Walk Reports for 2017
section contains reports of our most recent walks.....
Nine walkers braved ice and fog to reach the start of our Sunday walk at Eridge Station. The weather rapidly improved to give a pleasant, windless morning. After a short distance on Forge Road we turned left to follow the driveway towards Motts Farm, leaving it to negotiate a short section of waterlogged path, and then turned right over a footbridge to follow a path northwest past Rocks Farm. Crossing a field we dropped down to another footbridge over the Mottsmill Stream and then uphill to a stile onto the Motts Mill road. After following the road downhill we turned off onto a footpath in the direction of Groombridge, stopping for a quick coffee break.
Our route took us under the main railway line and into Groombridge itself, where a footpath beside the village school led us back across the Spa Valley track. A path along field edges brought us to the road leading down to the Harrison’s Rocks car park, from where we continued rather muddily with the railway on our right and a fine view of the rocks to our left. We were rewarded with the splendid sight of the Spa Valley Santa Special train chuffing along, full of excited children. After making our way back across the railway at the level crossing we returned along Forge Road to the station, just before the rain set in. The walk was led by Anne.
On Wednesday 15th November, we visited the Greenway and Combe Valley country park. Parking in Sidley, the walkers made their way to the remains of Glovers Farm passing over the former railway line from Bexhill West to Crowhurst - now a bridge over the new Bexhill to Hastings link road. We noticed the construction of the western arm of the new Bexhill and Sidley relief road, new commercial premises and evidence of future development in this area. After passing under the former railway line, we reached the new Greenway path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and had excellent views of the tranquil Combe Valley Country Park. Although the path had been constructed as part of the project to build the new Bexhill to Hastings road, we were rarely aware of this road due to good landscaping. Despite the good surface and excellent views, we met few other walkers.
We had our coffee stop on the 1066 Country walk and followed it southwards to the old railway line. Then after less than a mile along the old track bed, we returned to Glovers Farm, went through a housing estate and returned to our cars in Sidley. The majority of us then went for a carvery lunch at Ninfield to round off an interesting morning walk led by Robert.
A group of eight walkers led by Peter and Janet set off from Exceat County Park in glorious sunshine and blue skies, which persisted for a good part of the day. Our first uphill section was the steep grassy hill complete with grazing sheep behind Exceat. Our reward for the climb was a magnificent view of the Cuckmere river below, a textbook demonstration of meanders. We clambered over the stone stile at the top and set off through the woods, along a leafy path close to the main road to Eastbourne.
A little further on we turned inland, passing through the hamlet of Friston then up across the open grassland of the Gallops (no horses in sight, though) before returning to the woods. Having feared the worst after finding that that part of our route had been followed by the intrepid Beachy Head marathon runners the week before, we were pleased to discover that the mud was less bad than expected. We next turned onto the South Downs way. Here we were clear of the woods and had glorious views in all directions, the forward view being across to Bo Peep and Firle Beacon. Further on we could see Alfriston below.
We gradually dropped down into Litlington where we stopped for lunch. After that another steep uphill section took us eventually to West Dean, then back and up through the woods, again on the South Downs Way, to the stile where we had started and back down the hillside to Exceat. Although the view was the same, this time the light was quite different: the sun had disappeared, and it was 3pm.
We were blessed with a fine, dry day for the East Brighton walk which was led by Janet. Fifteen walkers took two buses to East Brighton and we started off through East Brighton Park then we turned North to follow a gradually ascending path through Sheepcote Valley. Brighton College sports fields could be glimpsed below us on the left and there was a view across to the grandstand of Brighton racecourse.
After passing through a field of sheep, we crossed the racecourse and turned south to descend beside the golf course with gorgeous views of the sea ahead. Our coffee stop was taken shielded from the golfers by a row of bushes where we met many dog walkers. It seems that professional dog walkers make good use of this area exercising as many as 8 or 9 dogs. Continuing towards the sea, we saw the stately buildings of Roedean school. Before reaching the school, we climbed quite steeply until we could see the village of Ovingdean below us. We turned left to reach a track ascending beside the golf course which we crossed briefly. Exiting through a gate, we came back to our starting point. Several people went off to the marina to find lunch in one of its many restaurants and cafes and the rest of us caught a bus back to Lewes.
After the strong winds and downpours of Storm Brian the previous day, we were delighted to find sunshine and clear skies as a group of 22 walkers, led by Alan, set off from the dam at Ardingly Reservoir, where lots of canoeists were out on the water. For the first two miles we followed the bank of the reservoir, before turning right, uphill to reach a lane at the attractive half-timbered Edmond’s farm. After about half a mile walking along the lane, we took a footpath into the woods and descended quite steeply down to another corner of the reservoir, which we crossed over on an attractive wire bridge, pausing to watch the diving skills of a great crested grebe.
After ascending on the other side, we paused for our coffee break on a handy bench with terrific views of the reservoir and the wooded slopes around it. At the top of the hill, we walked along the back of Ardingly Showground, at one point having to manoeuvre around a makeshift cycle track, where cyclists appeared to be doing some kind of time trials around a muddy winding circuit. This, it transpires, was Round 3 of the Sussex CX cyclo-cross event. After skirting around the muddy cyclists, we commenced our descent, first through a corner of Ardingly village and subsequently down a series of fields to arrive back at the car park just before one o’clock.
On Wednesday 18th October, having driven through a heavy shower to get to our starting point at Alfriston, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the rain had stopped and it was dry for our stroll around Alfriston. The leader was particularly pleased that eight members had ignored the awful forecast to join the walk. We walked through the village across the Tye in front of St Andrews Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Downs, and the National Trust Clergy House. Joining a tree covered pathway at the side of the Seaford road, we continued to almost Frog Firle before taking the public footpath by the side of the old Youth Hostel down towards Litlington. Crossing the Cuckmere River we then took a slippery footpath back to the drier River Bank which led back to Alfriston.
Unfortunately, the mist hampered our views but we were able to make out the white horse at High and Over to our left and the spire of Litlington Church to our right. Passing the White Bridge at Alfriston we continued on the river bank to the old bridge, turning left to take a further pathway back to the village. Scones and coffee followed for five of the group!
Heading West just South of the station on the Vanguard Way we soon hit a field of earth with no visible path. Thankfully the ground was dry. The field of Linseed south of Common Lane was hard going due to furrows but bright blue flowers were a distraction.
A kind motorist slowed right down allowing 18 of us to cross the A27 en masse at Berwick. Berwick church provided a pleasant spot for mid-morning refreshment, the location enhanced by the sounds of the service.
A long curving plod West of Winton up to the South Downs Way saw all of us shedding layers of clothing. There were far reaching views from the summit and the sea glittered in strong sunlight.
We passed some Exmoor ponies on the descent to Alciston, and noted the numerous green men on the walls of Green Cottage in the village. A second crossing of the A27 was eased by a central reservation. The challenging part was the next stile; some needed assistance to get their leg over!
At this point we realised that my distance measuring and time estimates were off the mark. An advanced party steamed ahead on a more direct route in the hope of catching the next train home from Berwick. Those who stayed on the long route spotted many mushrooms on the last leg. I was embarrassed, but not surprised, to find the advanced party were in the pub having just missed the train. Thank you for accepting my apologies for the late finish of the walk which was led by Peter.
