History of the Forest Way railway The railway line was
opened by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway in
1866 as an extension of the Three Bridges to East Grinstead
branch line. Forest Row was the busiest of the intermediate
stations, dealing in minerals and general goods. It was
finally closed as part of the Beeching cuts in 1966.
The Route runs from East Grinstead to Groombridge, on seven flat, traffic-free miles along the Forest Way, a disused railway that takes you right to the edge of Groombridge. Form Groombridge one can cycle on road to Heathfield and link up with The Cuckoo Trail. to the west another cycle path takes cyclists to Crawley and eventually to London and Brighton
The 10 mile (14.5 km) route runs from Forest Row in the west close to the River Medway in Ashdown Forest towards Groombridge in the east the path runs along the route of the old East Grinstead to Tunbridge Wells railway (and the path continues to East Grinstead and Crawley to the West) the path passes thorugh many villages, such as Hartfield, from which refreshments are provided in a local pub. Forest row is more like a small town, with shops and servies. bike hire is also avaliable at Forest Row.
The path is suitable for walkers and horse riders too, but it is recomeneded that you follow the following points:
- cyclists should give way to walkers, horses and people with disabilities.
Please use a bell but be aware that people may not hear or see you.
- horse riders – no galloping please
- take care crossing nearby roads
- keep a reasonable speed, and slow down at junctions and bends.
Form Groombridge one can cycle on road to Heathfield and link up with The Cuckoo Trail. to the west another cycle path takes cyclists to Crawley and eventually to London and Brighton
For further information on the route; The National Cycle Network provides information on cycling routes. Contact Sustrans on 0118 929 0888.