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

SATURDAY walks – approx. 5 – 6 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.

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

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ADVANCE NOTICE – Christmas Gathering on 19th December 2019, from 12:30 at Westham Village Hall.
Booking form is on the Downloads – Club Events page. Deadline for Booking – 20 November.
5th DECEMBER

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THREE TONS AND THE LONG MAN 5 Miles 7 stiles
Wilmington, Folkington, Milton Street circular. 3 ascents. Beautiful views over Cuckmere Valley.
Royce & Denise 646303 or 07815193363 SVP £0.50p

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Starting at East Dean, the precise route will be dependent on weather conditions. Leader at start.
Liz 01424 846437 or 07904504915 SVP £1.00

12th DECEMBER

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 5 miles 2 stiles
Alfriston across levels to Litlington Church, Long Man and Wilmington Church, one long hill.
Gary 351553 or 07773382426 SVP £1.00

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GUNNING FOR IT 8 ½ miles, 6 stiles
Upper Horsebridge to Gun Hill return via Cuckoo Trail and Hellingly Park. Mostly and possible sticky field paths. Fairly flat. Picnic
John 724972 or 07732971557 SVP £1

14th DECEMBER

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EAST DEAN AND THE 4 SISTERS  5 ½ miles 1 stile
East Dean, Downland, four and a half hills in 5 and a half miles. Iconic views, visibility permitting.
Richard 722654 or 07926500419 SVP £1.10

19th DECEMBER

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CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON (WESTHAM) 3.5 miles 2 stiles
PLEASE WEAR YOUR SPECIAL XMAS HAS HATS ON THIS WALK Westham circular; Optional refreshments inc. mince pie at Pevensey Bay. Meet Westham village hall at 09:45. Non-walkers to meet at Westham Village Hall no earlier than 12:30 please.
Mick and Judy 486756 or 07484104460 or 0780287751. SVP N/A Order form available on the website

26th DECEMBER

BOOTS ON FOR BOXING DAY 4 1/2 miles No stiles
Meet at East Dean Car Park, no transport from Polegate Rec. 10:00am start for traditional walk to Birling Gap and back
Heather 506137 and Sheila  500877 SVP N/A

2nd JANUARY

OVER THE COOMBE 5 miles 4 stiles
Start from Polegate Rec. to Wannock & Jevington rtn. Steepish beginning, then gentle slopes up and down
Sue 371417 SVP N/A

10 FAVOURITE DOWNLAND MILES INTO A NEW DECADE. 10 miles 10 stiles
Extensive Downland and Coastal views over Sussex along the coast to Birling Gap, returning through Friston. Picnic. SVP £1
Colin 07446458138

9th JANUARY

LANGNEY TO BRIDGEMERE 1 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Downland Medical Centre 10:15 for 56 bus to Langney then bus 1 to Priory Rd. Then walk.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

FRISTON FOREST & LITTLINGTON. 5 miles 6 stiles
Challenging walk through Friston Forest to Littlington return
Tim 767141 or 07786923953 SVP £1

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JINGLE ALL THE WAY 9 ½ miles 1 stile
Butts Brow to East Dean, Friston, Jevington and back to Jayne’s for tea. Picnic
Jayne 500855 or 07775631499 SVP £50p

SATURDAY 11th JANUARY

A LOCAL WALK IN REVERSE. 5 miles. 1 stile.
Polegate circular via Mornings Mill, Willingdon and Wannock. Some paths, fields and tracks, moderate walk. Start and finish at Polegate Rec.
Mick & Judy 486756 0r 077484104460 or 07802877514 SVP N/A

16th JANUARY

HOLYWELL 4 miles, No stiles
Eastbourne seafront from St Bedes, climb at first and then level.
Penny 485336 or 07778282811 SVP £1.20

REVISITING THE BISHOP 10 miles 1 stile
Undulating downland Firle to Bishopstone, good views. Picnic
Gill M 733155 or 07963930941 SVP. £1.20

23rd JANUARY

COFFEE AT ST. WILFRIDS 1½ miles
Meet Polegate taxi office at 9:45 for 51 bus to Hampden Park Rugby Club. Walk around lake through twittens to St Wilfrids
Christine 488442

