A 7 mile loop from Balcombe rail station, taking in a long stretch of Ardingly Reservoir (a nature reserve) and the South of England Showground before the mandatory pub stop which will set you up for the return journey through woodlands and lanes.
The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of quite steep sections. The paths are firm for the most part, but the woodland stretches can be very muddy in winter and some stretches of the bridleway alongside the reservoir are muddy all year round, so good boots are a must. There are a few sections of road walking on quiet lanes so take care of traffic. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, steps, a footbridge plus 2 stiles (both of which have gaps alongside which should be suitable for most dogs to pass through). Most of the paths are enclosed, but you will need to cross one field that may be holding cattle, so take particular care with dogs. Allow up to 4 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at Balcombe rail station which is served by trains from London Bridge and Brighton. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park which costs £2.50 per day Mon-Fri and is free at weekends and Bank Holidays (correct June 2016). Approximate post code RH17 6JQ. If this car park is full, you could park along nearby Newlands, with respect to local residents.
The full walk can be viewed and printed via the iFootpath website - Balcombe and Ardingly Reservoir This walk is also available on the iFootpath App.
To book discount train tickets to this location please visit Train Genius