A new bus service is now running on Saturdays. It starts and finishes at Uckfield Bus Station and travels into the heart of the Ashdown Forest via Maresfield and Nutley.
The 262 service – which uses the slogan Take the Bus for a Walk – will follow a circular route through the forest and serve attractions including Nutley Windmill, Pooh Corner, The Llama Park and the Forest Visitor Centre.
Every Saturday there are four circular journeys allowing visitors and walkers to alight at one of the stops, take a walk or just soak up the view and then board the next bus either at the same point or somewhere else along the route.
For passengers wishing to travel onwards to/from East Grinstead, there are connections with Metro Bus services at both Hartfield and Wych Cross.
The new service is an initiative by Wealden Bus Alliance, WealdLink, Maresfield Parish Council and Uckfield Town Council to encourage more people to visit Ashdown Forest by public transport instead of using a car.
A weekday route operated by Seaford and District Buses is still called 261 but the Saturday service has been renamed to avoid confusion as the two routes are quite different from Nutley northwards.
Wealden MP Nus Ghani will be helping to promote the new 262 route at Uckfield Bus Station on Saturday at noon.
Read more about the role councils are playing in running the bus service here: Uckfield and Maresfield councils are helping to keep bus service running.