Walks Programme

ALL WALKS (except Leisurely Walks) depart from Wannock Road Recreation Ground at 9.30 a.m. prompt unless otherwise stated. See the panel on the left – ‘Where to meet’ – for a location map.

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

Printable versions of the Walks Programme are available on the Downloads page.

JUNE 28TH

WALKING THE PARKS. 2 miles
Meet Medical Centre 10.15am for 56 bus to Stone Cross.
Walk to the Mill at Langney. Refreshments.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

LOOKING FOR CASTLES. 5 miles
Broad Oak and Heathfield. Fields, tracks, woods. Undulating.
10 stiles. SVP £2.50
Eric 845569.

RETRACE THE STEPS. 11 miles
From Friston through the forest to the Visitors’ Centre for coffee.
Along the river to Littlington and back through forest to West Dean.
Picnic. 4 stiles. SVP £1+ N.T c.p. or £3 daily charge
Jan 763700 or 07840 954458.

JULY 5TH

POLEGATE TO HILLIER’S AND BACK. 5 miles
Fairly flat. Fields. Coffee at the Nursery. 2 stiles.
Pamela & Helena. 07922 473609. SVP 50p

THREE DEANS. 10 miles
From the coast at Rottingdean, up to the Downs.
Undulating across and then down to the sea. 8 stiles. Picnic.
Aled 484723 or 07858 070497. SVP £3.80

JULY 12TH

LEISURELY. TIDE MILLS. 2 miles
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 Polegate Taxi Office to Eastbourne,
then bus 12A to Tide Mills Newhaven. Refreshments at Denton Corner.
John 489228 or 07792 516202

MAYDAY – MAYDAY. 5 miles
Arlington Reservoir. Water, fields and lovely views. 2 stiles
Heather 506137. SVP £1 + c.p. charge £2 or use road layby.

ALFRISTON CIRCULAR. 10 ½ miles
Combining Downland and valley. Some steep sections. 5 stiles. Picnic.
Sue 365158 or 07833 938903. SVP £1.10

JULY 19TH

IN SEARTH OF BOTTOMS! 5 miles
A grassy walk on open rolling Downland, west of Eastbourne.
Passing several dew ponds in classic sheep country. No stiles.
Betty 640663 or 07713 032564 & Wendy 520015. SVP £1.20 + c.p. charge or residents card

A BEAUTIFUL HIGH WEALD WALK 9 miles
Burwash and Batemans. Three hills and some stiles but the views make the effort worthwhile.
12 stiles approx.
John R. 724972 or 07732 971557. SVP £3

JULY 26TH

LEISURELY. FIGURE OF EIGHT WALK. 2 miles
Meet 9.47 for bus 51 Medical Centre to Mayfield. Two short hills. Refreshments.
John 489228 or 07792 516202

BESIDE THE SEA. 5 ½ miles approx.
Sovereign Swim Centre to Holywell and back.
Maureen 765725 or 07976 879585. SVP £1.40 + c.p. charge or road parking

COASTAL AND DOWNLAND TRAILS. 11 ½ miles
Extensive views of the Sussex coastline and Downs. Hilly. 7 stiles.
Colin 07446 458138. SVP £1

AUGUST 2ND

ALONG THE OLD COACH ROAD. 5 ¾ miles
A flat walk which includes the villages of Alfriston, Alciston and Berwick. 2 stiles.
Alan J. 500664 or 07753 610752. SVP £1.10 + c.p. charge max £3 or use street parking

CIRCULAR OF EAST DEAN. 10 miles
From East Dean to the Sisters, Birling Gap and Beachy Head through the golf course.
Very hilly. No stiles. Leader at start.
Vicky 01424 225859 or 07512 951437. SVP £1

AUGUST 9TH

LEISURELY. BANDSTAND TO HOLYWELL CAFÉ. 2 ½ miles
Meet 9.47 for bus 51 Polegate Taxi Office.
Walk from Terminus Road to Bandstand and then onto Holywell Café.
Christine C. 488442 or 07709 201339.

ALFRISTON – SOUTH DOWNS – BERWICK CIRCULAR. 5 miles
From Alfriston Town Cross climb steep ascent to the South Downs.
Proceed on Downland walk, descent, then flat fields. 2 stiles.
Olive & Jeremy Green 504653 or 07896 851797. SVP £1 + c.p. charge or street parking.

WINDMILL HILL CIRCULAR. 9 miles
Mainly open country. Leader at start. Picnic.
Lucy C. 07817 279241. SVP £2.10

AUGUST 16TH

THE BARCOMBE WALK. 5.3 miles
A walk across fields and quiet country lanes
following the river Ouse to Barcombe Mills. 5 stiles.
Pat 471359 or 07946 401281 & Brenda 470114 or 07905 727032. SVP £3.40

TWO HILLS. 11 miles
Patcham, Brighton. Ascents/descents. Chalk and Downland paths. 8 stiles. Picnic.
Glyn 482416 or 07985 338843. SVP £3.80

AUGUST 23RD

LEISURELY. SUMMER TIME OUT IN THE COUNTRY. 2 ½ miles
Meet 9.47 for bus 51 Medical Centre. Alight Hellingly Village Hall.
Flat and no mud. Bring own refreshments.
Rick 482138.

