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Around Henfield - Sunday 14 December 2008
Our walk was a five-and-a-half mile round trip from Henfield, West Sussex in South Westerly direction towards the banks of River Adur. We started at the Library and made use of the extensive footpath network criss-crossing the village for heading south. It was dry on that day, but it rained hard on several days before, so we expected it quite wet underfoot, and indeed it was. While crossing a very muddy stile, a farmer told us “you could do with a boat”. At that time we didn’t know how right he was. We headed west alongside a tributary to river Adur that would have got us onto the dismantled Steyning-Henfield railway line. Suddenly there was the end of the footpath. At one point the tributary river burst its bank and emptied itself into an adjacent meadow, flooding the footpath 20 feet wide and 2 feet deep, so we decided to double back, since not everyone wore Wellington boots. Going back, we tried to avoid the same path we came on, however, we had to go once again across that muddy stile! Then we deviated to a footpath due North East towards a Nature Reserve near Broadmare Farm. From there it would be only a short way due North West back to Henfield. However, the path we took was again flooded, and we had to go back and find another path through the Nature Reserve! Finally we reached Henfield Library by using a slightly different path to the Village Network, so at the end it had been quite a successful walk! The final highlight was a well-deserved lunch at The Plough pub.


Autumn Tints Woolbeding - Sunday 2 November 2008
This year’s all-day Autumn Tints walk on 2nd November was located North West of Midhurst across a mixture of heathland, forestry, marsh and some open meadows. Starting at the National Trust Woolbeding Common Car Park the small party of eight members including its leader Bert Sharp struck out in an easterly direction for ¾ mile along the southern edge of the Common then turning north for a further mile the highest point of the area was reached, 183 metres, 600 feet with a great view across the valley to the west and beyond and to the south, the ridge of the South Downs.

The party descended into the valley taking a generally south westerly direction for some 2½ miles rising gradually to Titty Hill, across Iping Marsh and Kingsham Wood, turning south east some logs and a fallen tree was discovered which provided excellent seating for lunch. The weather by now had improved from being overcast to glorious sunshine.

After lunch the group followed a mixed route of undulating and hilly ground through woodland to Stable Hill where a herd of cows, including some steers, took more than a casual interest. Thence through Oakham Common and across Stedham Marsh returning to the car park having enjoyed some brilliant Autumn Tints enhanced by the sunshine and its warmth.


The Plough, Wivelsfield to the Winning Post, Plumpton Green - Tuesday 28th October 2008
Members were in good spirits as they left the 166 bus at the Plough, near Wivelsfield to walk to the Winning Post at Plumpton Green. No, this was not a pubcrawl but the named stops for the bus!

We were lucky to have one of those sparkling rare bright winter days. For the first hour the paths took us through the wet grass of lush meadows and past old farmhouses. In one area a large duck pond was being excavated from the c lay soil. It was complete with two substantial islands but was awaiting planting. We wondered whether this was part of a conservation programme or an extension of commercial farming. The remark by a walker that “duck was recommended for Christmas dinner” got a mixed reception!

After numerous stiles we joined the Sussex Border Path and followed it the road to Burgess Hill which we crossed onto the small path going through Blackbrook Wood for the next hour. Blackbrook Wood is old and unused woodland. Once the beech and hazel would have been, stooled, cut to the roots, to encourage the new shoots to grow in clusters of straight twigs. These had various uses from brooms to charcoal. But without this demand the clusters were no longer small but were dense with large branches reaching up to the sky. The leaves were beginning to colour and with the sun creating spots of bright light and dark shadows the walk was beautiful. When there was a gap in the trees, we had lovely views of the Downs.

In places the path was very muddy and when we joined a bridle way heading south it got worse slowing the walking pace down but we were able to pick our way onto a dryer bank The path led past a field with beautiful horses wearing there winter protective capes to the railway bridge. This very high arch was a remarkable piece of railway architecture, the child in me had to test it for an echo! The brick bridge framed the view beyond of a wooden footbridge crossing a stream and a small well kept house. From there it was a matter of following good paths back to Plumpton Green for the bus or the train back to Lewes.

Grace was the leader. (If any one is thinking of doing the walk and would like more precise timing ring me)


Horstead Keynes - Sunday 19 October 2008
On an initially sunny morning eighteen of us set from the village car park in Horsted Keynes down Church Lane. Passing through a wooded area, with all the autumn tints in abundance, we were soon walking beside a lake where several anglers were busy. Having walked along the edges of Pain's and Leamland Woods we came out south west of Horsted Keynes Station where there was a flurry of activity. Quite by chance we had arranged the walk on a Bluebell Railway open day. Continuing northwards we soon came to the railway line where one of the enthusiasts told us that two trains were due to come along the line in the next fifteen minutes. Because our walk then took us along a path a djacent to the line for a quarter of a mile we set off expectantly. The first train came along shortly after we had reached the end of this part of the walk and was a magnificent sight. Rather than wait we then set off up the climb to Highbrook. About half way up we heard the second train puffing along. As we turned we saw the train below, from o ur vantage point, passing through the autumn countryside. Reaching the top we passed the church before heading southwards along Hammenden Lane leaving the road to make our way to Brook House Farm. Taking a track westwards we then came to a cricket ground where we took a coffee break. By this time it had become very cloudy and we even had a few spots of rain. In this area there were several kissing gates, which apparently were not just there for walking through! The path then took us southeastwards directly towards Horsted Keynes passing at one point through a plantation of young oak trees before we came out on a minor road, which we walked along for a short period. Just before we left the road it was c rossed by the Bluebell Line and as we approached the bridge another train made up of two engines and many carriages full of people, some waving, passed over. Prior to the walk we had had very little rain and it was very dry everywhere. However still walking south eastwards we came to Little Oddynes Farm where we had no choice but to walk along a wet muddy track covered in slurry which had been used by cattle. We then returned to Horsted Keynes via the lake we had passed near the start of the walk and along Church Lane. Some of the group then visited the Green Man on the green in the village for refreshments. Graham and Jill were the leaders.


Chiddingly - Wednesday 15 October 2008
Despite the rain, 10 members, including a new member, turned out for the walk around Chiddingly. We started by walking though the churchyard with the imposing spire above us to cross the cricket pitch - not the weather for cricket today. Walking beside Bolt Wood we turned off towards Muddles Green. We picked up our next path a little way down the road which took us through fields and woods before coming out on the road near Thunder's Hill. Through Peek's Farm which is now a light industrial area before heading across numerous fields to arrive at World's End Farm with chicken in their pens sheltering from the rain. Then along a farm track to pick up the Weald Way way back to Chiddingly. Once we had crossed the road near Gun Hill, we could see the spire of Chiddingly church beckoning us home. What struck us was how many of the fields we walked through seemed to be lying fallow, with only a couple showing signs of a crop and no animals in any field except a few horses towards the end. Everyone enjoyed the walk despite the rain - a 'stiiish' walk - all 25 of them! The lunch at the Six Bells was excellent. The walk was led by Gordon.


Around Scaynes Hill - Wednesday 17 September 2008
Taking advantage of the dry weather last week the Group had a morning walk based on Scaynes Hill. Even so within yards of starting they encountered some mud along with nettles and other overgrown vegetation as well as large mushrooms. Their route took them past Inces and on to High View Farm. At the County boundary between East and West Sussex a brand new well constructed footbridge had been erected by East Sussex County Council over the stream at this point since the reconnaissance for the walk was done in July. From High View Farm the route went past Holford Manor and Wivelsden Farm to Roseland Wood where the customary coffee break took place. Then a walk though Wilderness Wood took the group to the Sussex Border Path which was followed northwards for over 2 miles through woods and fields back to Scaynes Hill.


Test Valley Coach Outing and Walks - Sunday 7 September 2008
Graham kindly sent some photos to give us a taste of the lovely scenery and interesting walkers.