The final leg of the Lewes Loop was through the mainly flat lands of the Ouse valley between Plumpton and Isfield. From Plumpton Station, seventeen of us set off heading east to South Chailey. The weather was cloudy and calm and the walking was easy and far less muddy than anticipated. At South Chailey we passed Balneath Manor and continued south-east to Barcombe Cross where we enjoyed a drink at The Royal Oak. Some of the party took the bus back to Lewes but the majority carried on to Barcombe Mills where we joined the Sussex Ouse valley Way and walked up beside the Ouse to the Anchor Inn and so to Isfield. By this time the sun was beginning to exert its warming influence and it began to feel decidedly muggy. Having sat outside the Laughing Fish with our drinks for a while we caught the bus back to Lewes after an exceedingly gentle but very pleasant day’s walking. Hilda and Graham led the party.
Twenty one of our members met at Gills Lap car park to explore this part of Ashdown Forest on a rather chilly morning.
Passing ‘Galleons Leap’ and ‘The Enchanted Forest’ we made our way down to ‘Pooh Sticks Bridge’ where we played the famous game, from there we walked to the beautiful, dense beech woodland of 500 Hundred Acre Wood the setting of ‘100 Aker Wood’ and the home of Owl in the stories. Here we stopped to enjoy the pretty setting by a stream.
From there we had a long steady climb back up through woodland to the open heath land which a few weeks ago was covered in the most beautiful heather but unfortunately was now beginning to fade.
The valley bottom to the right is the site of ‘Eeyore’s Sad and Gloomy Place’ and the ‘North Pole’. From here we made our way back to the car park to complete this very enjoyable and varied 5.5 mile walk.
Twelve walkers enjoyed a flat 6 mile walk from Raystede Animal Sanctuary to Rose Hill via Shortgate and back on a fine Wednesday morning recently. It was a varied walk with several things of interest en-route.
I did not know that the raised footpath that runs behind the houses and businesses on the Broyle near Shortgate was built many years ago to be a visible marker of the boundary between the parishes of Ringmer and Laughton.
We marveled at the high wires and bridges at the Branchingout Adventure Park beside Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum. Someone suggested these obstacles could have formed part of our walk!
We had a refreshment break at the edge of Plashett Park discussing its large lakes. We followed the boundary of Plashett Park on a raised footpath for nearly ½ mile with lakes visible on our left all the way.
We walked along the A26 to near the Half Way House at Rose Hill to find the footpath that would take us back to the start. Thankfully there was a narrow footway but rather close to fast moving traffic, not the most enjoyable part of our walk.
After crossing Harvey’s Lane some walkers stopped to admire the magnificent views over Ringmer to the Downs.
After 3 hours we arrived back at Raystede. We made a collection for Raystede funds as a thank you for allowing us to park our cars in their car park while walking. Half the group enjoyed a good lunch in the Raystede cafeteria. Dave led the walk.
The lovely weather means a good turn-out. 22 walkers assemble at the Swan Inn shortly before 5pm. This is our chosen hostelry for the post-walk supper, so we need to peruse the menu and let them know what we want to order, so they will be ready to feed the mob of hungry walkers on our return.
We then set off on what is basically a walk of 3 parts – the first section completely flat, across fields, some green with a new crop of pea shoots, others now bare and recently ploughed. Our route takes us to Swanborough, then across the Kingston Road. The next section up, up, up to the South Downs Way. Strides get gradually shorter as what starts as a gentle ascent soon becomes markedly steeper. Although the high heat of the day has abated, it is still very humid, so the occasional stop for sips of water, never mind regaining our breath and taking in the ever increasingly splendid views is deemed quite justified - Kingston below us with its distinctive St. Pancras Church in the foreground and the Ashcombe windmill in the far distance.
General exhilaration on reaching the summit! And now for the third section, all downhill, the descent into Kingston Hollow and finally Juggs Road into Lewes, ending exactly where we want to be, the Swan Inn. Our exertions are rewarded with good food and drink and a companionable evening in that very welcoming establishment.
It was a bright and sunny morning on when fifteen members of the group met at the Motor road to walk over to the Half Moon pub at Plumpton.
Pausing at the top the view of Hamsey Church reminded some members of standing at that very spot watching desperate cows trying to swim to dry land (the Lewes Floods of 2000).
En route, we had mislaid a couple of members but they re-joined us at Black Cap.
The walk led us along the South Downs Way before descending on the very steep and slippery road which brings you out directly opposite the destination, namely the most hospitable Half Moon. A very enjoyable lunch was had by all, some partaking of a full meal with coffee, other humbler fare!
Somewhat reluctantly we set off once again turning left after crossing the busy road and, after a couple of hundred yards (showing my age here!) entered a field and walked diagonally across on the established footpath. Over two stiles and into the woods. We bore right and then left and began the steep ascent to the top of the escarpment. Challenged by the leader many members took the very steepest way to the top! Others managed the gentler path. Once again at the top an electric fence required to be got over or under (National Trust work to address the issue of the scrub). A kindly member held the fence with a makeshift hand protector while we ducked underneath.
We returned down the hill past the Racing Stables and onto the Motor Road. Some people continued along Landport Bottom towards the Prison and other continued down to re-join their cars and the main road. We had walked for about eight miles, quite hard going but worth every mile for the beautiful day, the good companionship and the wonderful Down land views. Would that every day could be like this!
“Wait for me, please”
Some of those who answered the leader’s challenge.
We enjoyed perfect walking weather when seventeen of us set off from the Summerdown car park for a hilly hike in the Devils Dyke area. After a brief period on the South Downs Way we followed a path, gradually losing height, into Benfield valley and then turned left onto the Monarch’s Way and a long steady climb up to our coffee break where the former Devil’s Dyke railway once operated. We had spectacular views right across to the sea.
We crossed the road and a couple of fields before descending past the model aeroplane airfield (although there were no planes being flown that day.) After negotiating a narrow verge beside the road, we climbed a wide chalk and flint track, then turned left onto the Sussex Border path to bring us out at Saddlescombe Farm where refreshments were available. Crossing the road again, we faced our final short climb before following the flattish path back to the start. We had been rewarded with stunning views on all sides throughout the walk which was led by Janet.
Photos by Graham
Walkers and Distant Wind Farm
Walkers and Golfers
A group of 14 walkers set out from the picturesque village of Bramber, cutting across a field to reach the bank of the Adur. Shortly after reaching the river, we crossed it on the footbridge and continued northwards on the east bank of the river with views of the river on the left and the Downs on the right. Many swans were patrolling along the river - including one family with a group of four cygnets. After about two and a half miles, we reached a bridge over the river, which used to be for the railway line from Horsham to Steyning. It is now is a bridleway for the Downs Link - a walkway joining the North and South Downs.
After a welcome coffee break, we returned along the Downs Link, passing through maize fields full of succulent corn cobs and wheat fields ready to be harvested with views of Chanctonbury Ring in the distance. Somewhat less idyllically rural, as we walked along the lane approaching Bramber, was the local sewage farm, which assaulted our senses. The weather was sunny with a breeze and ideal for the walk, which was led by Alan.
