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

LONG walks – 8 to 11 miles at a moderately brisk pace, with a midday break and finishing mid-afternoon

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



JUNE 15th

LEISURELY. VILLAGE STROLL. 2 – 2 ½ miles
Mostly flat with one slope. No mud. Coffee in Heathfield. Meet 9.47am Medical Centre for 51 bus. Alight Heathfield High Street.
Rick 482138

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
June 15th Abbot’s Wood 5 miles
Flat walk along the forest tracks and trail. No stiles.
Roger 723268 or 07929115916. SVP £2 + cp charge

STEP IT UP BEFORE LUNCH. 11 miles
Easy walking. A few inclines. Forest and river bank from Friston Pond to Littlington. Back to West Dean for lunch. 6 stiles. Picnic.
Jan 763700 or 07840 955458. SVP £1

JUNE 22nd

LAUGHTON CIRCULAR. 5 miles
Walking from Laughton Church to the tower. Mainly fields. Flat walk. 6 stiles. Picnic.
Alex & Denise 487489. SVP £2

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
Because of the hot weather, Graham has changed his walk. Instead of his Bluebell Railway walk he will do a figure of eight based upon Horam. If then we have had enough by lunchtime we can call it a day. Otherwise we can replenish water bottles before the afternoon walk. Meet at the rec as usual. Or those going direct meet in the Horam Cuckoo Trail car park by 9.50am.
Graham 501467 or 07743 762671. SVP £4

JUNE 29th

LEISURELY. BUS RIDE TO SEAFORD. 3 miles
Fairly flat, but uneven in places. Side of golf course to seafront. Coffee stop. Meet 9.47am Polegate Station for 51 bus to Eastbourne, then 12 bus to Seaford. Alight Southdown Road.
Sandra 483991.

FULLER’S FOLLIES. 5 miles
A trip around the follies. Rough in places. Undulating. Some road walking. Bring own drinks. Pub at end. 6 stiles.
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP £3.40

BRIDGE TO CASTLE AND BACK – TAKE TWO. 8ish miles
Leave Polegate Rec 9.15am
Robertsbridge & Bodiam. Easy Terrain. No hills. Fields and tracks. 16 stiles.
Jill H. 737073 or 07759 719844. SVP £4

JULY 6TH

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE BLOOMSBURY SET. 5.9 miles
Fairly flat along tracks and quiet roadway via Charleston Farmhouse.
Opportunity to view Berwick Church and pub at end. 3 stiles.
Helena & Pam 07922 473609. SVP £1

ANOTHER CASE OF PLAGIARISM. 11 miles
Steep hill near start, then on top of the Downs and past Charleston.
Picnic. 2 stiles
Lucie T. 01825 840779 or 07928 666078. SVP £2

JULY 13TH

LEISURELY. A WALK AROUND HORAM. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 09.47am for 51 bus to Horam. Cuckoo Trail.
Some road walking. Refreshments Wessons Cafe.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

“GREENS FROM THE GREEN”. 4 ½ miles
Flat terrain up a bridleway and across fields into Abbotts Wood. 3 stiles.
Olive & Jeremy 504653 or 07896 851797. 50p

FISH IN SMALL PONDS. 11 miles Leave rec 9.15am
Robertsbridge circlular via Bodiam. Mildly undulating terrain. No steep hills.
Hi Viz attire for road crossings. Picnic. 11 stiles.
Patience 01424 813106 or 07764 300287. SVP £4

JULY 20TH

HELLINGLY WALK. 5 miles
From The Gun undulating terrain. Pub at end. 15 stiles.
Pat 471359 or 07946 401281 & Brenda 470114 or 07905 727032. SVP £1.20

OLD NICK. 10 ½ miles
Brighton and Seddlescombe. Ascents and descents. Fields. Chalk bridleway.
Footpaths. Picnic. 8 stiles.
Glyn 482416 or 07985 338843. SVP £4

JULY 27TH

LEISURELY. NURSERY TO FARM AND BACK. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 10.15am for 56 bus. Stone Cross to Sharnfold.
Woods, lakes and animals. Choice of coffee stop. 4-6 stiles.
Sue 484221

A JEVINGTON JAUNT. 5 ½ miles
Jevington to The Long Man. Two steady inclines and some rutted paths.
Pub at end. 4 stiles.
Sue & Crow 486400 or 07926 891668. SVP 50p

COASTAL AND DOWNLAND VIEWS. 9 ½ miles
Undulating. Mainly along fairly well established footpaths.
Villages Jevington and East Dean. Picnic. 6 stiles.
Colin 07446 458138. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or Eastbourne residents’ card.