Rodmell & River Ouse Bank Holiday - Monday 25 August 2008
Twenty-one members met on August Bank Holiday Monday for our walk along the River Ouse to Rodmell and back to Lewes, which had been organised by Jeannette. We set off with picnics in their haversacks and high hopes that the forecast would be right and it would be a sunny day. Alas it was not to be, and after leaving Lewes through the Railway Land we were not far along the riverbank before it started to rain. After reaching Asham Wharf on the opposite bank, we retraced Virginia Wolf’s last steps to Rodmell where we had a damp coffee stop in the Churchyard. We took a circular walk round this beautiful village and then followed paths across gardens and fields to Iford where we found a perfect place for lunch and the sun came out! For a glorious half hour we leant against straw bales and soaked up the sun while we ate our picnics. The gloom and drizzle then returned while we walked back to Lewes across fields and followed the Cockshut Stream to Southover. Most of us finished off the walk in the lovely Grange Gardens with welcome hot drinks and delicious cake.


Arlington Including Reservoir - Wednesday 20 August 2008
Our Wednesday evening walk around Arlington and the Reservoir arranged by Jennifer attracted twenty-one walkers. We walked the footpath around the reservoir dam, which we reached by leaving our cars at the Yew Tree Inn Car park at 6pm, walking through the grounds of the church and across the fields. The weather was overcast and quite warm and the rain held off until the last ten minutes when a drizzle began. We returned past the church and over a stile back into the car park. Once back some non-walkers joined us for an enjoyable evening meal at the Yew Tree Inn, Arlington. There were no complaints so it seemed everyone liked their food and the service was quick considering the size of the group.


Two Aspects of Ashdown Forest - Sunday 10 August 2008
Keeping in step with the times, Lewes Footpath Group members, lead by Grace, used the 29 bus to start their walk from the Crow and Gate, south of Crowborough. The weather was ideal, the breeze keeping us cool as we took the rising contours of the Vanguard Way. This part of the forest is open and wind swept; there was plenty of Ling heather to be seen and clumps of scots pine crowned the horizon on top of Crows Nest and Camp Hill.

After a brief stop at Kings Standing for an ice cream, we crossed the B2026 to Old Lodge Nature Reserve. As soon as we passed through the gate we could feel the difference in the atmosphere from the countryside we had just left. A windbreak of birch trees gave immediate shelter, the grass changed from lumpy tussocks to a smooth green park like sward. We trod quietly and spoke in a hush as we walked the 2 mile perimeter path. There were mature trees and piles of logs were stacked for sanctuary for lizards and beetles. Dead trees were left standing, a home for grubs and the woodpeckers and small ponds had been especially made for dragonflies. The Nature Reserve is managed, on lease, by the Sussex Wild Life Trust and it is the heathland which is the most significant; it provides acid loving flowers for the summer insects and to keep it so, bracken is controlled and Exmoor ponies have been introduced to graze and to prevent the birch scrub from spreading. What a joy to see the ponies in such a beautiful setting. This reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an SSSI, and also a Special Protection Area - a European designation given to areas important for birds. We were too noisy to see many but I heard a stonechat and a flock of small birds high in the tree tops. We ended the morning with a brisk walk back to the Crow and Gate Pub for an excellent lunch.


Balsdean Valley - Tuesday 5 August 2008
Rosemary led a walk on Tuesday around Balsdean Valley - this being taken from The Lewes Footpaths Group Book of "Favourite Walks In and Around Lewes". 15 members turned up on a wet and damp day but we proceeded from the car park at the top of the hill above Woodingdean. Beautiful views over the sea could be seen despite the dismal weather. After turning off left before the radio mast we soon followed a lovely path winding around the Downs to Standean Bottom. Normally beautiful butterflies and Burnett moths can be seen, but not today. However there were many wildflowers especially the blue field scabious. On the way to the old farm buildings in the valley we stopped to see the commemorative plaque, set in a small mound, which marks the site of the old Norman Church where the lost village of Balsdean once stood. After sheltering for coffee in the old barn we once again continued our walk through Balsdean Bottom and a field of barley still waiting to be cut, up on to the South Downs Way. Eventually we arrived back at the car park having covered five and a half miles feeling a little damp but still most enjoyable with views all around as far as the eye could see. Afterwards several of us enjoyed a very good lunch at the Downs Hotel, Woodingdean.


Firle Evening Walk - Saturday 26 July 2008
15 of us enjoyed a beautiful sunny evening for our walk which began at the Bo-Peep car park on the downs above Selmeston. As we walked towards Firle Beacon the views of golden fields and blue sea were stunning. Having absorbed the scenery in all directions we then descended to the edge of Firle where we rested before taking the old coach road above Charleston Farm to Bo-Peep Farm.From here there only remained the long slow climb back to the car park. On the high ground we met sheep, cows,a few other walkers, cyclists and horse riders, and lower down enjoyed a wide range of wild flowers in the hedgerows.We had perfect weather and the best time of day to enjoy it on foot. The walk was led by Joyce and John.


Forest Row to Hartfield - Wednesday 23 July 2008
Thirteen members joined the walk on what promised to be a clear hot day. In the event it was rather warm, humid and overcast. We set off for Hartfield at 10:15 taking Vanguard Way north-east along Consiron Lane and continued east on the High Weald Landscape Trail down into Hartfield, arriving at 12:15. Lunch was enjoyed at either one of the local pubs or a picnic on the village green or the memorial garden. Hartfield was indeed a village in bloom, a very pretty and colourful sight with the backdrop of the old buildings. We left Hartfield at 1:30 to return to Forest Row via Forest Way, the disused railway line. So it was three and a half miles of level walking under the shade of the overhanging trees arriving back at approximately 3:30. An easy nine mile walk with lovely views over the weald in dry summer conditions was led by Michael.


Wiston - Sunday 13 July 2008
Our walk started at the Red Lion Tavern in the southern part of Ashington in West Sussex, near the A24 junction. It was dry and sunny, but not too hot, ideal for walking. Our 5 miles walk started heading North on a footpath that wasn’t shown on any map, since it ran alongside a new housing estate. Then we crossed the A24 on a bridge into woodland and two farms, reaching a metalled by-way, now heading South. A big heap of compost in one place stopped this quiet road to be misused by 4x4’s. This led us to the main road from Wiston to Ashington, which we had to follow for half a mile, until in Wiston we could turn right onto a footpath, heading across farmland to Upper Chancton Farm. On the last leg, the official footpath was overgrown with nettles, but fortunately a driveway running parallel would take us to the next footpath junction with a now clear path back to Ashington. A well-deserved Sunday Roast served quickly awaited those of us who enjoy socialising after the walk.


Around Alfriston - Sunday 29 June 2008
22 members and the dog Bramble set off from the Sussex Ox to complete a 5 mile circular walk on Sunday. The weather was bright but not too warm, just right for walking. The walk took us towards Alfriston using footpaths across fields until we came to Lullington Road. Crossing over and heading for the river we walked along to White Bridge where we crossed back over the river. It was then up hill across more wheat fields towards Windover Hill. Just after the water tank we turned left where we had a coffee break in the lee of the hill out of the wind. Then it was an almost immediate turn to the right to pick up the path beneath the Long Man. We followed the contour of the hill until the path turned left and right. We took the left hand path down a chalky ravine to arrive at Wilmington Church. Looking back we had a good view of the Long Man. Walking under the ancient Yew tree we made our way across fields back to Milton Street and lunch at the Sussex Ox. As someone said, it was good to find a new walk around Alfriston since we have walked there a great deal. The walk was led by Gordon and Eileen


The Breakfast Walk - Wednesday 25 June 2008
Having arrived at Falmer railway station at about 7.15am, from Lewes, 18 of us went through the underpass below the A27. There were very few people in the vicinity of the university campus as we headed towards Falmer north village. Heading northwards we then passed the university athletics track and tennis courts. Leaving the Ridge Road we were soon in open country where there was a profusion of red poppies in parts of the adjacent fields. We could also hear many Skylarks protecting the position of their nests. By this time the clouds in the sky had begun to break up and the sun was shining through. We had clear views in all directions. Soon we joined the South Down Way which we followed until we were approaching Black Cap. We then headed eastwards to Black Cap for a coffee break, having crossed National Trust land, where many sheep were grazing. We did not stop very long because we were going to have breakfast in Lewes. In this area we had further glorious views northwards. Heading southeastwards we passed Mount Harry and the racecourse buildings before we reached the A275 by Wallands School. It was then a short walk into Lewes to the Needlemakers, which was our breakfast venue. Altogether 15 of us had a very enjoyable breakfast before we broke up to go our various ways for the rest of the day. “The breakfast walk” was led by Jill and Graham.