Our walk started from the beautiful village of
Littlington. It was a perfect morning
for walking, sunny with a light breeze.
We left the village on a steep uphill path emerging at the top to
wonderful views of the Downland all around and
We were soon on the edge of the forest and following the path around Charleston Manor, well remembered for the wonderful cultural and artistic events staged by Lady Birley in the past. We then took a steep stepped path into the forest and followed the woodland path as far as Westdean and then on to Exceat where we had a coffee stop with the unexpected luxury of picnic tables and seats for all 23 of us!
After crossing the bridge over the River Cuckmere we took the riverside path back to Littlington. This was a beautiful walk. On the steep escarpment to the left of us we admired the White Horse carved into the hill. A huge flock of Canada Geese had taken over an islet in the river and we spotted two white egrets on the far bank. With herds of well fed cattle grazing on the marshes it was an idyllic scene and the end of a lovely walk which was led by Margaret and Jeannette.
The pictures were taken on the walk by Vivien..
On July 19th, our walk started at the village car park in Barcombe Cross. We headed north across fields and the Bevern Stream to Knowlands Farm, where we paused to look at the lake and water lilies. Then we walked west through Knowlands Wood, crossing the lane and on through more woods to Balneath Manor, South Chailey. Here we stopped for refreshments, with convenient logs to sit on before returning east, crossing the Bevern Stream again and passing through a free-range poultry farm.
Finally, we crossed more woods and fields taking us back to Barcombe Cross. The walk lasted about two and a half hours, covered 5 miles and was led by Ian.
Some 20 members of the Group took part in the annual coach trip which this year went to Scotney Castle, south-east of Lamberhurst in Kent. After having coffee in the restaurant the party went into the Tudor-style house which has only been open to the public in recent years. It was built by Edward Hussey 111 between 1835-1843 from local sandstone and overlooks the old castle.
Most members then ventured down the hill to visit the ruined 14th century castle, built on an island in the lake, before returning for lunch in the restaurant. This was followed by a stroll through the extensive National Trust land to Kilndown and back for some 14 members and after looking at the large walled garden many again helped the restaurant's takings by having tea there before returning to Lewes. Whilst at Scotney it had been apart from a shower of rain when in the house; however the heavens had opened by the time we reached Lewes which made for a rather wet end to the day. Thank you, Robert, for arranging a most enjoyable day.
Sixteen of us parked near Hellingly Church to start a 4 1/2 mile circular walk around Hellingly and Horsebridge. We set off across the churchyard which is unique in this district for being a church built on a circular Saxon mound. It is enhanced by attractive old cottages on one side. We walked along Mill Lane until we reached the footpath leading along the side of Stone House Farm. At one stage we were fighting our way through shoulder-high bracken. Our footpath led us to a bridge over the former Cuckoo Railway Line from Polegate to Eridge, now a well-used cycle and footpath. Later, we walked along part of this track.
Once past Shawpits Farm, the sunken path led us uphill until we eventually passed the outskirts of the old Hellingly Hospital - a large psychiatric hospital from 1898 until 1994. Recently, housing has been built on part of the 400 acres of the hospital grounds but much remains open to the public for their enjoyment with amenities like a cricket pitch.
Further on we passed a footpath sign, “To Upper Horsebridge" which led us past the derelict old mill which suffered a serious fire in the early 1900s. Now the giant mill is in a very sad, crumbling state. We followed the river for a little while before coming out past Horselunges - a moated Tudor house once owned by the pop group Led Zeppelin. We peered at the magnificent facade as we made our way back to New Road, Hellingly and back to our cars. The stroll was led by Jeannette and Margaret
The great attraction of wild orchids is their beauty, and in some cases their rarity. They have specialized growth habits and complex life-cycles which can mean that many species have irregular flowering appearances. So there’s always an element of uncertainty whether you will see them where you’ve seen them before. Add to that uncertainty the fickleness of the British
climate, and nothing is guaranteed.
You choose a suitable date, a suitable venue; you call it an Orchid Walk. You hope.
Last year it poured and blew a gale. This year, after an exceptionally hot week, it was fine, rather cloudy and breezy; too breezy and not sunny enough for most butterflies, but good weather for walking.
So, thirteen of us set off from Woodingdean Car Park to walk down Bullock Hill, through Standean Bottom, past the lost village of Balsdean to Castle Hill Nature Reserve – one of the finest examples of ancient, wildflower-rich chalk grassland sites in the country, an SSSI and a Special Area of Conservation, recognised as of European importance for the orchids which grow there – Early Spider Orchid, Early Purple, Common Spotted, Pyramidal, Fragrant and Autumn Lady’s Tresses. Normally June would be an excellent time to see 3, 4 and 5 of these. Alas! We saw evidence (brown stalks) that there had indeed been hundreds, but it would seem that they had been blitzed by the heat of the preceding week. But there were some survivors and many other wildflowers, as well as butterflies and lark song to enjoy. Further along the way, hundreds of poppies in the green wheat fields in Falmer Bottom, and, from the ridge of Newmarket Hill, magnificent views over the Downs as far as Seaford Head in the east, as well as westwards along the coast, which we could admire as we returned along the track to the car park. The walk was led by Christine.
Just the Stalks
The evening weather was warm and dry, a welcome relief from the hot and baking of the middle of the day. From North Street we made our way down and through the Railway Land and under the railway onto Ham Lane. The lane that runs parallel to the by-pass took us to the tennis club and then under the by-pass after which we walked by the Cockshut before crossing the rugby field and then the by-pass on Kingston Road. The purpose of the stroll was to watch the sun set and set it did. However it inconveniently disappeared “early” behind the rising ground above Winterbourne so when the thirteen of us repaired for a drink to The Swan, the sun had already gone. This did not spoil the enjoyment of a drink and a chat in the pub garden. Hilda and Graham led the outing, the latter mismanaging the timing.
This was one of the Group’s first ‘themed walks’. So, rather than just walking, we would also be focusing on some aspect of the nature around us, in this case the profusion of seasonal wild flowers.
It was not the most promising morning when 24 walkers gathered in Lewes for the start of the walk. A dense mist, the edge of the sea fret affecting the coast, was shrouding the Downs, exactly where we were headed. We walked through the town, along Cliffe High Street and then up Chapel Hill, definitely the steepest and most challenging stretch of walk. But in this instance, we had every excuse to ease the pain and catch our breath by stopping to admire and identify plants – and there are many species towards the top of the hill, including a mass of yellow rock roses.
By the time we reached the top and joined the track at the Southerham Nature Reserve, the mist had vanished. It remained slightly overcast for the rest of the morning, with occasional bursts of sunshine, but it was pleasantly warm – in fact, perfect weather for concentrating on the flora – and there was certainly no shortage of that. The recent rains seem to have given a growth spurt to many early summer flowers that were nowhere to be seen just a week ago. We headed down to Oxteddle Bottom, along the path to the Caburn Nature Reserve and up to join the Caburn track, then looped round to the Saxon Cross, back to the top of Chapel Hill and down into town.