AUGUST 3RD

DICKER CIRCULAR. 5 miles
Ramble around Upper Dicker and Arlington. Mostly flat. 14 stiles.
Dave 726427. SVP £1.10

SEAFORD CIRCULAR. 10 ½ miles
Mixture of cliffs, Downland, etc. Moderate walking with 3 ascents.
Toilets at start. Picnic. 8 stiles.
Liz 01424 732242 or 07904 504915. SVP £1.80

AUGUST 10TH

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

ANCHOR ALONG THE RIVER BANK. 5 ½ miles
Barcombe/Isfield. Flat walk with some tracks and road. Livestock. 3 stiles.
David & Sheila 500877 or 07845 490663. SVP £3.40

MILL RACE. 11 miles
Falmer/Lewes. Downland paths with small amount of road. Picnic. 5 stiles.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812 822879 or 07790 708616. SVP £2.80

AUGUST 17TH

ABBOTS’ WALK TO PRIORY. 5 ½ miles
Fields and woodland walk. No hills. 8-12 stiles.
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP 80p

THE MILLENNIUM WALK. 11 miles Leave rec at 9.15am.
Maresfield village, Fairwarp, Nutley, Ashdown Forest.
Some gradients. Picnic. 5 stiles.
Sue 365158 or 07833 938903. SVP £3.20

AUGUST 24TH

LEISURELY. OUT IN THE COUNTRY. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for bus 51. Alight Hellingly Village Hall.
Flat, no mud. Bring own coffee.
Rick 482138.

OVER THE HILL AND DALES. 5 miles
High & Over – Seaford. River and Rathfinny vineyard views. 2 stiles.
Chris 890258 or 07974 938048. SVP £1.80

A NEW START. 10 miles
Woods and fields. North of Battle. Leader at start.
Lucy C. 07817 279241(preferred) or 01424 848323. SVP £3.20

AUGUST 31ST

MOUNT CABURN, SAXON DOWN AND BIBLE BOTTOM. 4 1/3 miles
Glynde. Two climbs, one quite long. Steep descent and some rough grass on Nature Reserve.
Amazing views. Picnic. 1 stile.
Nicholas 484205 or 07733 546925. SVP £1.90

TO THE SEA AND BACK. 10 miles
From Butts Brow to Birling Gap via Friston, taking in some of the Seven Sisters.
Steep slopes in parts. Return via East Dean. Picnic. No stiles. Tea at Jaynes!
Jayne 500855 or 07775 631499. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or Eastbourne residents’ card.

SEPTEMBER 7TH

LEISURELY. FROM THE TOWER TO THE WELL. 2 ½ miles
Meet Polegate taxi rank 9.47am for bus to Eastbourne.
Start Lifeboat Museum 10.40am.
Anne 503736.

UP, DOWN AND ROUND. 4 ½ miles
Alfriston, Long Man, Wilmington. One long hill. 2 stiles.
Gary & Brenda 351553 or 07773 382426. SVP £1

GIANT TO WELL. 8ish miles
One steep climb with ups and downs. Wilmington. Tea available at end. 4 stiles.
Jill H. 737073 or 07759 719844. SVP 60p

SEPTEMBER 14TH

JEVINGTON CIRCULAR. 5 miles
Downland. Two climbs – via Winchester pond. No stiles.
Dave C. 726427 or 07909 970315. SVP 50p

UNDERNEATH THE ARCH. 10 miles
High Hurstwood. Fields, woodland and lanes. Picnic. 12ish stiles.
Christine 841708. SVP £4

SEPTEMBER 21ST

LEISURELY. ROUND THE HARBOUR. 2 miles
Meet Polegate Taxi Rank 9.47am for bus 51. Flat on pavements. Looking at boating life.
Start place Pacific Drive, North Harbour 10.45am.
Roy 766342.

