|St Leonard's Lodge|
Once across the dam end of the pond we climbed up through the woodland dominated by birches to reach the road once again. This time we were pleased not to have to walk along it but cross instead and pass a most attractive looking lodge house. I suspect that this would once have been part of the St Leonard’s Estate, although the main house was out of sight. Our onward path was dead straight, suggesting that it may have been an estate road? The path now though is only a rough track and not the sort of driveway that I have seen at other country estates. Although bound by trees the fields to the left and right were agricultural and not part of the forest.
After about half a mile or so we reached a couple of ponds although only the map really told us that as the ponds themselves were so vegetation choked that you could have been forgiven for not knowing they were there at all. We took a sharp right at this point and headed along a narrow path that was not very well used judging by the amount of vegetation growing along it. Indeed, after about 100 metres or so we gave up on the path altogether and started walking alongside the neighbouring field, which is what most other people seemed to have been doing judging by the path that had been forming there. I actually remembered walking along here when I walked the High Weald Landscape Trail a few years back.