Bolney Walk Report - Sunday 15 June 2008
Just off the busy A23, lying in the High Weald, Bolney is, according to Pevsner, surrounded by some quite interesting farmhouses. It is also surrounded by some very pretty countryside, sufficiently undulating to be both pleasing to the eye and taxing on the legs. Striking north we joined the High Weald Landscape Trail. An estate or farm track is carried over the path on a bridge, resulting in an atmospheric tunnel to walk through. It is not clear why the track should have been taken over the path on a bridge that would have cost money to construct.

When walking in the Weald, High or Low, it is very likely that mud will be encountered and it was. Such is the average Sunday walker's desire to avoid having to clean muddy boots, that much effort was expended carefully stepping around the one muddy part of the walk. The route took us to Warninglid through many green fields, some with horses in, and over many stiles, mostly in good repair. As we got higher the views back to The Downs became more extensive. By rights, the walk back to Bolney should have been down hill all the way, but geographical features are not as obvious as that. We seemed to climb more often than we descended, very odd. Walking along a road, the warning shout of "car" produced a vintage car, circa 1910, possibly left over from the London Brighton run that had made short work of climbing a pretty steep hill. And it had a proper horn. The Eight Bells pub were exemplary hosts and the only bad part of the outing was the tedious drive back down the A23 with a three mile tailback from the by-pass, presumably made worse by all the cars going to Brighton to pick up bikes that had just completed the London to Brighton bike ride. Why could they not have ridden back, if they are that fit? Fourteen of us walked, Hilda did the leading.


Kings Standing and Ashdown Forest - Sunday 1 June 2008

Our walk started at King’s Standing Car Park in Ashdown Forest on the B2026, near the rod junction to Groombridge and close to the Radio Mast. It was dry and overcast, but rainfall the previous night meant that some paths were slippery, especially the hilly parts. Our walk, just over 5 miles, followed the Vanguard Way southeast towards Poundgate, where we crossed the A26 and left Ashdown Forest. The walk continued south along fields and woodland towards Strood House Farm, still on the Vanguard Way. There we doubled back towards Bamsgate Manor and back into Ashdown Forest, joining the Wealdway towards Duddleswell. After negotiating the busy crossroads, we reached Camp Hill in a few hundred yards, with a magnificent view towards Old Lodge. The last leg of the walk was about a mile along the Wealdway then up to the starting point and a welcome Ice-Cream Van in our car park. The walk was lead by Wolfgang.


Bishopstone to Lewes - Sunday 18 May 2008
The walk on Sunday 18 May was billed as "hilly" and "all day". Hilly was correct but the fourteen walkers who completed the nine and a half mile trek were back in Lewes by quarter past three. Hills? No problem! And the views from the top of the hills were all there in profusion. Back towards the sea to catch the ferry steaming out of Newhaven. Along the coast to Seaford Head and the Seven Sisters beyond. Over the Valley of the River Ouse to Piddinghoe and the outskirts of Peacehaven. Across the Downs and the various Bottoms. That was before we reached the top near the Beddingham Radio Masts and the panorama, looking north over The Weald, opened up before us. The weather helped, it was clear skies as far as the eye could see and we could see a very long way. We had a leisurely start to the outing, most of us meeting at Lewes train station for the journey to Bishopstone. In all eighteen of us walked up to Bishopstone village, past the pretty church and climbed the ridge behind to enjoy a coffee stop and the first of the views. Dropping down into Norton, we walked up the wonderfully named Poverty Bottom and then began the steady climb to the summit and lunch, sheltered from the cool east wind by some handily placed gorse bushes. When we reached Glynde, four of our number decided that there was more to life than walking up hills, however good the views, and managed to motor home. The rest of us tackled the climb out of Glynde with conviction, determined not to be outdone by the families out for a Sunday stroll with their young children. At the golf club we stopped to look at the view of Lewes before our final descent into Cliffe. Graham led the happy band.


Small Dole and Fulking - Wednesday 14 May 2008
Wednesday 14 May 2008 favoured us with perfect walking weather; warm but not too hot with just the hint of a breeze. Nineteen of us set off from Small Dole for a gentle, level walk over field paths and meadows, everywhere looking fresh and green with the air filled with bird song. We started by climbing gently to a quiet residential road then turned onto an enclosed footpath and open fields towards the farm at South Tottingham Sands. We descended over a meadow and a couple of plank bridges to emerge on a drive leading to Oreham Manor. Turning left over a stile, we climbed to the top of a field, then entered a short section of woodland. On leaving the tree cover we crossed several meadows, where horses were grazing peacefully, and enjoyed wonderful views of the downs up ahead of us. We passed Lower Edburton Barn then made our way on a partly surfaced track alongside fields of rape towards Perching Sands Farm. We took our coffee break near a fast flowing brook before setting off again towards Fulking. Our path took us to just below the main street at Fulking but we resisted the temptation to visit the Shepherd and Dog and continued back downhill, through a paddock and then across two open fields, skirting the north of Perching Hovel Wood. We continued, parallel to the downs, across fields, over stiles and plank bridges until we entered Longlands Wood. A couple of weeks ago the track had been almost impassable because of deep mud, but the recent fine weather had worked its magic and we were able to keep our feet dry. The walk finished briefly beside the perimeter fence of an industrial estate then we were back in the recreational field encountered on the outward route. Most of us enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Fox public house. The walk was led by Janet.


Medway Valley Walk - Sunday 4 May 2008
31 members spent the Sunday 4 May in the Medway Valley, Kent. Travelling by coach first to East Farleigh, near Maidstone to set down 9 members to complete the 14-mile Medway Valley Walk led by Jill and Graham King. The coach proceeded to Aylesford Priory where coffee was taken before a further 15 members led by Bert Sharp undertook a shorter walk of only eight miles following the same route to Rochester. The coach took the remaining 7 members to Rochester to spend the day visiting many interesting features of the city. Finally all the party boarded the coach for a delightful journey home arriving in Lewes at 7pm. A full report of the walk was published in Sussex Express on 9 May. The two pictures, thanks to Hilda Heap, tell the story: On the left “Us? Tired? Never!” and on the right “8 miles? 12 miles? Nothing!”.




Ringmer, Barcombe Mills, Ringmer - Wednesday 30 April 2008

The weather was not looking good on Wednesday 30 April 2008. It was raining hard at 9am and we were due to catch the 9.37am bus to Ringmer. It was probably the weather put people off with the result that only four people enjoyed the walk, and enjoy it we did. It looked black as we set off across the Green at Ringmer to pick up our first path across fields to take us to Broyle Side, but the rain held off although it was muddy underfoot on the Ringmer clay. After a few hundred yards of road we picked up the footpath towards Little Norlington walking through a wood covered in bluebells - such a pretty sight and such a wonderful smell as we entered the wood. We crossed the road and picked up a muddy track, then a footpath across fields to Clayhill House and hence across the busy A26. We skirted the pumping station at Barcombe reservoir and made our wayto the car park at Barcombe Mills. Footpaths across fields led us to Upper Willingham and then to The Cock Inn on the A26. Crossing the road carefully, we went across fields sticky and slippery with clay to rejoin Norlington Lane. The final footpath led us back to the top of the Green at Ringmer and so to catch the bus back to Lewes. One brief shower was all we had so those that were put off by the weather missed a good, flat if rather muddy walk which was led by Gordon as Sue is still recovering from a broken foot.


Partridge Green - Sunday 20 April 2008

16 members took part in a circular walk around Shermanbury on a pleasant sunny morning on Sunday 20 April. They were joined by two dogs from a house close to the starting point that were reluctant to return home and instead stayed with the group for the whole of the 6 mile walk. From the car park near Shermanbury Bridge the group passed Shermanbury Place, with its gated entrance, and Ewhurst Manor before making its way past The Hangers into Waymarks Wood where a coffee stop was taken. The route then skirted the Partridge Green playing fields to pick up the Downs Link long distance footpath on the closed railway line that ran between Shoreham and Horsham. After crossing the river Adur at Betley Bridge the walkers returned to the car park via Cibses Cottage.