At times, the group got quite spread out, with those less interested in flowers (but deep in conversation about the election?) some way ahead of those of us trying to identify every flower we came across – with the aid of our well-worn wild flower reference guide. We identified well over 50 species, ranging in size from the tiny delicate white flowers so aptly-named ‘fairy flax’, to the tall robust Viper’s bugloss, the latter in each instance smothered in brightly coloured 6-spot burnet moths, and including 4 orchid varieties. Throughout the walk, we were regaled with the intoxicating sound of the skylark’s’ song, often getting great views of these wonderful little birds hovering right above our heads.
The walk was led by Vivien.
This was the third part of the Lewes Loop series of walks and we started at The Swan in Falmer. A gentle climb northward led us onto The Downs with ever expanding panoramic views from Mount Caburn in the east to the pole of the new i360 attraction in Hove to the south-west. A longer and steeper climb took us to the crest where the fabulous view north over The Weald never fails to impress. At the Half Moon we enjoyed a drink outside in the sunshine before half the party carried on to Plumpton Station and half caught the bus back to Lewes. The wind, gale force at times, was noticeable on the tops but there was no rain, a blessing after the downpour the previous night. The party of ten was led by Graham.
Twenty-two members turned up for our second attempt at this walk, and this time we were blessed with very pleasant weather. Starting from the car park at the top of the Downs above Firle, we headed southwards downhill in the direction of Newhaven, through grassy downland. The skylarks were singing in full throttle, we saw a fair number of Common Blue butterflies and a variety of wild flowers were in bloom.
We took an early coffee break before heading upwards in a north-easterly direction, passing lots of sheep and a herd of attractive light brown (Jersey?) cows, who were inquisitive but docile. Towards the end of the uphill climb, we had to traverse three large fields of crops. The effect of this intensive monoculture arable farming on wildlife was immediately apparent – there was none! We were pleased to reach the top of the Downs again, re-joining grassland, skylarks and wildflowers as well as spectacular views in all directions.
After allowing ourselves the luxury of a second break to admire the views, we returned to the car park along the South Downs way over Firle Beacon. We arrived back before the threatened downpour, which in any case never materialised. The walk was led by Alan.
The May stroll started at Pyecombe Street where the old A23 road provided plenty of room for parking. Crossing the current A 23 by the north-western of the two bridges, the party passed the farm shop and successfully negotiated a field of cows, and then walked uphill to the edge of Newtimber Holt. Having admired the view to the south-west including the Devils Dyke, it was then a downhill stroll to Saddlescombe Farm for a break. Although the leader had said that a coffee shop would be open, the party were disappointed to find that it had gone with no replacement other than the water tap! We returned to Pyecombe Street on the South Downs Way and had excellent views on this clear and sunny day to the east and south before crossing the noisy A 23 back to our cars.
Sixteen Footpath Group members drove to Ashurst for a walk along the Medway. As forecast, early rain cleared to give a beautiful sunny, breezy morning. From the main road a narrow path took us to a bridge over the river, from where we walked along the river bank for about half a mile before turning westwards towards Blackham Court. Turning southwards along a well-made cart track, we reached a short section of road which took us downhill to rejoin the Medway.
We enjoyed a coffee break in the sunshine sitting on the river bank, then continued downstream along the Wealdway. We crossed the river and turned northwards on the Sussex Border Path, passing a wildlife area planted with a variety of native trees included the endangered black poplar. Our route took us under the railway line, where we paused to read the heartbreaking tributes, pinned to the fence, to the young man tragically killed there by a train. A grassy track with wonderful views took us along to the path back to the station car park. The walk was led by Anne.
This walk was the second part of the Lewes Loop and began on the South Downs Way which we followed for a while before joining the Greenwich Meridian Trail which took us to and through Telscombe where the stud farm was holding an open day. Judging by the cars in the car park it was proving quite successful. Climbing out of the village we turned right at the top and carried on along a bridleway heading west with splendid views north across towards Mount Caburn and south towards the sea.
At Balsdean, site of the now disappeared village, we ate our picnic and learnt that it was the Canadian soldiers in WW2 who demolished the already derelict houses and church because they got in the way of their firing lines. The rest of the route to the finish took us through Castle Hill nature reserve, along the recently constructed path beside the road to Woodingdean and through Falmer village which retains its tranquility in spite of the busy A27 running right beside it. However, the vandalism wrought on Falmer when the A27 was made into a duel-carriage way is brought home when one has to cross the footbridge to get to the Swan Inn and the bus stop for our transport back to Lewes. Ten of us enjoyed the walk led by Hilda and Graham.
Lamb watching us
Falmer’s Peaceful Pond
14 members of the Lewes Footpaths Group took part in a 4 mile circular walk in the Upper Dicker and Arlington area. We started the walk at Michelham Priory and soon crossed the newly-mown sports field of Bede’s School before going out onto the main road through Upper Dicker village.
Turning onto the Wealdway path, it was not long before we encountered our first batch of bluebells, in a wood temptingly on the other side a fence at the side of the path. Here we had the best views on the walk, across the open fields of the Low Weald, to the Downs above Firle, Beddingham and later Caburn and Malling hills. Crossing a couple of fields we arrived at a bridge over the Cuckmere River and walked onto the peace of Arlington Churchyard where we took a short break. On our shorter return path to the Priory we walked across fields and through a small woodland area and had views across our best bluebell wood close to the end of the walk. Here too we had just a whiff of bluebell perfume, wonderful. The walk was led by Sue.
This walk was the next part of the Lewes Loop which covered the short section from Glynde to Southease. Twelve of us disembarked from the train at Glynde and soon got onto the road out of the village, passing the currently closed Trevor Arms. A steady climb led us to the top of The Downs where we joined the South Downs Way turning west and following it to the train station at Southease. As ever, the views north towards Lewes and the Ouse valley and the views south to the sea and Newhaven made the toil of the climb well worthwhile. It was on the top that we learned of the surprise election plans of the Prime Minister. Our informant was a walker doing the South Downs Way who had seen the news on his phone. Nowadays it seems to be impossible to get away from it all. Graham was the leader.
On Tuesday April 11th, 18 of us caught the train from Lewes to Eastbourne to start a 5.5 mile walk entitled “Scandalous Eastbourne.” From the railway station, we made our way to Trinity Trees and found number 6, Kent Lodge, which was the former home and surgery of Dr. Bodkin Adams. This general practitioner became notorious, in the 1940s and 50s, as a suspected serial killer who murdered over 160 patients and inherited a considerable amount of money from their wills.
As we neared the Cavendish Hotel, we heard that the film “Notes on a Scandal” was filmed there. The film tells the story of a teacher having an affair with a pupil. This reminded us of the Eastbourne teacher, Jeremy Forest, who ran away with 15-year-old pupil in 2014. We continued walking along the sea front past the Grand Hotel where Claude Debussy stayed with his mistress Emma Bardoc. Reaching the Hydro Hotel, we had a leisurely coffee and admired the magnificent art deco foyer. Afterwards, we returned to the lower promenade and looked at number 2 beach hut where a brass board reported that King George V and his wife stayed there whilst he recovered from illness. Further on, as we walked along the Meads, we heard about other wealthy patients of Dr Adam’s who mysteriously died.
