Cost To Ride: FOC
Forest Way Country Park lies within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and passes through or close to East Grinstead, Forest Row, Hartfield, Withyham and Groombridge. Through its centre runs the cycle path, approximately 10 miles of surfaced trail that was once a busy commuter line axed in 1966. Walking paths head off in various directions from this trail.
Being based on an old rail line lends instant advantages to the Forest Way cycle path. It is spirit-level flat and well drained. We rode it on a miserable day in Winter and there were still very little problems with drainage.
The trail whisks you away from busy roads and into the countryside. There a plenty of stop-off points en-route with benches for picnics or to simply soak in the scenery. Any further road crossings are safe, with gates and warnings. In fact the only dangerous bit is the lay-by if you start from Groombridge. Maybe for a family it would be preferable to start/finish at the Forest Row end, although reaching Forest Row as a mid-point for a cafe/pub stop is unbeatable.
Forest Row: Pick up the trail from the North end of the village, where it runs from the lowest point in the valley off the A22. There are a few car parks to choose from in the village; one on the A22 and a couple just off on the B2110.
Groombridge: Follow the B2110 south out of Groombridge (for Hartfield). Cross over the railway on a sharp left, after the second sharp left there is a lay by on the right. The trail leads off from the lay by side of the road.