Lewes to Falmer - Wednesday 16 April 2008

Tuesday 16 April was a fine sunny morning when 16 walkers and one guest from North London gathered at North Road car park for the trek to Falmer. We set off and picked up four more of our group in Hill Road and Neville Road. Our route took us up to the old racecourse and from there we carried on towards Black Cap, where we stopped for our usual coffee break. We set off again and at the bottom of the hill we took the path on the left towards Falmer. This path used to be a year round mud bath but has now been levelled off with chalk – a big improvement. The scenery was beautiful as many sheep with new lambs were enjoying the sun. How lucky we are to have all this on own doorsteps! We arrived at The Swan at Falmer where we were made very welcome with the usual good pub food. A bus ride back to Lewes completed our day. Joan led the walk.



Greenwich Meridian Trail. Linear Walk from Peacehaven to Greenwich - 6th to 12th April, 2008
Sunday - Peacehaven to Lewes - The day started in sun and ended in snow.Walking up Telscombe Tye with the snow blowing full in our faces was ghastly, but the warmth of Telscombe YHA revived our spirits. A late lunch at Iford Church provided us with the energy to get back to Lewes. We all agreed it had been some adventure and the snow looked beautiful. Monday - Lewes to The Sloop - The views from Landport Bottom back to the Downs covered in snow, were stunning in the sunshine. Down on The Weald, around Barcombe, Chailey and Newick, we ploughed our way through the mud enjoying the typically pleasant Sussex countryside to finish at The Sloop. Tuesday - The Sloop to East Grinstead - More sunshine and mud, but it was the hills that made this a tiring day. Ashdown Forest is 200 metres above sea-level. Getting up there was a steady climb. We were all grateful for our lunch looking north towards East Grinstead and the North Downs beyond. Skirting Weir Wood Reservoir, glinting in the sun, the final climb up to East Grinstead was rewarded by afternoon tea. Thursday - East Grinstead to Oxted - At East Court there are two Meridian markers, the best is a large lump of local Ironstone weighing 11.5 tons. Easy walking took us to Lingfield and thence on to Crowhurst for lunch in the churchyard with its 4,000 year old Yew. On our way to Oxted we inadvertently mislaid two of our party, but happily not for long. Although a short day we were all rather tired at the end. Friday - Oxted to Bromley - This was the hardest day. Walking up the North Downs with heavier than usual rucksacks took its toll, but the views at the top were far and wide. Coming off the Downs we saw London for the first time in the distance. Lunch at New Addington was curtailed by a hailstorm, fortunately short-lived. We walked through woods and fields before finally reaching suberbia at West Wickham. After too much walking on pavements we arrived at our hotel in Bromley and a welcome jacuzzi. Saturday - Bromley to Greenwich - Believe it or not, this was a pleasant walk through the outskirts of London. Firstly, we made use of the Green Chain Walk, then the banks of the Pool and Ravensbourne rivers, which ultimately led us to a noisy and busy Lewisham. We quickly moved on to Blackheath and into Greenwich Park in time to see the 1 o'clock ball drop. Photographs were taken of us straddling the Meridian Line in front of the Royal Observatory - the goal of our expedition
For a detailed report of each day please read on.

Day One Sunday 6 April . This 8-mile walk was also the first day of a six-day walk following the Greenwich Meridian. It turned out to be a singular walk. Most of the twenty walkers who met at Lewes Train Station seemed to have blithely ignored the weather forecast for snow. Snow? What snow? The sun was shining, the temperature mild. The question was "will I be too hot?" After a train ride to Newhaven followed by a bus ride to Peacehaven, we arrived at the monument to King George V, which sits on the Prime Meridian. The snow can be seen in the picture of the walkers posing under the monument. At first a few flakes then came the wind, soon we were in a blizzard! The climb out of Peacehaven, up Telscombe Tye, was the worst part of the walk. Nearly a mile of unremitting climbing in the teeth of a bitter northerly wind with snow straight into one's face. Oh the joys of a Sunday stroll. The welcome warmth of the youth hostel in Telscombe made for a civilised coffee stop but all too soon we were out in the weather again. A nother climb, steeper but shorter, up Mill Hill and more blizzard conditions as we traversed the top of the Downs on The South Downs Way. Dropping down into the Ouse valley we dragged ourselves to Iford where

an urgent need for food was met whilst huddled in the church porch. Out of the wind at last. The countryside by now was covered in snow and looked dazzling, if only it had been possible to enjoy it more. The footpath from Iford to Lewes passes the sewage works, which managed to make itself known in the olfactory department. From there a narrow and unpleasant path takes one to the meadows below Lewes where the path runs by the rugby pitches before diving under the by-pass and back to suburbia. A dash through the grounds of The Priory ruins, by the station and up to the Castle completed the days exertions. And it was still snowing. Truly a walk to remember. Hilda and Graham organised the walk but deny responsibility for the weather. Our thanks to Graham who followed the instructions.

Day Two Monday 7 April. What a difference a day makes. The sky was clear and blue, the sun was shining and it felt good. Those of us who were carrying on up the Greenwich Meridian Trail met in Lewes and a commerative photograph was taken of us straggling the Prime Meridian plaque in the pavement outside Gocher's shop. Setting off up Spital Road behind the prison we soon climbed to Landport Bottom, the site of the Battle of Lewes in 1264. The views, in the bright sunshine, of the still snow-covered hills around were spectacular. Dropping down into Offham we continued round the Hamsey where we joined the Sussex Ouse Valley Way leading to Barcombe Church and a coffee stop with lovely views back across the Ouse Valley. Passing through woods on our way to Barcombe Cross

we were delighted to see Wood Anemonies, Primsroses and emerging Bluebells covering the woodland floor. Despite numerous encounters with sticky Wealden mud we made steady progress towards Chailey and Newick. Vibrant orange muddy pools passed along the way are evidence of the iron deposits that were once so important in this part of the world. North of Newick, at Lane End Common. we crossed the line of the Meridan where it is marked by a small monument placed there in 1953 by Ivor Grantham, Lord of the Manor of Balneath. Crossing the A275, we continued north past Wapsbourne Manor, through Wapsbourne Wood where much coppicing has been done and soon arrived at The Sloop. The coach, arranged to take us home, arrived shortly after. As we arrived in Lewes, the rain that had threatened us all day briefly fell.

Day Three Tuesday 8 April. Plenty of sun. Plenty of hills. And plenty of mud. This sums up a most enjoyable, if occasionally taxing, day's walk. First the sun. It was shining as we set off. In the middle of the day the clouds got together in a way that presaged rain but they seemed to lose interest and dispersed. Sun tan had to be applied. From The Sloop we headed for Danehill. The clue is in the name, the first of rather a lot of hills. For most of the party of 14 the views at the top were worth the climb. Lastly mud, glorious mud. This is The Weald and the one thing it does well is sticky, clay mud in abundance. Coffee was again taken sitting outside a church, this time at Danehill. Then we carried on through several woods along paths of varying muddiness until we reached Ashdowne Forest. The Forest lies on a ridge, we are not talking Everest here, but when your legs are tired climbing to nearly 200 metres takes its toll. An urgent need to sit down happily coincided with the lunch stop near Goat car park, with huge views north towards East Grinstead and The North Downs. After lunch we followed a stream along a magical, secret valley before leaving The Forest through part of what's left of the Pale that used to surround the Royal Hunting Ground. Another climb took

the top of a ridge overlooking Weir Wood Reservoir, glinting in the sun, with Standon on the left and the tower of St Swithin's Church, East Grinstead, beyond. The most fun of the day was had on the footpath below the dam. A small pond is a more apt description. Constrained by fences, one covered in tangled brambles, there was no way out. an inelegant paddle was the only way forward. Some gritted their teeth, others just giggled. After that, the mud did not seem to be too bad. The last leg took us into East Grinstead, that surprise, surprise, is on the top of a hill. Climbing up Hermitage Lane was only possible because we knew that at the top would be a cup of tea and most welcome it was too.