After hearing more fascinating tales, including the sex scandal at All Saints Church involving Gordon Ridout convicted in 2013, six of us enjoyed a delicious Greek-Turkish meal at Agora in Grove Road. The walk was led by Chris.
Decorous Hydro Hotel
Comfortable Coffee Stop
Sunny Group Talk by
the Royal Chalet
The weather was set fair for the first part of the Lewes Loop, a 33 mile circular walk round Lewes, starting at Isfield. Heading west the group of seventeen soon came to The Halfway House where we crossed over the A26 to follow a track next to and then through Plashett Wood. The footpaths and byways of The Weald at this time of the year can be messy morasses of sticky mud but not this time thanks to the relatively dry winter. After an easy and very pleasant walk we arrived in Ringmer with boots so un-mudded that there was no problem with us entering The Anchor for a most welcome drink, quaffed in the adjoining garden and with the enjoyment being only mildly spoiled by the cars going by on the road.
Eleven of us carried on to Glynde by way of the contentious Glyndebourne wind turbine reached after a steep climb to the top where the post of the old post windmill provides a sad reminder of the transitory nature of life and contrasts starkly with the sleek new turbine which will eventually also go the way of all things, much to the relief of many Ringmer residents no doubt. After a picnic lunch in the sun we pressed on to Glynde where arriving half an hour too soon for the train turned out to be a blessing as we sequentially wrestled, or that is how it felt like, our tickets out of the machine that playfully took the money but failed to deliver the ticket to one of our group. Fortunately for the rest of us the machine accepted our cards with exemplary promptness ones the intricacies of finding the right ticket had been mastered. Hilda and Graham presided.
We had put the clocks forward the night before, so slightly more bleary-eyed than on a normal Sunday, 14 walkers set out from Splash Point at the foot of the cliffs at Seaford on what turned out to be one of the warmest, sunniest days of the year so far, though accompanied by a pesky wind. This made the steep initial climb and the walk along the clifftop a bracing experience. But that was more than compensated for by the spectacular views in both directions – looking back, the long views of Seaford, the beach, the glistening sea and the town of Newhaven beyond, and looking ahead, the iconic view of the Seven Sisters, with the Belle Tout Lighthouse in the far distance.
Our walk along the clifftop was accompanied by many sights and sounds that told us in no uncertain terms that we have left winter behind - skylarks soaring and singing, gulls shrieking, meadow pipits and dunnocks rummaging in the undergrowth and sheep and their recently born offspring enjoying the grass after the long indoor months.
We walked eastwards as far as the famous coastguard cottages with the first of the Seven Sisters appearing to be almost within touching distance, then turned inland towards Exeat. Suddenly we were out of the wind and basking in the warm sun. We walked alongside the Cuckmere for a while, then started on our return route, with fields full of sheep and lambs on either side. Then back via Chyngton Lane, up to the South Hill Barn car park and we soon reached the clifftop again and, for the last part of the walk, retraced our steps, descending steeply to the Esplanade at Seaford.
The walk was led by Vivien.
Graham suggests this caption for his picture
Not quite the classic view of the Seven Sisters.
Eleven walkers had a pleasant four and a half mile walk from Newick to Little Horsted on Wednesday 8th March. The 9:30 am Compass bus 121 took us from Lewes bus station to Newick. At Newick we walked along Church Road to St Mary’s church where our footpath went through the churchyard leading to open country. We followed well trodden and clearly signed footpaths throughout our walk. Soon we could see the River Ouse and its flood plain below us. We crossed the lane from Piltdown and dropped down to the Ouse which we crossed on a well made footbridge.
At our mid way point we came to a cascading water feature on a stream feeding the Ouse where we took a refreshment break. During our break we were entertained by a Chinook helicopter hovering near us. Enjoying the impressive sound from its twin rotor blades we decided it was on a training exercise.
We crossed the lane to Isfield, crossed the River Uck on another fine footbridge and crossed the track bed of the disused Isfield to Uckfield railway. We had to make way for several cars and an articulated lorry on the narrow lane to Little Horsted. Nearing the A26 we were disappointed to miss a Brighton and Hove bus to Lewes but with four buses per hour the next bus came in 10 minutes and got us back to Lewes by 1:30pm. The walk was led by Dave.
Our walk on Sunday 26th February was a five mile loop round Mark Cross. As the weather hadn’t been great, it was very muddy underfoot, and only 10 people turned up. Starting by the village green, we took a public footpath in south-easterly direction across fields, through Renhurst Farm towards Lake Street. We followed this country lane for half a mile, and just after Trodgers Farm we turned left onto a footpath. It would lead us along the edge of a field, then through Rocks Wood towards an earth track, that belonged to a horse training facility nearby. There was poor signage in that area, and the path got recently diverted. We turned East to follow the footpath besides the earth track towards Pond Bay.
Due to the weather we dismissed a 1½mile loop round Towngate Farm, and cut short onto a footpath towards Bassetts. We continued due West towards Earl’s Farm, with beautiful views across the Weald. The path continued through Sandyden Wood, and finally emerged onto the busy B2100 road. Fortunately after ¼mile we turned right onto another footpath, uphill across a field towards the distinctive building of the Old Town Mill. The path then followed the wiggly driveway towards the A267, but this time we had a pavement. By the church we turned left into the old main street, that would bring us back to the village green car park. The walk was led by Wolfgang.
Due to the very muddy condition of some of the bridleways at Pyecombe, the advertised stroll from there did not take place. Instead, Robert Cheesman lead a stroll from the North Street car park in Lewes through Cabbage Walk to Landport Road and Farm. Then after climbing the hill to the Landport fork and reaching the crest of Nevill Road, along the path provided for schoolchildren from the Landport Estate attending Wallams School, the group entered the Council owned land at Landport Bottom. A coffee break was taken by the seat erected by the Group some time ago. It overlooks the chalk pit with views to Hamsey and across the Weald. The return into Lewes was made by going close to the racecourse buildings and then following the ridge, with its good views of Lewes, until we reached Spital Road and the town.
A misty, drizzly day did not spoil the enjoyment of the Lewes Footpaths Group Sunday walk in the Ashdown Forest. Starting from the Wren’s Warren car park, 13 walkers set off down a wide forest track leading downhill to Chuck Hatch Lane, turning off into the yard of White House Farm and exiting over a tricky stile set in a low stone wall. Heading steadily north-west over the fields, we disturbed a roebuck and two does, who vanished through the fence, no doubt to wreak havoc on nearby gardens. Continuing on past a plantation of new saplings, we reached Parrock Lane. An overgrown path beside a stream took us southwards again across fields, where we stopped for a brief coffee break.
Our route took us past the church at Coleman’s Hatch, then through woodlands to briefly rejoin the road as far as the ford, where some of us tested our boots by wading through it. Bearing right after the ford we headed uphill into the Forest again, finally returning to the car park along an open track. The walk was led by Anne.