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BUTCHERS HOLE TO EXCEAT 5.3 miles, slightly more if passing Exceat Hill, 1/2 stiles.
Wide paths, no deep mud, undulating with a steep up and down (one side is stairs) but can be by-passed to get to the coffee shop. Safer than my last plan. Stiles 1, maybe 2. Meet 9.30am. at Polegate Rec. Travel to Butchers Hole car park on the Jevington Road, 4 miles away. Parking Fee required.
Nic 484205 or 07733546925. SVP £1.50

A REVERSED SEARCH FOR HERONS 10 miles, 4 stiles
Circular from St Leonards across fields and paths. Leader at the start. Picnic
Patience 01424 813106 or 07764 300287 SVP £3.00

30th JANUARY

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR 5 miles No stiles
Downland walk, undulating
Heather 506137 and Roger 723268 SVP £1.00

HANKHAM RETURN 8 ¾ miles, 6 stiles
Paths and roads, Polegate, Hankham & rtn. Start from Rec. Picnic.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812822879. SVP N/A

6th FEBRUARY

CUCKOO TRAIL 3 miles,
Meet Polegate Medical Centre for 51 bus to South Road Hailsham onto Cuckoo Trail and coffee at the end.
Roy 766342

WHITE HORSE INN CIRCUIT 4 ½ miles 12 stiles
Circular walk from Herstmonceux via Bodle Street, Undulating, some small ascents, sticks recommended
Vicki and Ozker 471635 or 07701051155. SVP £1.80

SEDLESCOMBE CIRCULAR. 10 miles. 13 stiles Leader at the start
Sedlescome to Westfield and back via Kent St. Undulating through woods and fields. Picnic.
Peter 01424 844219 or 07835922357 SVP £3.80

SATURDAY 8th FEBRUARY

GAYLES FARM AND THREE SISTERS 5 miles 7 stiles
Several short, steep ascents and offers glorious views across the Channel, passing the RAF Friston Airfield memorial for those who gave their lives in the 2nd WW.
Alan 500664 or 07753610754 SVP £1

13th FEBRUARY

WILMINGTON AND ARLINGTON CIRCULAR 5 miles 2 stiles
Wilmington Green to Arlington Church via bridle path on to Bates Farm, Abbotts Wood and return
Olive 504653 or 07941453405

LEWES GALLOPS AND VIEWS 11 miles, No stiles
Circular walk west of Lewes via Black Cap, SDW and Kingston with stunning views all around. Picnic
Alan 500664 or 07753610752 SVP £2.60

20th FEBRUARY

TALE OF 2 BRIDGES 1 ½ miles
Meet 9.45 at Downland Medical Centre, Polegate High St. Polegate bridges and lanes
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

BEYOND THE YEW AND VERY RIPE. 5 ½ miles, 6/7 stiles
Circular from Chalvington, flat walk through fields, woods, tracks and a small section of lane.
Judy 486756 or 07802877514 SVP £1.60

CIRCLE ROUND EAST DEAN. 10 miles, No stiles
A 10 mile hilly walk around East Dean to Crowlink, Seven Sisters, Birling Gap, Beachy Head and back via the golf course. Picnic.
Vicki 01424 225859 or 07512951437 SVP £1.40

27th FEBRUARY

FRISTON RAMBLE 5 miles, 3 stiles
East Dean circular via Friston, Forest and West Dean Church
Roger C 351108 or 07596953120 SVP £1

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AN OUSE VALLEY WALK THROUGH A JUDGE’S VILLAGE IN REVERSE 8 1/2 miles 0 stiles
Southease circular via Rodmell and Telscombe. YHA coffee shop at end (optional). No nasty hills. A couple of ascents. Picnic.
Mick 486756 or 07484104460. SVP £2.50

Dates for your diary:
AGM Friday 21st February 2020 St John’s Church Hall, Polegate 2:00pm for tea/coffee. Meeting starts at 2:30pm
Langham lunch 11th March 2020. Order form available soon.

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