
Enjoy some amazing ales in the garden, they do excellent rare roast beef sandwiches, sometimes you can also purchase plants. Children aren’t allowed inside the tiny pub but everyone, including dogs, are allowed in the higgledy-piggledy garden.
Now to continue your walk! This time head right as you depart and when you reach the top turn left. Cross the Overpass.
– Continue past the Adhurst Estate Allotments Association on your left. You will reach the railway line and even if the barriers are up please look both ways!! Carry on across onto School Lane. On your left is the village school and on the right are a herd of alpacas! At the bottom of the School Lane you’ll see St Mary’s Church in Sheet Village. And across from it The Queen’s Head Pub.
St Mary’s Church.
St Mary’s Church was built for the village by the Bonham-Carter Lubbock family. Inside you can see the stained glass windows commissioned for various family members. The main window is to John Bonham Carter who also built the house you passed in the woods at the beginning of the walk.
Opposite the church is a magnificent beech tree with a red telephone kiosk and red letter box. And behind these is The Queen’s Head. There’s a wonderful garden and inside it’s charming too. You can get hot meals prepared in their kitchen. They do take cards! They accept dogs. Children are very welcome! Prebook if you’re a group as it gets busy at the Queen’s Head.
After the pub head down narrow Village Street. At the bottom of the lane is the paddock at Adhurst, where you started. Climb the gate (Adhurst paying guests only). Say hi to Helen and Hesper the horses! You are now on private land and home.