The footpath group members who gathered at Lewes bus station were not entirely convinced by the leader’s assertion that the rain would stop by 10 o’clock and not start again before 2 o’clock in the afternoon but decided to go on the walk anyway. We disembarked at Brighton University and walked up beside Moulsecoomb station, climbed some steps by the railway line, followed a non-descript path and soon found ourselves climbing up a steep hill that demanded that we frequently stop to admire the view of the sea beyond Brighton where the sun was doing its best to glint on it.
Skirting the seventh hole on Hollingbury golf course we advanced into Hollingbury Castle, an iron-age hill fort dating from the 6th century BC with late bronze-age enclosures. We paused at the trig point to admire the all-round views of Brighton and the Downs before finding our way down to Coldean in order to cross the by-pass into the Great Wood of Stanmer Park. Most of us found our way to Stanmer Tea Rooms for a cup of tea before taking the bus back to Lewes. Graham was the leader whose faith in the Met Office weather forecasting abilities was fully vindicated.
The weather for our stroll was rather dank and dreary but not too cold. Eight of us met at the rail station then walked through Priory Park and beside the Cockshut stream. We continued along the cycle path to the garden centre where we stopped off for a cup of coffee. Suitably revived it was decided to take the longer route back to Lewes so we set off via the Juggs and Kingston church, across the village green and down Kingston Ridge. After crossing the road at Nan Tuckett’s corner we emerged onto very misty downland. Close by cattle were getting very excited as the farmer turned up on a lorry with their breakfast hay. Our route continued over the A27 and down Juggs Lane and so back to Lewes. The stroll was led by Janet.
Heavy rain was forecast for the whole day, and we decided that it would be pointless to do the planned downland walk from Firle Beacon. After some discussion, the 5 intrepid walkers that had turned up agreed that we would do a shorter walk from Firle village, keeping to lower ground. As it turned out, the rain was not as heavy as anticipated, just a drizzle, and we enjoyed a pleasant couple of hours’ walk. From the village, we went across the Firle Estate in front of Firle Place, then up to the Old Coach Road, which we followed eastwards as far as Tilton.
At this point, the rain had eased off a little and one of our members was keen to climb to the top of the Downs. However his enthusiasm was over-ruled and we proceeded in a small loop around to Charleston Farmhouse. We then retraced our steps along the Coach Road, returning past Firle church and the village, slightly damp, but not completely drenched as we had feared. The walk was led by Alan.
This was held in the very pleasant setting of the Mid-Sussex Golf Club near Ditchling. We were blessed with fair weather – bright, dry and not too cold (next day would have been a very different matter). Thirty-four members of the LFG gathered for a pre-lunch drink before sitting down for a splendid lunch. The ambiance is perfect for this sort of event. Guests can meet up and renew old acquaintances in the bar area before the lunch, then enjoy the bright, airy private space with seating at several round tables, offering plenty of room for people to circulate between courses or after the meal. As always, it proved an excellent opportunity for members, some regular walkers and others who may no longer be such active walkers, to meet and socialise in a convivial atmosphere. It was generally agreed that this was a promising start to the new year.
Twenty-five walkers left Lewes on January 2nd to go to Wilmington for a five and a half mile hilly walk. We were fortunate to have a beautifully sunny and clear day for this downland walk. Starting from the small car park at the south end of the village, we took the steep footpath to Windover hill, passing the feet of the Long Man on the way and then continuing uphill to join the South Downs Way. At the next junction we turned right to follow the path down to Lullington Heath, with excellent views in all directions on our way.
The coffee stop was taken at a dew pond with a seat. Then proceeding east past Oldkiln Bottom to Holt Brow just above Jevington, we turned left at the crossing path. Heading north in a crisp north wind, we passed the remains of Hill Barn and with a long view to the east. On the way back to Wilmington Hill, a large barrow was passed a second time. It was back down the footpath to the village and car park. The walk was led by Keith.
On Sunday the Lewes Footpaths Group set out on the Herstmonceux Castle walk (ESCC route 30), beginning in Boreham Street. We stuck to Boreham Lane for the first part of the walk rather than crossing the fields in view of the state of the stiles and the excessively inquisitive nature of the horses occupying the paddocks. Turning right into Jenners Lane, we then left the road and followed the field edge in the direction of Herstmonceux Castle.
The day was still and grey; the only signs of life were robins and wrens getting territorial in the hedgerows, and the sound of gunshots from a shooting party annihilating the bird life in the distance. The path took us to the main Wartling road for a short stretch, after which we turned left onto the footpath running alongside the Herstmonceux science centre, its observatory domes looking strangely alien in the English countryside. The path, part of the 1066 Country Walk, took us past the front of the castle, once one of the most important brick buildings of the 15th century, now restored and part of a Canadian university. We stopped for a coffee break in the next field, then followed a bridleway to enter the woods behind the castle. We returned along the lanes – pleasantly traffic-free on a Sunday morning.
Seven early birds, shepherded by Graham, caught the bus to Ringmer at the unearthly hour of seven o’ clock. Just as we left the confines of Ringmer village the rain began and rain wear was quickly donned. It did not last long but an intermittent, showery dampness stayed with us for the rest of the stroll. A short, sharp climb took us to the site of the Glynde Wind Turbine which is tall but not as tall as many turbines. Its sleek lines contrasted with the gently rotting remains of what, one assumes, was a post windmill from days of old. By this time the sun had risen though there was nothing in the sky to confirm that specific event apart from the fact that we could now see where we were going. Pressing on we walked up Week Lane to Saxon Cross and into the low cloud that spoiled the view but added to the atmosphere. On the golf course there were no golfers but a solitary dog walker loomed out of the clouds and then disappeared. An excellent breakfast was enjoyed at Le Magasin and it was generally agreed that this had been a good way to start the day.
Old and new wind power
Big, tall swishy thing
On a crisp, sunny day nineteen of us wrapped up well as we set off for a six-mile walk from Southease. We followed the path alongside the River Ouse for about a mile before crossing the busy Newhaven-Lewes road. Here we found a farm track for a short while until we turned off it to climb steeply through bushes startling a number of ring-necked pheasants. At the top, we admired the views of the Downs whilst sheep munched their ways through a field of turnips.
Our rough track led us to the north end of Peacehaven where palatial houses are interspersed with more modest buildings. From there, we made our way toward Telscombe village church for our coffee break. Leaving the church yard, we passed the old hostel now being extended and converted into terraced housing. It was a short climb along the village road until we turned off onto a chalk track which descended into the valley. By the “spider” bench, we turned left to follow the South Downs Way. There were spectacular views as we headed towards Rodmell village. Walking past the Abergavenny Arms, we passed close to Monks House, the former home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, and saw the small village school on our right and church on our left. The permissive path, running parallel to the main road, led us back to Southease. After passing the 12th century church with its unusual round tower, we were soon back to our cars. The walk was led by Margaret and Jeannette.
On Wednesday 30th November, the coldest night of the year so far, we met at Lewes bus station. The temperature was hovering around zero. We took the 28 bus to Housedean Farm, crossed the bridge over the A27 and picked up the South Downs Way. As we climbed the first hill in brilliant sunshine, without a breath of wind, we warmed up and started shedding scarves and layers of clothing. On this clear, sparkling day the views were stunning.
