Walks Programme

POLEGATE  RAMBLING  CLUB

WALKS PROGRAMME  JAN TO  MAY 2022 

Welcome to our walking programme. Before you go on a walk, you will need to book with the walk leader.  Please contact the leader no sooner than 9.00 am. on the preceding Friday. Bookings made before that time will be ignored. This allows the leader to hold a record of all walkers and to limit the amount of walkers if necessary and to make changes accordingly.  Booking is not required for the Leisurely walks. 

All walks start from the Rec. at 9.30 am prompt unless otherwise stated. Car Parking Charge (SVP) to be shared between car occupants. SVP is payable to the driver by each passenger as it is a reasonable contribution to the fuel used. Leisure walkers please check bus timetables and remember to take your bus passes. Books of walks and maps are available to borrow from the Walks’ Secretary.

In order to keep to safe walking practices, we ask you to comply with the following advice:

  • Please ensure you book on with the leader of the walk from 09:00 Friday preceding the walk, no bookings will be taken beforehand and any before Friday 09:00 will be discounted.
  • Please inform the leader if you are booked on but cannot make the walk thereby freeing up a space for someone else on the waiting list.
  • Please ask the leader if you are unsure of the start of the walk.
  • If you have booked on to a walk and require transport from the recreation ground to the start of the walk it is advisable to arrange this beforehand as we cannot guarantee to organise lifts on the day, so you may be disappointed if you just turn up. Please follow strict social distancing arrangements including using face coverings where appropriate if car sharing and on the walk.
  • Please check the website regularly for updates and for any guidance notes and please familiarise yourselves with them.
  • Please assist those not on email and without internet access to print off and tell them about any changes.

Please note:- All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception.  Despite the safety of members always being of paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important, therefore, that when entering into the activity each member appreciates that he/she has a responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to occur. 

Any questions please contact Mick on 07484 104460


It is suggested that if you are thinking of joining us for the first time on one of our walks you contact the leader for details. Feel free to come and walk with us for a few times before deciding if you wish to join.

LEISURELY walks – 2 to 3 miles, generally avoiding hills and poor surfaces, taken at a leisurely pace.

SHORT walks – approx. 5 miles at a moderately brisk pace and finishing around 12:30, includes a 15min stop at a grassy spot for a drink if you’ve brought one.

LONG walks – 8 to 11 miles at a moderately brisk pace, with a midday break for picnic/cafe/pub lunch and finishing mid-afternoon


May 2022

May  5th

ABBOTTS BLUEBELLS      6 miles 2 stiles
A picturesque flat walk through Abbots Wood at Bluebell time. Lovely woodland and some field paths with a short section of lane walking. Polegate Sayerland Road at 09:45 Please park with respect to residents driveway access and NOT in the turning area at the dead end.
Judy 07802877514 or 486756 SVP N/A

MAY FIELDS AND WOODS    9 ½ miles 17 stiles
Undulating walk from Mayfield through woodland and meadows. Polegate Rec. at 09:30. Picnic
John & Theresa 07719437464 or 726685 SVP £3.40

May 12th

BLUEBELLS IN HORAM ?     2 ½ miles
Bus 51 Polegate Downland Medical Centre @ 09:45 to Horam, Uneven Woodland Trail (£2 entry fee) around lakes and then refreshments at the café.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

WILMINGTON GREEN    5 miles. 2 stiles
A flat walk across fields, tracks and bridle ways from Wilmington Green to Arlington Church for coffee and then via Bates Green into Abbotts Wood returning to Wilmington. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Olive & Jeremy 07941453405 or 504653 SVP 50p

ALFRISTON LOOP    10 miles 2 stiles
Downland and river walk. Please park away from school entrance at North Road Alfriston. Polegate Rec. at 09:30 Picnic
Lesley 07933237300 SVP £1.00

May 19th

BIRLING GAP/EAST DEAN CIRCULAR    5 miles 2 stiles
Birling Gap walk to East Dean over Went Hill then back over the fields via Cornish Farm. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Lindsey 07974930105 or 501394 SVP £1.20

RINGMER, LEWES AND SUSSEX OUSE VALLEY WAY      10 miles 10 stiles
All good footpaths, very little road walking and only one proper hill, otherwise flat. Good views. Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic
John and Marion 724972 or text 07732971557 SVP £2.40

May 26th

SEAFRONT STROLL   2 miles
Bus 51 at 09:45, Polegate taxi office to Cornfield Rd. then to Bandstand for seafront walk, coffee stop before return.
Joy 487269

TO THE FEET AND BACK      5 miles 2 stiles
From Alfriston with a slow climb, not steep, to the foot of the Long Man and return via one of Britain’s oldest Yew trees. Free parking near Alfriston School in North Road. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Gary 351553 or 07773382426 SVP £1.20