WILL IT BE A PUFF TO THE TOP! 4 ½ miles
From Alciston across fields. Gradual steep ascent to South Downs Way, then descent to pub.
Picnic. 3 stiles.
Betty 640663 or 07713 032564 & Wendy 520015. SVP £1.30

BARCOMBE MILLS AND SUSSEX OUSE. 9 ½ miles
Mostly field and river paths. Flat with good views. Picnic. 10 stiles.
John R. 724972 or 07732 971557. SVP £3

SEPTEMBER 28TH

FALL INTO FRISTON FOREST. 5 miles
Friston Forest walk and West Dean Church for break. 1 stile.
Roger 351108 or 07596 953120. SVP 50p plus c.p. charge

JUST A NICE WALK! 8ish miles
A pleasant walk through fields and lanes between Chiddingly and Ripe.
Picnic. 14 stiles.
Gill M. 733155 or 07963 930941. SVP £1.60

OCTOBER 5TH

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

RIVER WALK AND SEA VIEWS. 4 ¾ miles
Alfriston and Exceat. Down slope to river walk. One uphill. 6 stiles.
Diane & Theresa 644996 or 07843 165691. SVP £1.30

ASHDOWN FOREST CIRCULAR. 10 miles
Mixed forest and heathland. Undulating. Picnic. 6 stiles.
Liz 01424 732242 or 07904 504915. SVP £4

OCTOBER 12TH

SNAKE, NETTLE AND ROLL. 5 ½ miles
Circular route via West Dean and Snake river.
Two steep inclines with steps. Can be slippery.
Pub at end. 5 stiles.
Vic 412554 or 07787 976551. SVP £1.20

A WALK IN THE WEALD. 9 ½ miles
Fields and woods with a little street walking and some quiet country lanes.
Mark Cross area. Tea and cake available at end. Picnic. 15 stiles.
Aled 484723 or 07758 070497. SVP £4

OCTOBER 19TH

LEISURELY. CUCKOO TRAIL WALK. 2 miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for bus 51 to Hellingly Village Hall to Hailsham. Refreshments.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

HARBOUR VIEW. 4 ½ – 5 miles
Circular walk around Sovereign Harbour and Pevensey. No stiles.
Maureen 765725 or 07976 879585. SVP £1.40

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR. 9 miles
Birling Gap. Belle Tout. Picnic at Beachy Head. Leader at start of walk. No stiles.
Vicky 01424 225859 or 07512 951437. SVP £1

OCTOBER 26TH

FOLLOW THE BAT FROM WOOD TO WATER. 5 miles
Mainly fields and tracks. Rushlake Green. Several stiles.
Eric 845569. SVP £2

AROUND THE LAKE AND BEYOND. 9 miles
Easy walking. Sea views. Sovereign Harbour to Holywell and back. Leaders at start.
Jan & Dave 763700 or 07840 955458. SVP £1.40

Christmas Gathering. 7th December 2017. Westham Village Hall. Pre-walk 10am. Lunch noon.

AGM 23rd February 2018. St. John’s Church.

Langham Lunch 14th March 2018.

Forms for all 3 to follow in next programme.
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Where a car is required to the start of the walk our group encourages car sharing and it is
appreciated when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers. SVP (suggested voluntary
payment) shown is considered an amount which reasonably covers the costs incurred by the
driver.

Chairman                               Jill Haughan               01323 737073
Club Secretary                      John Riley                  01323 724972
Membership Secretary        Hilary Orrom            01323 472174
Rambles Secretary               Angela Forman         01323 504280
Half-day Walks                     Roger Lee                  01323 723268
Leisure Walks                       Sandra Ridley           01323 483991
Health and Welfare              Kim Hedges               01323 764220
Social Secretaries                 Carol Wilson              01323 484621
Maureen Clark          01323 726427
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