Day Four Thursday 10 April. Less hilly, less muddy, more historical, just as sunny and just as enjoyable. Fourteen of us set off from East Grinstead after caressing the large chunk of ironstone in East Court, placed on the Meridian to celebrate the Millenium. East Grinstead recognises its position on the Prime Meridian with no less than six markers of varying elaboration. Dropping down through Alders Wood, which was a bit muddy but welcomed us with wood anenomes, we soon came to the massivly impressive iron railway viaduct across Cook's Pond. The pond was probably a pen pond for mills down stream but nobody knows where the name Cook comes from. The Meridian goes right through the middle. Walking up beside the railway took us to Dormans station and Mill Lane took us to Lingfield.

Coffee was taken in the grounds of Lingfield Church, a famous collegiate church built by Reginald de Cobham in 1431. The inside is rather splendid if you like that sort of thing. After some more walking we stopped for lunch in a churchyard, this time at Crowhurst. One of our party excelled herself by partly demolishing a large grave monument, the others could not help laughing too. A black cat appeared but that was probably a coincidence. The yew tree in the churchyard is said to be 4000 years old. It looks it. After lunch we passed a wood already full of bluebells and marsh marigolds and came across a lamb that could not have been more than a few minutes old. In no time at all it was on its feet, off its feet, on its feet and looking hungry. Then we lost two people who were so busy nattering they did not realise they were lost until they did. There again, the main party did not realise they were not present for quite a long time. Where was the back marker? A farmer appeared with his dog but he had no idea where our lost sheep were. The full complement made it to the end in Oxted, which only has two meridian markers, but not before one lady elegantly went down on her knees in a load of very yellow cow slurry. If there was a smell in the bus on the way home, nobody said.

Day Five Friday 11 April.Ten tried and tested survivors were transported to the foothills of the North Downs, on the outskirts of Oxted, by John, our ever patient and helpful driver for the week. Bidding him a final farewell, we headed for the noise of the M25. We felt smug looking down on all those poor people stressed out, rushing somewhere in their noisy vehicles. We were a bit less smug when we were struggling up the south face of the North Downs. It is steep. So we took it slowly. We had no choice. It really is steep. From the top you can look back and see the ridge of Ashdown Forest in the far distance. As we ate lunch on Tuesday in Ashdown Forest, we were looking north at the mountains we had just conquered. It felt good. Coffee was taken overlooking a pleasant, steep sided little valley used by the horse riding fraternity.

After coffee, we had to tackle those steep sides. The ease of strolling down into the valley below is always spoiled, just a little bit, by the thought of having to climb out again! Some of us felt sorry for the horses that are ridden up and down these precipitous hills and made to jump over things. Although the sun was mostly 'out', the wind on the top had a real bite to it. It is at this point of the walk that we saw London for the first time. At Chelsham Court Farm, a panorama of London was spread out beyond, from the arch of the new Wembley Stadium on the left across to the spikes of the Millennium Dome on the right, with the "Gherkin" and Canary Wharf prominent. The route of the walk "flirts" with suburbia. One minute we were in the middle of New Addington, the next minute we were in the middle of a wood. A noisy trudge through Coney Hall was followed by a quiet clamber up West Wickham Common. Owned by the Corporation of London, it has earthworks at the top of unknown origin. The peace of Hayes Common contrasts with the bustle of Bromley, reached after a tedious walk through the back streets of Hayes. By now legs were getting very tired. Pounding pavements is hard on the feet. Rucksacks were weighing us down. Why were we doing this? For some of us, it was for the spa bath at Bromley Court Hotel, annoyingly sited at the top of a hill, but never has the end of a walk been more welcome. (Except, perhaps on Sunday, in all that snow.) After a soak in the Jacuzzi, pre-prandial drinks in the bar, where the barman showed off with a neat trick of tossing an ice cube in the air and catching it in a glass behind his back, we enjoyed our celebratory dinner. Certificates of Achievement (should that have been Endurance?) were awarded.

Day Six Saturday 12 April.The day would have got off to a good start following the much anticipated full English Breakfast, had one of the walk organisers not lost his mobile. The group were patiently sitting in the foyer; the phone could not be found anywhere. So we set off without it. The first part of the day's walk followed the Green Chain Walk. A mile later the hotel phoned to tell us that it had been found. For his carelessness the owner of the phone had to walk back to retrieve it. By this time, we were approaching Beckenham Place Park and hearing the unmistakable sound of a woodpecker. We soon spotted it in a nearby tree. In the park itself we heard the screeches of the now free flying flocks of Indian Ring-necked Parakeets. The woods are delightful and are well used by dog walkers.

Woods are also good places to briefly lose two members of the group. After passing the fine paladian house of Beckenham Place we left the park to walk 200 yards down a busy main road before turning right down Stumps Hill Lane which led us to the grounds of Kent Cricket Club. One of the party mentioned a 'famous' tree on the cricket pitch, but we couldn't see it. The next section of the route follows the landscaped path beside the River Pool where a drink stop was taken beside an elegant arched blue metal bridge. It was a good vantage point to look out for the reconnected organiser rushing to catch up. Walking through the suburbs of London, which could be less than wonderful, is made pleasant by following the Rivers Pool and Ravensbourne. The noisy hubbub at Catford, is relieved by the peace of Ladywell Park, but one cannot avoid road walking forever and Lewisham has to be endured before reaching the relative tranquility of Blackheath. By this time we were all feeling the effects of having walked 65 miles over the last 6 days which started in the depths of winter and ended in the sunshine of spring. The view over Greenwich from the Royal Observatory never fails to impress. Making our way through the observatory to the Meridian Line, we pushed aside the mere tourists for a final group photograph straddling the line. We had arrived. As we waited for the midday ball to drop the rain began to fall on us, we were not dismayed. After it dropped we checked our watches and went for lunch and then home by train. Hilda and Graham Heap organised the trip but special thanks go to Graham King who led from the front, following the instructions soon to be included in the guide book to The Greenwich Meridian Trail.



Ditchling and Lower Standean - Tuesday 1 April 2008
Despite the foul weather eight members set out for a 5¼ mile walk over the downs on Tuesday 1st April. As we drove up towards our start point at Ditchling Beacon car park the mist was getting thicker with visibility going down to a few yards. From Ditchling beacon our route took us south along the ridge for ½ mile; the views would have been marvellous had we been able to see beyond the edge of the path. But as we dropped down in the valley at North Bottom the sun broke through the clouds, the wind dropped and we all felt a lot better. For a while we were led by a flock of sheep that took exception to our walking through their pastures. On reaching the isolated buildings at Lower Standean we took an early refreshment break before heading on past the golf course and on to Jack and Jill Windmills. The final third of our walk took us along the South Downs Way with views over Ditchling, Hassocks, Burgess Hill and beyond. A splendid way to spend a Tuesday morning away from domestic chores, thanks to Keith who led the walk.


Walk West of Steyning - Monday 24 March 2008
On Easter Monday, on a clear, sunny but very cold morning, 16 members parked in the car park below Chanctonbury Ring, ready for a morning walk. We were encouraged by the Met.Office’s own web forecast of a bright sunny day: by 11.00am clouds were threatening, then spots of rain by 12.00, and heavy rain with snow by the afternoon. At first we stayed below the Downs, walking along a footpath which later became Mouse Lane, leading eastwards towards Steyning. The way was flat, albeit muddy in parts, and the hedgerows were lined with primroses and violets, with the occasional bluebell beginning to show a splash of colour. We walked past the fine Tudor building of Wiston House, first described in the Domesday Book in 1086, built for William de Broase. Near Charlton Court we turned south and began the long and steep climb up through the wooded bostal until we reached the ridge, where our path joined the South Downs Way. On a clear day the views from here are magnificent. To the north, you can look across the gently undulating farmland of the Sussex Weald towards Horsham. And to the south, one could have seen the coastline from Brighton to Bognor, with the water of the English Channel stretching into the distance, and the gothic spires of Lancing College with its Chapel occupying a closer centre stage. But not today. We walked westwards along the ridge almost to Chanctonbury Ring, a hilltop enclosure dating from c.800-600 B.C. and looked up the hill to what is left of the famous ring of trees planted by Charles Goring in 1760 This was decimated by the storm of 1987, but now replanted with new beech trees by the present Goring family. After what had been a stimulatingly windy walk along this section of the South Downs Way, we made our way down the slippery chalk path back to the car park, before driving to the Star Inn at Steyning for a delicious and well-earned lunch.