PEVENSEY, RICKNEY CIRCULAR. 5 miles
A little road walking, following a river on part of the walk. 3 stiles.
Vic 412554. SVP £1.20 + c.p. charge £2

FOLLOW THE OLD COACH ROAD. 8 miles
Firle, Charleston Farm, Alciston and Berwick.
Fields and paths along the foot of the Downs. 1 stile. Picnic.
Jayne 500855 or 07775 631499. SVP £1.60

AUGUST 30TH

VIEW OF THE SEA FROM THE CASTLE. 5 miles
Across marsh to Pevensey Bay. Along beach and back across the marsh.
Tim 767141 or 07786 923953. SVP £1

“HISTORY ON YOUR DOORSTEP”. 10 miles
Patcham, Pyecombe and Clayton. Downland and the Chattri Memorial. Some stiles. Picnic.
David 381228 or 07847 178055. SVP £3.80

SEPTEMBER 6TH

LEISURELY. SUMMER WALK. 2 miles
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 Polegate Taxi Office to Eastbourne, then bus 12A to Bishopstone.
Cycle path to Denton Corner. Refreshments.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

ALONG THE GALLOPS AND BACK. 5 ½ miles
A descent to Jevington, then along the “Gallops” to Friston and
back using the Old Willingdon Road. 2 stiles.
Alan 500664 or 07763 610752 SVP 50p +c.p. charge or use Residents’ card

JARVIS BROOK FORD. 9 ½ miles. MEET 9.15 AM
Crowborough. Some roads, paths and tracks. 2 stiles. Picnic.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812 822879 or 07790 708616. SVP £4

SEPTEMBER 13TH

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW, WHERE SKIES ARE BLUE. 5 miles
From East Dean follow the Yellow Brick Road up the hill. 2 stiles.
Roger L. 723268 or 07929 115916. SVP £1

A TON OF CHURCHES. 10 ½ miles
A pilgrimage to six Downland churches. Short stretch of road walking. 12 stiles. Picnic.
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464

SEPTEMBER 20TH

LEISURELY. “A WALK IN THE PARK”. 2 miles
Meet 9.47 for bus 51 Medical Centre, or meet outside Eastbourne Library at 10.30.
Pavement, grass and footpaths. Coffee at end.
Anne 503736 or 07936 167683.

LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING REVISITED. 5 miles
From Alfriston across levels, up to Lullington, Long Man, Wilmington Church.
One long hill. 2 stiles.
Gary 351553 or 07773 382426. SVP £1.20

BETTY’S WALK. 8 miles
Wilmington circular. One steep climb with ups and downs. Tea available at end. 4 stiles.
Jill H. 737073 or 07759 719844. SVP 60p

SEPTEMBER 27TH

EAST DEAN – WEST DEAN – CIRCULAR. 5 miles
Up to Friston Pond, across A259 (with care) into Friston Forest
to West Dean Church and return. 4 stiles.
Roger C. 351108 or 07596 953120. SVP £1

WALKING FESTIVAL.
WILMINGTON – WEST DEAN – ALFRISTON CIRCULAR. 9 ½ miles
Long climb at start to top of The Long Man,
then field paths and short sections of road. 9 stiles. Picnic.
John 724972 or 07732 971557. SVP 60p

OCTOBER 4TH

LEISURELY. HEATHFIELD WALKABOUT. 2 ½ miles
Meet 9.47 for bus 51 Medical Centre. Alight Prospect Road. Mostly flat. One slope.
Refreshments at Heathfield.
Rick 482138.

VINEYARDS, RIVER AND VIEWS. 4 ½ miles
Mainly flat. One steep hill down and one hill up again.
Views of Rathfinny Wine Estate. 3 stiles.
Chris 890258. SVP £1.80

SISTERS – THERE WERE NEVER SUCH DEVOTED SISTERS! 8 ½ miles
East Dean, fringing on Birling Gap, Cuckmere Haven and Friston Forest.
Hilly. Slippery. No stiles. Picnic.
Jan 763700 or 07840 955458. SVP £1

OCTOBER 11TH

WATER, FIELDS AND WOODS. 5 miles
Arlington Reservoir circular via Selmeston and Berwick.
Slightly undulating. 2 stiles. Bring coffee.
Carol 484152 or 07906 268359. SVP 1 + £2 c.p. charge or use layby.

A HEARTFELT WALK. 10 ¼ miles
Butts Brow, Jevington, Friston and East Dean. Hilly. No stiles. Picnic.
Gill B. 655881 or 07547 005058. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or use Residents’ card.

OCTOBER 18TH

LEISURELY. LOCAL PATHS AND TWITTENS. 2 ½ miles
Meet Polegate/Wannock rec 10am. Wannock and Lower Willingdon.
Flat easy walking to the British Queen for refreshments.
Sandra 483991.

A TALE OF TWO TOWNS. 6 miles
Polegate – Hailsham. Mostly flat walking. Some lane walking.
Some wetland (once impassable). 6 stiles.
Ted 484923 or 07466 195819. Start from rec.

SEDLESCOMBE, BATTLE, NETHERFIELD CIRCULAR. 10 ½ miles
Gently undulating walk. Fields, woods and paths. 10 stiles. Picnic. Leader at start.
Peter 01424 844219 or 07835 922357. SVP £3.20

OCTOBER 25TH

A FEW OF THE SEVEN SISTERS. 4 ½ miles
From East Dean with some steep inclines. No stiles. Picnic.
Louisa 07766 481388 & Sue C. 371417. SVP £1

OUT FOR A RIDE. 9 miles
Over Downlands from Jevington.
Lucie T. 01825 840779 or 07928 666078. SVP 50p

CHRISTMAS GATHERING 13th December 2018 Westham.
AGM 22nd FEBRUARY 2019.
LANGHAM LUNCH 20th MARCH 2019.
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