We followed the ups and downs of the South Down Way until we stopped for our coffee break at the top of Balmer Down. Here, half a dozen men were manoeuvring sheep, one by one, through a metal enclosure. We found out that they were testing the sheep for pregnancy and if the ewes were carrying twins. From this viewpoint, we could clearly see the i-360 observation tower on Brighton seafront.
Suitably refreshed, we carried on to Blackcap before skirting the racing stables. When we reached Landport Bottom Nature Reserve one or two walkers, who lived at the top of town, turned off whilst the rest of us continued towards the town centre. Thirteen members took part in the walk which was led by Janet. Photos by Graham.
The sun shines on the righteous walkers
The undignified scanning of pregnant sheep
Forecasts of volatile weather & train cancellations slimmed the participants down to a compact half-dozen. In the event it was calmer and drier than anticipated. Although the wind made its presence felt, by avoiding exposed ridges no one caught a chill, and everyone enjoyed the walk, or so they told me at the time! The train was only 10 minutes the late, which is as good as one can expect these days.
After reaching Wannock from Polegate station we took a path on the edge of the village up an increasingly steep sided river valley, lush with ferns & other vegetation. The path was narrow so some concentration was required, but all stayed upright. Crossing the Jevington road by Filching Manor was followed by a cardio- vascular workout up through some woods, followed by a more open and gentle route hugging the side of the hill, before dropping into Jevington via the cricket pavilion, with only a short section of road walking.
We then passed allotments, fields of horses, pausing when reaching the Wealdway to lighten our load by consuming whatever refreshments we had been carrying. The route then opened out into fine downland views, before descending into Folkington. To complete the route we climbed up to the reservoir, finally descending gently back to Wannock & then Polegate Station. The walk was led by Peter.
The weather forecast was not that encouraging. Although exceptionally mild (it reached 17 degrees – in mid-November!) and with almost no wind, we were promised a thick blanket of cloud all day with intermittent showers, not great for a walk characterised by the wonderful views (weather permitting). However, against all expectations, the clouds parted and the sun shone all morning. It was so much warmer than we had anticipated that we found we had to shed some of the layers, especially on the ascents.
We started the walk from the Lancing Ring Nature Reserve car park. Six of us set off and followed the path, first a hedgerow-lined track, then into open country and the ascent up Steep Down to the trig point at the top. From here, the views are stunning – to the south, the glistening sea, the urban sprawl along the coast towards Brighton, with the new i360 tower just visible in the far distance, the outline of Lancing College chapel and, in all other directions, the undulating downland scenery of grazing sheep, cattle and arable fields.
The walk then turned eastwards, passing Coombehead Wood, where we stopped for a brief refreshment break in the warm sunshine; then on towards the small village of Coombe, down in the Adur valley below with the somewhat eerie long abandoned Beeding cement works in the distance and Shoreham and its ever busy airport to the south.
Our return route took us across fields, down a fairly steep descent to Cow Bottom and the impressive flint animal enclosure, Cowbottom Hovel, then up a steep footpath to the top of Lancing Hill. And very soon we were back at the car park.
We all agreed that we were so lucky to have been out in this splendid landscape on what was very likely to be the last warm day of the year. The walk was led by Vivien.
17 strollers set out on a short walk from “The Laughing Fish” pub at Isfield. As we started from the village, it was a beautiful sunny morning with frost still on the ground. The highlight of our walk was following the River Ouse through water meadows until we reached the Anchor Inn. The riverside pub, so busy on summer afternoons, had no other customers for a scenic winter morning coffee break.
Afterwards, we made our way across the water meadows, walking parallel to the disused railway until we came out onto the Lewes Road leading into Isfield. Once back at the pub, a few of us had a drink there and others went on to the Farm Shop further down the road. The short stroll was led by Margaret and Mike.
Our leader, Robert, took the Group into a part of West Sussex they had not explored before. Starting at Clapham Church, the party went through some woodland and parkland to arrive at the top of the scarp slope above Long Furlong. Beautiful views of the Weald were obtained as it was a sunny day. After a coffee break, the party made their way to the crest of the A 280 near Tolmare Farm. The return route to Clapham was along the Monarchs Way and Longfurlong Lane before we crossed the A 280 again and went back through the wood to Clapham Church.
REPORTS for 2017
· Selmeston – Monday 1 January 2018
· Eridge - Sunday 17 December 2017
· Greenway near Sidley – Wednesday 15 November 2017
· Friston Forest – Sunday 5 November 2017
· East Brighton - Tuesday 31 October 2017
· Ardingly – Sunday 22 October 2017
· Alfriston – Wednesday 18 October 2017
· Berwick Station circular - Sunday 8 October 2017
· Lewes Loop Four: Plumpton to Barcombe Cross – Tuesday 26 September 2017
· In the 'Paw Prints of Winnie the Pooh' – Sunday 17 September 2017
· Shortgate – Wednesday 13 September 2017
· Lewes to Kingston Evening Walk – Tuesday 29 August 2017
· To the Half Moon and Back – Sunday 20 August 2017
· Devil’s Dyke – Wednesday 16 August 2017
· A Walk by the Middle Adur – Sunday 6 August 2017
· Littlington – Sunday 23 July
· Barcombe to South Chailey – Wednesday 19 July 2017
· Coach Trip to Scotney Castle - Tuesday 11 July 2017
· Hellingly Circular – Tuesday 4 July 2017
· Orchid Walk, Castle Hill Nature Reserve - Sunday 25 June 2017
· Summer Solstice Sunset Stroll - Wednesday 21 June 2017
· Wild Flower Walk – Sunday 11 June 2017
· Lewes Loop Three – Tuesday 6 June 2017
· The Downs above Firle – Sunday May 28, 2017
· Pycombe Stroll – Wednesday 24 May 2017
· The Medway in Sussex – Sunday 14 May 2017
· Lewes Loop 2 – Sunday 30 April 2017
· Upper Dicker and Arlington – Wednesday 26 April 2017
· Lewes Loop One B – Tuesday 18 April 2017
· Scandalous Eastbourne – Tuesday 11 April 2017