Albourne Meander - Sunday 9 March 2008
Sunday’s walk, led by Janet, started from Blackstone Lane near Albourne. 17 of us set off in mild, breezy weather and enjoyed welcome bursts of sunshine throughout the walk as well as being greeted everywhere by primroses, daffodils and narcissi We followed a path beside paddocks then close to Woodmancote Place entered woodland which in a few weeks time would be glorious with bluebells. We encountered several plank bridges and muddy tracks before passing Bylsborough House and on to our coffee stop near a stream. Here we were disturbed by people shooting very close by which also startled three horses in a neighbouring field who galloped up and down wildly. So we didn’t loiter but pressed on over a footbridge and past a small lake to cross a stile beside Morley Farm. We soon turned in a southerly direction and followed the footpath for a mile or so down to Blackstone. Here two members of our group were able to follow the lane back to their car while the rest of us continued to a pleasant picnic spot where we enjoyed the sunshine as we ate. After lunch we continued across fields before descending to a minor road where we passed the entrance to Albourne Place before taking a footpath almost hidden in the trees. We passed a couple of fishing lakes then followed the path to St Bartholomew church at Albourne. We went through the churchyard then turned in a westerly direction not going into Albourne itself. After passing through the farm buildings at Albourne Place Farm the group continued along a minor road and footpath past Wick Farm and Oakfield Cottage Then across a couple of fields to bring us back to Blackstone Lane. For the last 15 minutes the sky had been getting very dark and halfway across the last field it began to hail, but by speeding up we were able to reach our cars without getting too wet.


Newick Circular Walk - Tuesday 4 March 2008
Nine members enjoyed an interesting 7½-mile circular walk from Newick on Tuesday 4th March. We caught the number 121 bus to Newick from Lewes Bus Station at 9:28am. From Newick village green we took the lane to the church where we turned right onto the footpath that runs behind the school. For the next mile we walked paths in a southerly direction, negotiating some deep mud in several places, and at one point the path actually runs through the garden of a large house. At Tutts Farm we watched the cows queuing to enter the milking sheds; then headed in a southeast direction for two miles to reach the River Ouse near Isfield at our halfway point. We walked beside the river for three quarters of a mile spending time to view the weir and the site of Isfield Lock. After a short stop sitting out of the wind to eat our picnic lunches we took the path to Founthill a pretty hamlet on the outskirts of Newick. We followed the lane for the final stretch into Newick and another refreshment break before catching the bus back to Lewes just after 2pm. The walk was planned by Sue and led by Keith on the day.


Tilgate Forest - Wednesday 20 February 2008
Fourteen walkers enjoyed a varied six-mile circular walk in forests near Crawley on Wednesday 20 February. The first part of the walk took us through part of Tilgate Park with good views of its lake and wild birds. On entering Tilgate Forest, beyond a footbridge over the M23, we were intrigued to see a radio mast camouflaged as a tree. Next came Oldhouse Warren, which we entered from a bridge over the London to Brighton railway, and the steepest part of the walk to well earned refreshment stop. Moving on we had the spectacular view of a large herd of deer running across our path. A short stretch of difficult road walking brought us to the entrance to Worth Abbey School where we turned and walked through Worth Forest towards the outskirts of Crawley. A complete change of scenery as we crossed back over the M23, skirted the southern end of the Maidenbower housing complex and crossed back over the railway line. Our final stretch passed through Tilgate Forest Golf Club and Tilgate Park returning to our starting point near the lake. Bert planned the walk and Robert lead the walk on the day.


Chiddingley - Wednesday 23 January 2008
The walk was shortened because of the continuing muddy conditions. U Under grey skies, 25 members accompanied by Ringo, a Persil-white dog, started from the large car park near Chiddingly Church. The Church boasts an unusual stone steeple, some 128 feet high, one of only three in Sussex. We began by following the Vanguard Way north till we reached a lane, which we took in preference to avoid the mud. Along the lane there was much evidence of fox or badger burrowing on the sandy banks between tree roots. We rejoined the Vanguard Way east of HoldenÕs Farm and followed it along Clarklye Farm drive to cross stiles into fields of ewes-in-lamb, and round a deserted caravan park. While we clambered and struggled over the slippery stiles, Ringo ignored the dog gates provided, and jumped straight over. We stopped briefly for a coffee break on the edge of Broomfield Wood with distant views of the Downs. Passing through Gray Wood, the path brought us out at The Quadrangle, where we parted from the Vanguard Way and turned SW along a lane towards Great Ailies Farm. Here there were snowdrops, early daffodils and celandines already in flower on the roadside banks. Where the Wealdway coming from East Hoathly crossed the lane, we turned SE through agate and followed this well-marked long-distance footpath across several fields with Sussex cattle and calves watching our progress with interest, as we negotiated considerable mud and puddles at every field gate. Without mishap, however, we eventually reached a track through FrithÕs Farm which curved back to the road to Chiddingly. We stopped to admire the magnificently restored Elizabethan manor house, Chiddingly Place. But distant views of the spire of Chiddingly Church beckoned us on along the lane back to the car park, and lunch for some in the cosy warmth of the village pub. The walk was led by Hazel.


Ditchling - wednesday 16 January 2008
Despite exceptionally wet and windy weather the previous day, the planned walk for Wednesday, 16th January was able to go ahead in bright sunshine. Twenty six walkers left from the Mid Sussex Golf Club in Spatham Lane, Ditchling for a pre-lunch walk of around four miles. It was so wet that the course had been closed but fortunately the flooding had subsided sufficiently for the bridges over various streams to be clear and passable. The walk began by following a signed path across the course in a north easterly direction to reach a bridleway. Here we turned left and soon crossed a fast-flowing stream, most making use of the bridge but one or two hardy ( or foolish?) souls wading through! Having passed under the railway, we continued northwards through a wood to a stile on the right. From here, by way of fields and crossing a couple of lanes, we reached Shergolds Farm, where a track led us once more under the railway. We were now walking south and we continued in this direction to Streat. Here was an opportunity to stretch the legs on a section of road walking - a brief respite from the mud - before turning off once more across the fields to return to the starting point. Now it was time to change out of muddy boots and clothes, feeling very virtuous and convincing ourselves that the mud had been a good way of exercising the leg muscles. We were soon joined by other members of the Group and more than fifty of us sat down to enjoy the excellent food provided for our annual New Year Lunch. This had once again been organised by Bert. The walk was led by Jill.


Stanmer - Wednesday 26 December 2007
Ten walkers left the starting point in Stanmer village on Boxing Day for a six mile circular walk to Ditchling Beacon. The group was surprisingly small given the wonderfully bright and crisp weather, but many were no doubt entertaining family or friends or found the early start difficult after the excesses of Christmas Day. The walk, led by Graham and Jill, began with a steep ascent and made use of several public paths established by Brighton and Hove City Council within the last year or two. Very soon there were wonderful views and varied expanses of woodland and downland valley to admire and the distant drone of traffic on the A27 was left far behind. The first section of the walk concluded with a steady climb to reach the South Downs Way. From this point, to Ditchling Beacon and beyond, all was hustle and bustle with many groups out enjoying the fresh air, cars overflowing from the car park and even an ice cream van. Tranquillity was restored once again when we turned off to Heathy Brow across high open downland and on to cross the busy Ditchling Beacon road once more. From here, mainly woodland paths led gently downhill back to onto a hard track and Stanmer village. All the walkers then proceeded to the leader's house for seasonal refreshments.