MAYBE SOME ORCHIDS?     9 miles, 3 stiles
Walk from the Rec via Wannock, above Folkington, Long Man and Milton Street and back via Wilmington. Downland paths and fields. Steep hill above Folkington.
Mick  07484104460 SVP N/A

JUNE 2022

JUNE 2nd       BUSHEY WOOD

GROUP WALK AND PICNIC TO CELEBRATE THE QUEENS’ PLATINUM JUBILEE (All groups)

 Meet Polegate Rec. 9:30 for shared transport to Bushey Wood or meet at Bushey Wood at 10:00 for 10:15 start. Flat walk both 5miles and 3 miles around Bushey Wood, Arlington and Knockhatch areas. Non-walkers meet at Bushey Wood around 12:30 where everyone will have their own lunch, (please prepare and take your own picnic) Tea/coffee and cakes to be provided by PRC. Maybe a campfire if we are lucky.

 Judy  07802877514 for all details and register your interest.

June 9th       

WESTHAM TO PEVENSEY VILLAGE  2  miles
Downlands Medical Centre for 10:10 bus No. 6 to Westham. Walk from Westham Church around fields and Pevensey High St.  Refreshments at the end.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

COWBEECH CIRCULAR  5.5 miles 6 stiles
Undulating walk through orchards, woods and hamlets. Polegate Rec @ 09:30
Barbara O 07709998678 or 840622 SVP 1.80

NOT GETTING LOST AROUND COWBEECH  10 miles 7 stiles.

A pleasant walkthrough fields and woods with a couple of undulations but no steep hills!! Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic Gill  07963930941 SVP £1.50

June 11th (Saturday)  LONDON WALK No 2   7.5 miles No Stiles

Following last year’s enjoyable  London Walk, Alan has organised a flat walk from Tower Hill Tube Station and walk along the southern bank of the Thames Path to Greenwich Park. Here you can take a leisurely stroll around the park to finish at Greenwhich Pier.

 Alan  07753610752 for all details and register your interest. Closing date is 4th June Places may be limited.

June 16th     

BEACHY HEAD SCENIC WALK   5 miles No stiles
Bedes school Eastbourne gentle scenic walk with beautiful sea views with one challenging hill.  Polegate Rec 09:30 
David & Jan 07713938695 or 07837915544 SVP £1

CAKE, BUBBLES AND A WALK THROWN IN   10  miles, 15 stiles.
Walk from Patience’s  place at Guestling. Bring swimsuit for post walk swim if hot. Picnic. Polegate Rec. 09:15
Patience 07764300287 SVP £4

June 23rd   

FROM HIGH TO LOW   2.5 miles possibly 1 stile
Polegate taxi office for 09:45 bus No. 51 to Eastbourne then onward bus to Frison Pond. First part flattish then downhill to refreshments at East Dean.
Maureen & Eileen 483337 or Eileen 482837

JUBILEE TRAIL    5 miles, few stiles if any.
Downland walk using Jubilee Trail and the Downs. Polegate Rec at 09:30 Leader at the start YHA (East Dean Rd).
Brenda 726165 SVP £1.10

STARS AND STRIPES – 4TH JUNE   9 miles, ? stiles
Walk around Rushlake Green area, paths and fields. Pub at the end. Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic.
Jenny 07594504828 SVP £1.80

June 30th   

DO WE EVER GET TIRED OF BEACHY HEAD?  6 miles No stiles
Downland walk  around Beachy Head with a few undulations. Polegate Rec 09:30
Gill 07963930941 SVP £1.60

DOWNS, TOWNS AND RIVERS     9 ½  miles, 8 stiles.
Walking from Cooksbridge across a variety of landscapes. Farmland to Barcombe Church for coffee then along the Ouse to Lewes for lunch. Finally a gradual ascent to Black Cap and Mount Harry descending to Cooksbridge. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic
Alan 07753610752 SVP £3.20

JULY 2022

July 7th

CUCKMERE HAVEN  3 miles
Polegate taxi office for 09:45 bus 51 to Eastbourne railway station then Brighton bus to Exceat. Walk to sea before returning for refreshments.
Joy 487269

SEAFORD HEAD AND AROUND   5 miles 7 stiles
A circular Downs walk past Chyngton Farm Vanguard Way coastal cottages. Hope Gap to Seaford Head then back to car park. About 4 1/2 miles, no stiles. Uphill climb from Hope Gap to Seaford Head. Lovely views of the Seven Sisters

Parking at South Hill Barn car park Seaford. Sheila & David 07845490663 or 500877 SVP £1.70.