· Lewes Loop One – Sunday 2 April 2017
· Seaford Head – Sunday 26 March 2017
· Newick to Little Horsted – Wednesday 8 March 2017
· Mark Cross – Sunday 26 February
· Lewes Stroll – Tuesday 21 February 2017
· Ashdown Forest - Sunday 12 February 2017
· Moulescoomb to Falmer - Sunday 29 January 2017
· Kingston Stroll – Wednesday 25 January 2017
· Firle – Sunday 15 January 2017
· New Year Lunch – Wednesday 11 January 2017
· Wilmington – Monday 2 January 2017
WALK REPORTS for 2016
· Boreham Street – Sunday 18 December 2016
· Sunrise Stroll – Wednesday 13 December 2016
· Southease –Sunday 4 December 2016
· Housedean to Lewes – Wednesday 30 Nov 2016
· Polegate Circular – Sunday 20 November 2016
· Lancing - Tuesday 15 Nov 2016
· Isfield – Tuesday 8 Nov 2016
· Clapham – Wednesday 2 Nov 2016
· Hurstpierpoint – Sunday 23 October 2016
· Crow and Gate to Five Ashdown– Tuesday 18 October 2016
· Chelwood Vachery - Wednesday 12 Oct 2016
· Peacehaven Circular – Sunday 9 Oct 2016
· High Hurstwood – Wednesday 28 September 2016
· Newick to North Chailey to Isfield – Tuesday 20 September 2016
· Stroll Cuckmere Haven – Wednesday 14 September 2016
· Evening walk with Supper Fulking – Wednesday 7 September 2016
· Barcombe. Favourite Walk 9 – Monday 29 August 2016
· Goring by Sea (Change from Binstead Woods) – Tuesday 23 August 2016
· Firle - Alciston Favourite Walk 5– Sunday 14 August 2016
· Laughton Circular – Tuesday 26 July 2016
· Ripe – Wednesday 20 July 2016
· Pyecombe – Sunday 17 July 2016
· Ightham Mote Coach Trip – Wednesday 13 July 2016
· Breakfast Walk Newmarket to Spring Barn – Saturday 9 July
· Stonegate – Sunday 3 July
· Bexhill to Hastings – Tuesday 28 June 2016
· Rushlake Green - Sunday 19 June 2016
· Castle Hill Nature Reserve - 12 June 2016
· Danehill Stroll - 8 June 2016
· Pevensey – Sunday 5 June 2016
· Ashdown Forest Spring Hill – Sunday 22 May 2016
· Mystery Evening Walk with Supper – Wednesday 18 May 2016
· Southease to Lewes Stroll – Wednesday 11 May 2016
· Uckfield Rocks & Rivers - Sunday 24 April 2016
· Cuckoo Trail Stroll –Wednesday 20 April 2016
· Polegate – Sunday 10 April 2016
· Balsdean Valley – Easter Sunday 27 March 2016
· Newick to Sheffield Park - Tuesday 22 March 2016
· Stroll Newhaven to Seaford – Tuesday 15 March 2016
· Punnetts Town – Sunday 13 March 2016
· East Dean Circular - Sunday 28 February 2016
· Stroll in Stanmer Park – Tuesday 16 February 2016
· Wilmington Circular via Alfriston - Wednesday 10 February 2016
· Plumpton Sunday - 26 January 2016
· Portslade - Sunday 31 January 2016
· Ashdown Forest (Changed to Lewes Walk) - Sunday 17 January 2016
WALK REPORTS for 2015
· Seaford Slater Trail – Sunday 20 December 2015
· Lancing – 6 December 2015
· Plumpton – Sunday 22 November 2015
· Alciston – Sunday 8 November 2015
· Upper Beeding & Bramber Down – Sunday 25 October 2015
· Lewes to Stanmer – Tuesday 20 October 2015
· Jevington – Sunday 11 October 2015
· Berwick Selmeston Ripe Chalvington – Tuesday 22 September 2015
· Littleworth – Wednesday 9 September 2015
· Seven Sisters & Friston Forest – Monday 31 August 2015
· Rodmell Stroll – Tuesday 25 August 2015
· Fulking - Wednesday 12 August 2015
· Offham Combe – Sunday 2 August 2015
· Hastings - Tuesday 28 July 2015
· Ringmer to Barcombe – Saturday 18 July 2015
· Stroll at Barcombe – Wednesday 8 July 2015
· Hassocks - Sunday 5 July 2015
· Arlington – Wednesday 1 July 2015
· Crowborough – Sunday 21 June 2015
· Breakfast Walk Glynde to YHA South Downs – Saturday 6 June 2015
· Battle – Wednesday 3 June 2015
· Peacehaven to Lewes – Sunday 31 May 2015
· Falmer to Lewes – Tuesday 19 May 2015
· Fishersgate to Shoreham to Lancing - Sunday 10 May 2015
· Bolney – Sunday 26 April 2015
· Chiddingly- Monday 6 April 2015
· Fletching – Wednesday 18 March 2015
· Littlehampton Circular – Tuesday 3 March 2015
· Bishopstone to Southease Youth Hostel – Sunday 8 March 2015
· Around Clayton – Sunday 22 February 2015
· Folkington to Jevington - Wednesday 18 February 2015
· Stroll Newhaven to Seaford – Wednesday 11 February 2015
· Plumpton – Sunday 8 February 2015
· Steyning – Tuesday 3 February 2015
· East Dean Circular – Sunday 25 January 2015
· Pre-prandial Stroll. Buxted – Wednesday 14 January 2015
· Downs North of Lewes – Sunday 11 January 2015
WALK REPORTS for 2014
· St Leonards – Tuesday 16 December 2014
· Firle to Charleston – Wednesday 10 December 2014
· Coleman’s Hatch - Sunday 7 December 2014
· Lewes Racecourse & Mount Harry – Tuesday 25 November 2014
· Balsdean Valley – Tuesday 18 November 2014
· Blackboys – Sunday 9 November
· Ardingly Reservoir – Sunday 26 October
· Plumpton – Tuesday 21 October 2014
· Arundel to Goring - Wednesday 15 October 2014
· North Chailey - Tuesday 16 September 2014
· Fletching - Sunday 7 September 2014
· Bishopstone to Alfriston - Tuesday 2 September 2014
· Glynde - Sunday 24 August 2014
· Ditchling Stroll - Tuesday 19 August 2014
· Lewes to Spain (aka Saltdean) - Tuesday 19 August 2014
· 50th Anniversary Walks - Tuesday 12 August 2014
· Ardingly - Wednesday 6 August 2014
· Polesden Lacey - Wednesday 23 July 2014
· Plumpton - Sunday 13 July 2014
· Rodmell - Sunday 9 July 2014
· Burgess Hill - Sunday 29 June 2014
· Ovingdean & Undercliffe - Tuesday 24 June 2014
· Stroll - Tuesday 17 June 2014
· High Hurstwood - Sunday 15 June 2014
· Horsted Keynes - Tuesday 27 May 2014
· Battle of Lewes Celebration - Saturday 10 May 2014
· 1st Stroll Bramber - Tuesday 22 April 2014
· Polegate to Berwick Station - Wednesday 16 April 2014
· Ringmer to Barcombe Circular - Sunday 23 March 2014
· Uckfield to Little Horstead - Wednesday 19 March 2014
· Hadlow Down - Sunday 9 March 2014
· Plumpton Green - Tuesday 4 March 2014
· Horam - Sunday 23 February 2014
· Ashdown Forest - Wednesday 19 February 2014
· Fletching - Tuesday 4 February 2014
· Chailey Common - Sunday 26 January 2014
· Shortgate - Wednesday 22 January 2014
· Pre-Prandial Stroll Stanmer - Wednesday 15 January 2014
· Housedean to Lewes - Tuesday 7 January 2014
· Falmer - Wednesday 1 January 2014
WALK REPORTS for 2013
· 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
WALK REPORTS for 2012
· 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
WALK REPORTS for 2011
· 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
WALK REPORTS for 2010
· 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
WALK REPORTS for 2009
· 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
WALK REPORTS for 2008
· 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.
ARCHIVED 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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