Rodmell - Wednesday 12 December 2007
On a beautiful, crisp and cold winter morning 16 of us gathered for a walk starting at the car park at Rodmell. From there we climbed into bright sunlight on the top of the Downs and admired the illuminated and misty landscape all around us. We descended sharply to Cricketing Bottom where we took the track which led us back to the Newhaven road. We crossed carefully and took a welcome break on the Green by Southease Church. We proceeded to the river and returned by a pleasant stroll along the bank and back to the car park at Rodmell. This walk had been postponed because of bad weather in June, but a six month wait was worth the delay for a perfect winter day. The walk was led by John and Joyce


Kingston - Tuesday 27 November 2007
The walk on Tuesday 27th November, advertised as being to Pevensey Levels, did not take place as it was without a leader. Instead Jill King led the group of thirteen members on a local circular walk to Kingston. This was Walk 5 taken from the Group's publication 'Favourite walks in and around Lewes'. Having reached Kingston by way of Juggs Lane, four walkers decided to return directly to Lewes while the remainder of the group braved the murky weather and mud to climb up to reach the South Downs Way. After a brief pause to regain our breathe and have some refreshment, we continued for a while along the ridge before descending to Swanborough via Drencher Road. There was then a somewhat muddy field to cross to reach a concrete track before following a narrow path back towards Lewes. On the final section alongside the Cockshut Stream we were accompanied by two inquisitive horses who galloped off as we left them and made our way under the by-pass to reach our starting point.


Index of Walk Reports
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·         A Seaford Stroll - Sunday 15 December 2013

·         Rodmell Iford South Downs Way - Sunday 1 December 2013

·         Ashurst Wood - Tuesday 26 November 2013

·         Crowlink - Sunday 17 November 2013

·         Cooksbridge to Chailey - Wednesday 13 November 2013

·         Chiddingly - Sunday 3 November 2013

·         Rushlake Green - Tuesday 29 October 2013

·         Ipswich, Suffolk - 4 to 7 October 2013

·         High Hurstwood - Tuesday 1 October 2013

·         Lewes Circular Sunday 22 September 2013

·         Woodmancote - Wednesday 18 September 2013

·         Puttenham or Shalford to Shere - Sunday 8 September 2013

·         South Chailey to Isfield or lewes - Tuesday 3 September 2013

·         Fletching - Monday 26 August 2013

·         Rushlake Green, Warbleton, Vines Cross - Tuesday 20 August 2013

·         Rottingdean - Wednesday 11 August 2013

·         East Hoathly - Wednesday 7 August 2013

·         Jevington and Lullington Heath - Sunday 28 July 2013

·         Arundel - Wednesday 24 July 2013

·         Bury Hill or Slindon Common to East Dean - Wednesday 10 July 2013

·         Hassocks - Sunday 30 June 2013

·         Patcham to Lewes - Wednesday 26 June 2013

·         Evening Walk Lewes & Kingston - Saturday 15 June 2013

·         Buxted - Monday 27 May 2013

·         Five ash Down and Little Horsted - Sunday 19 May 2013

·         Newhaven & Piddinghoe - Wednesday 1 May 2013

·         Burwash - Monday 21 April 2013

·         Blackboys - Monday 1 April 2013

·         Lewes to Glynde or Berwick Station - Sunday 24 March 2013

·         Springtime at Wakehurst - Tuesday 19 March 2013

·         Holtye - Sunday 10 March 2013

·         Cuckfield - Wednesday 6 March 2013

·         Rushlake Green - Sunday 24 February 2013

·         Cuckmere Valley - Tuesday 19 February 2013

·         Firle - Sunday 10 February 2013

·         Lewes - Wednesday 6 February 2013

·         Ashdown Forest - Sunday 27 January 2013

·         Stanmer Park - Tuesday 16 January 2013

·         Brighton-Rottingdean-Lewes - Sunday 13 January 2013

·         Withyham - Wednesday 9 January 2013


·         Malling Hill & The Combe - Wednesday 26 December 2012

·         Ardingly & Balcombe - Wednesday 12 December 2012

·         Laughton - Sunday 2 December 2012

·         Chelwood Gate - Wednesday 27 November 2012

·         Ditchling - Wednesday 18 November 2012

·         Findon and Chanctonbury Ring - Wednesday 14 November 2012

·         Hartfield & Pooh Bridge - Sunday 4 November 2012

·         Waldron - Sunday 21 October 2012

·         Alfriston & Wilmington - Sunday 7 October 2012

·         The Weald around Newick - Tuesday 2 October 2012

·         Lewes to A27, Housedean - Sunday 23 September 2012

·         Broad Oak, Heathfield - Wednesday 19 September 2012

·         Sandwich to St Margaret's Bay and Walmer Castle - Sunday 9 September 2012

·         Bishopstone - Tuesday 4 September 2012

·         Firle - Monday 27 August 2012

·         The Plumpton Path - Wednesday 22 August 2012

·         East Hoathly - Sunday 19 August 2012

·         Evening Walk Arlington Resevoir & Supper - Tuesday 7 August 2012

·         Ditchling Beacon - Sunday 29 July 2012

·         Three Oaks to Winchelsea - Wednesday 25 July 2012

·         Around Beachy Head - Sunday 14 July 2012

·         Sissinghurst Castle - Tuesday 10 July 2012

·         Figure of 8: Steyning am Bramber pm - Sunday 1 July 2012

·         Evening Walk Lewes to Mount Caburn to Lewes - Tuesday 26 June 2012

·         Eridge - Sunday 17 June 2012

·         Amberley - Wednesday 13 June 2012

·         Chailey Breakfast Walk - Saturday 2 June 2012

·         Devils Dyke - Sunday 20 May 2012

·         Gun Hill - Wednesday 16 May 2012

·         Isfield - Monday 7 May 2012

·         Pevensey Castle & Rickney - Tuesday 1 May 2012

·         Hadlow Down - Sunday 22 April 2012

·         Upper Dicker - Wednesday 18 April 2012

·         Horndean to East or West Meon - Sunday 15 April 2012

·         Wivelsfield Green - Monday 9 April 2012

·         Falmer to Rottingdean - Tuesday 3 April 2012

·         Vines Cross - Sunday 25 March 2012

·         Crowborough to Eridge Station - Wednesday 21 March 2012

·         Berwick Figure of Eight - Sunday 11 March 2012

·         Alfriston - Tuesday 6 March 2012

·         Hellingly - Sunday 26 February 2012

·         Newhaven to Peacehaven to Piddinghoe to Newhaven - Wednesday 22 February 2012