DOWNLAND STROLL   9 ½ miles No stiles
Butts to East Dean, Friston and Jevington. Tea at Jayne’s afterwards. Please confirm your tea when you book on to the walk. Please remember residents Car Park card if you have one. Polegate Rec at 09:30 Picnic
Jayne 07775631499 SVP 50p

14th CHALVINGTON LOOP    5 miles 12 stiles
A gentle walk on flat easy footpaths with a little stretch on a quiet lane and visiting two quintessential villges. Ramblers are rewarded halfway with a visit to the Ripe Village Store for delicious scones and/or cakes for those who desire. Requests to Leader when booking please. Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Denise 07528957735 or 646303. SVP £1.60

HORAM AND RUSHLAKE GREEN – THE OTHER WAY   10 ½ miles, 10 stiles
Horam, Old Heathfield and Rushlake Green, undulating on a variety of paths. Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
Doris & Gavin 07552763683 or 723541 SVP £1.60

July (15th (Saturday) 

LONDON WALK  Thames path   7.5 miles No Stiles

Following last year’s enjoyable  London Walk, Alan has organised a flat walk from Tower Hill Tube Station and walk along the southern bank of the Thames Path to Greenwich Park. Here you can take a leisurely stroll around the park to finish at Greenwhich Pier.

 Alan  07753610752 for all details and register your interest. Closing date is 7th July. Places may be limited.

July 21st

EXPLORING WILLINGDON  2 miles
Polegate taxi office for Bus No. 51 at 09:45 to Church St. Willingdon Footpaths and minor roads, some flat downland walking. Coffee at the end.
Wendy 520015

COPPETEBECHE, COPPEBECHE, COBBEACH, COWBEECH 5 ¼ miles 2 stiles
Gentle ramble from Cowbeech through fields, tracks, woods, orchard, ponds and some road walking. Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Diane & Betty 644996 SVP £1.60

WE FORT IT WAS ABOUT TIME  11 miles No stiles
Downland, river and coastal walk from Telscombe Cliffs Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
John & Theresa 07719437464 or 726685 SVP £3.60

July 28th

WHERE ARE THOSE SHEEP?   5 ¼ miles 2 stiles
Starting at the intriguingly named ‘Bo Peep’ we head south towards Bishopstone but soon turn west to follow a track called ‘The Comp’. We then head turn north to the SDW near Alfriston and then a gradual decent back to Bo Peep. Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP £1.40

FOLLY SPOTTING  9 ½ miles 6 stiles
Tracks and paths around Brightling. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic.
Paul & Barbara 07812822879 SVP £3.20

AUGUST 2022

August 4th

CHALK FARM WILLINGDON  2 miles
Meet at Polegate station @10:00 or Tesco traffic lights. Footpaths and lane/cemetary to Chalk Farm for coffee
Sandra 483991

SOUTH OF RINGMER   4 ½ miles 1 stile
A lovely walk to explore the countryside and contours south of the village of Ringmer. Polegate Rec 09:30
Pat & Brenda 07946401281 or 07905727032 or 471359 or 470114 SVP £2.60

INTO BATTLE  9 ½ miles, 14 stiles
Battle to Crowhurst using some of the 1066 Country Path. Mostly good field and woodland paths, undulating with coffee shop at the end (optional). Polegate Rec. 09:15 Picnic
Marion & John 07732971557 or 724972 SVP £3.20

August 11th

AROUND LITTLINGTON  5 1/3 miles 2 stiles
Downland circular walk from Littlington through SDW combining downland and valley walking.. Polegate Rec 09:30
Sonia 07790184583 or 722654 SVP £1.10>

A WALK IN THE WEALD      10 miles 10 stiles
A mixture of fields and woods with a little street walking and some quiet country lanes. A variety of hills to enjoy. Polegate Rec 09:30
Aled 07858070497 or 484723 SVP £4

August 18th

ROBIN POST LANE TO LITE BITES  3 miles
Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:45 No. 51 bus to Hailsham Roundabout. Skirt Abbotts Wood and could be muddy. Lite Bites for refreshments.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR    5 ½ miles 2 stiles
Downland walk from East Dean, two short ascents taking in Friston and Willingdon Hill with good views to the coast, then descending via SDW and valley floor back to East Dean. Polegate Rec. 09:30
John C 07938833784 or 848784 SVP £1

VILLAGE HOP   0 miles 12 stiles
Circular from Arlington Reservoir taking in 5 Sussex villages. Polegate Rec at 09:30. Picnic
Lindsey 07974930105 or 501394 SVP £1

August 25th

FIRLE BEACON  5 ½ miles No stiles
A circular walk from Firle Beacon down a slope and back up !!!!
Penny & Diane 07778282811or 485336 SVP £1.20

WANNOCK TO ALFRISTON     10 miles 5 stiles
Low ground out, over the hills and back with 2 steep hills Polegate Rec at 09:30. Picnic
John & Esther 07579780999 or 503239 SVP 20p