·         Horam - Sunday 12 February 2012

·         Crosspost/Bolney - Tuesday 7 February 2012

·         Balsdean (Walk 4) - Sunday 29 January 2012

·         Horstead Keynes - Sunday 15 January 2012

·         Around Ditchling Beacon - Sunday 1 January 2012


·         Plumpton - Wednesday 7 December 2011

·         Steyning - Sunday 27 November 2011

·         Berwick to Polegate (Changed to Southease) - Tuesday 22 November 2011

·         Kingston - Sunday 13 November 2011

·         Fletching - Wednesday 18 November 2011

·         Fulking - Sunday 30 October 2011

·         Wicklands, Shortgate, Roes Hill, Isfield - Tuesday 25 October 2011

·         Harvest Moon Walk - Saturday 15 October 2011

·         Christ's Hospital and Itchingfield - Wednesday 12 October 2011

·         Nutley & Sheffield Forest - Sunday 2 October 2011

·         Newhaven to Alfriston - Wednesday 28 September 2011

·         Wivelsfield - Sunday 18 September 2011

·         Groombridge - Tuesday 13 September 2011

·         Cranbrook & Iden Green to Tenterden - Sunday 4 September 2011

·         Etchingham - Monday 29 August 2011

·         Ashdown Forest - Sunday 21 August 2011

·         Pulborough to Amberley - Tuesday 16 August 2011

·         Laughton - Sunday 7 August 2011

·         Litlington - Wednesday 3 August 2011

·         Barcombe - Tuesday 19 July 2011

·         Petworth and Canal Cruise - Wednesday 13 July 2011

·         Berwick - Saturday 9 July 2011

·         West St Leonards to Crowhurst - Wednesday 6 July 2011

·         Chailey Common with Supper - Tuesday 21 June 2011

·         West Hoathly - Sunday 12 June 2011

·         Early Morning Walk Around Ditchling - Wednesday 8 June 2011

·         Magham Down and Pevensey Levels - Wednesday 25 May 2011

·         Danehill - Sunday 15 May 2011

·         Patching - Tuesday 10 May 2011

·         Clayton - Monday 2 May 2011

·         Rodmell, Northease & Southese - Sunday 22 April 2011

·         Holmbury St Mary to Winkworth - Sunday 17 April 2011

·         Barcombe Cross, South Chailey Circular - Tuesday 12 April 2011

·         Gun Hill, Chiddingly - Sunday 3 April 2011

·         Bramber & Steyning - Wednesday 30 March 2011

·         Wineham - Sunday 20 March 2011

·         Hever to Cowden - Tuesday 15 March 2011

·         Newick to Isfield Half Way House - Wednesday 2 March 2011

·         Ringmer to Lewes - Sunday 20 February 2011

·         Ouse Valley Viaduct - Tuesday 15 February 2011

·         Asdown Forest - Sunday 6 February 2011

·         Jevington - Sunday 23 January 2011

·         Plumpton - Tuesday 18 January 2011

·         Crowlink - Sunday 9 January 2011

·         Wintry Walks - Christmas to New Year


·         Lewes to Ringmer in the Snow - Tuesday 21 December 2010

·         Around Ditchling - Wednesday 8 December 2010

·         Devil's Dyke - Sunday 28 November 2010

·         South Chailey to Ditchling - Tuesday 23 November 2010

·         East of Alfriston - Sunday 14 November 2010

·         Firle Beacon - Wednesday 10 November 2010

·         Waldron Woodland Wander - Sunday 31 October 2010

·         Horsham Riverside Walk - Tuesday 26 October 2010

·         Going Cuckoo in Hailsham - Sunday 17 October 2010

·         North of Mile Oak - Wednesday 13 October 2010

·         Folkington - Tuesday 28 September 2010

·         Uckfield - Sunday 19 September 2010

·         Norman's Bay - Wednesday 15 September 2010

·         Titchfield to Swanwick and Sarisbury - Sunday 5 September 2010

·         Ripe - Wednesday 18 August 2010

·         Lancing - Sunday 8 August 2010

·         Hellingly - Tueday 3 August 2010

·         Lanes & Twittens of Lewes - Sunday 25 July 2010

·         Around Rye - Tuesday 20 July 2010

·         Ditchling Common - Saturday 10 July 2010

·         Kingston - Wednesday 27 June 2010

·         Lewes to Stanmer Park - Wednesday 23 June 2010

·         Clayton - Sunday 13 June 2010

·         Mount Harry Circular and Supper - Tueday 8 June 2010

·         Breakfast Walk - Saturday 29 May 2010

·         Fletching - Sunday 16 May 2010

·         Charleston Circular - Tuesday 11 May 2010

·         Caterham to Limpsfield Chart and Crockham Hill - Sunday 18 April 2010

·         East Hoathly - Tuesday 13 April 2010

·         Low Weald between Burgess Hill and Hassocks - Easter Monday 5 April 2010

·         Jevington to Wannock Circular - Wednesday 24 March 2010

·         Fernhurst (All Day) - Sunday 21 March 2010

·         Alfriston - Wednesday 10 March 2010

·         Weir Wood Reservoir - Sunday 7 March 2010

·         Barcombe Cross - Wednesday 24 February 2010

·         Warninglid - Sunday 21 February 2010

·         Newhaven - Tuesday 9 February 2010

·         Arlington Reservoir - Wednesday 27 January 2010

·         Shoreham - Sunday 24 January 2010

·         Lewes - Wednesday 13 January 2010


·         River & Downs North of Lewes - Saturday 26 December 2009

·         Ashdown Forest - Sunday 13 December 2009

·         Seaford to Exceat - Tuesday 8 December 2009

·         Kingston - Sunday 29 November 2009

·         Tidebrook, Mayfield - Wednesday 25 November 2009

·         Catsfield and Battle - Sunday 15 November 2009

·         East of Nutley - Wednesday 11 November 2009

·         Balcombe to Haywards Heath - Tuesday 27 October 2009

·         Crowlink and Belle Toute - Sunday 18 October 2009

·         Autumn Tints: Burwash Common - Wednesday 14 October 2009

·         Harvest Moon Walk: Housedean to Black Cap to Lewes - Sunday 3 October 2009

·         Lewes, Ashcombe, and Blackcap - Sunday 20 September 2009

·         River Thames Marlow and Maidenhead to Windsor - Sunday 6 September 2009

·         Horstead to Five Ash Down - Sunday 23 August 2009

·         Devil's Dyke to Mile Oak - Wednesday 19 August 2009

·         Ansty - Sunday 9 August 2009

·         Barcombe Walk & Supper - Tuesday 4 August 2009

·         Berwick to Glynde - Sunday 26 July 2009

·         Fairwarp - Wednesday 22 July 2009

·         Coach Outing Cartwell & Emmetts Garden - Wednesday 8 July 2009

·         Stonegate - Wednesday 24 June 2009

·         Breakfast Walk: Housedean to Lewes - Saturday 13 June 2009

·         Nutley to Sheffield Forest - Monday 25 May 2009

·         Waldron - Sunday 17 May 2009

·         Chailey to Isfield - Wednesday 13 May 2009

·         Stour Valley Walks - Sunday 3 May 2009

·         Blackboys - Sunday 19 April 2009

·         Plumpton - Sunday 5 April 2009

·         Balcombe to Haywards Heath AKA: Lewes, Southease, South Downs, Glynde - Tuesday 31 March 2009

·         Hadlow Down - Woods and Pastures - Sunday 22 March 2009

·         Pycombe - Wednesday 18 March 2009

·         High Hurstwood - Sunday 8 March 2009

·         Around Cuckfield - Sunday 22 February 2009

·         Uckfield to Newick - Wednesday 18 February 2009

·         Lewes and Kingston Circular: Walk 5 - Sunday 25 January 2009

·         Devils Dyke - Wednesday 21 January 2009

·         Ashdown Forest followed by New Year Lunch - Wednesday 14 January 2009

·         Ringmer to Mt Caburn back to Lewes - Sunday 11 January 2009


·         Around Henfield - Sunday 14 December 2008

·         Autumn Tints Woolbeding - Sunday 2 November 2008

·         Wivelsfield to Plumpton Green - Tuesday 28th October 2008

·         Horstead Keynes - Sunday 19 October 2008

·         Chiddingly - Wednesday 15 October 2008

·         Around Scaynes Hill - Wednesday 17 September 2008

·         Test Valley Coach Ounting - Sunday 7 September 2008

·         Rodmell Bank Hoiliday - Monday 25 August 2008

·         Arlington Including Reservoir - Wednesday 20 August 2008

·         Ashdown Forest - Sunday 10 August 2008

·         Balsdean Valley - Tuesday 5 August July 2008

·         Firle Evening Walk - Saturday 26 July 2008

·         Forest Row to Hartfield - Wednesday 23 July 2008

·         Wiston - Sunday 13 July 2008

·         Alfriston - Sunday 29 June 2008

·         The Breakfast Walk - Wednesday 25 June 2008

·         Bolney - Sunday 15 June 2008

·         Kings Standing and Ashdown Forest - Sunday 1 June 2008

·         Bishopstone to Lewes - Sunday 18 May 2008

·         Small Dole and Fulking - Wednesday 14 May 2008

·         Medway Valley - Sunday 4 May 2008

·         Ringmer Circular - Wednesday 30 April 2008

·         Partridge Green - Sunday 20 April 2008

·         Lewes to Falmer - Wednesday 16 April 2008

·         Greenwich Meridian Trail. - 6th to 12th April, 2008

·         Ditchling and Lower Standean - Tuesday 1 April 2008

·         West of Steyning - Monday 24 March 2008

·         Albourne Meander - Sunday 9 March 2008

·         Newick Circular - Tuesday 4 March 2008

·         Tilgate Forest - Wednesday 20 February 2008

·         Chiddingley - Wednesday 23 January 2008

·         Ditchling - wednesday 16 January 2008

WALK REPORTS for 2007 and before

·         Stanmer - Wednesday 26 December 2007

·         Rodmell - Wednesday 12 December 2007

·         Kingston - Tuesday 27 November 2007

·         Walks in 2007 and before. Individual reports are not indexed.

WALK REPORTS of major walks.

·         Ouse Valley in 2006.

·         Vanguard Way from Croydon to Newhaven in 2005.

·         South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester in 2003 and 2004




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