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.


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 and Jeremy 504653 or 07941453405  SVP £0.50

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
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

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

AGM Friday 21st February 2020 St John’s Church Hall, Polegate 2:00pm for tea/coffee. Meeting starts at 2:30pm

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

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
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

5th MARCH

EASTBOURNE 2 miles No stiles
Bus 51 Polegate taxi office @ 09:45. Alight and start from Moatcroft Road/Upperton Road. Park, road and seafront.
Maureen & Lucky 726427 (Dave)

EXPECTATIONS OF EARLY SPRING 4 1/2 miles 5 stiles
Mostly flat around Arlington inc. reservoir
Betty and Wendy 640663 or 520015 or 07713032564 SVP 80p

CASTLE HILL NATURE RESERVE 9¾ miles, No stiles
Woodingdean, two hills, good downland paths and glorious views. Picnic.
John R. 724972 or 07732971557 SVP £3.40

11th MARCH   LANGHAM LUNCH 12 noon for 1 p.m.

12th MARCH

HELLINGLY-WELLSHURST CIRCULAR 5 miles 1 stile
Hellingly Cuckoo Trail through open and undulating countryside and back on the Wealdway
Mary 07846097877 SVP £1.10

I’M SO SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE 10 miles, 15 stiles
Guestling across Pett Valley through woods and fields. Picnic.
Patience . 01424 813106 or 07764300287 SVP £4.00 Cakes and tea at Patience’s afterwards

14th MARCH (Saturday)

SATURDAY DOWNLAND SPECIAL 5 ½ miles 4 stiles
South Downs way, Jevington Holt, Littlington and Lullington. Hilly
Richard 722654 or 07926500419 SVP 60p

19th MARCH

CYCLE TRACK REVISITED 2 miles
Meet 10:12 for bus 6 at Downland Medical Centre Polegate to Langney Shopping Centre Change to bus 1 or 1A to Priory Road stop. Coffee at ESK
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

BIRLING GAP BOTTOMS. 5½ miles, 2 stiles
Birling Gap inland across less well-known countryside. Wonderful views of Birling Gap and Seven Sisters on the way back. Easy gradual ascents.
Alan 500664 or 07753610752 SVP £1.20 Car park charge or free to NT members.

NOT MANY SISTERS. 10 miles, No stiles
A bit of everything; an undulating coastal path then forest and Downland with good views. Picnic.
Gill M 733155 or 07963930941 SVP £1

26th MARCH

OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE 5 miles No stiles
Sovereign Centre along promenade to Holywell for coffee and then return
Marion 07799095602 SVP £1.00

COASTAL AND DOWNLAND VIEWPOINTS 11 ½ miles, 6 stiles
Open downland trails with extensive coastal views Picnic.
Colin 07446458138 SVP £1.00

2nd APRIL

SAFFRONS TO TOWNER 1½ miles
Meet 9.45 at taxi office Polegate for bus 51 to Eastbourne station. Then Eastbourne Central Library 10:25. Coffee at the end
Joy 487269

EXPLORING SOUTH OF RINGMER 4 1/2 miles No stiles
Exploring the countryside and contours south of Ringmer village
Brenda and Pat 470114 or 471359 or 07905727032 or 07946401281 SVP £2.60

THE BREAKY BOTTOM CIRCULAR 8 ½ miles, 2 stiles
Kingston start then a climb up to Kingston Ridge onto the SDW. Head south and then west past Braeky Bottom vineyard, a bombed out village and through a nature reserve. Gradual ascents (apart from the start which is steep)
Alan 500664 or 07753610752 SVP £2.80

4th APRIL (Saturday)

WALK THROUGH A VINEYARD 6 miles No stiles
Alfriston start onto SDW south through Greenway Bottom and back to Alfriston. Long but gradual ascent at the start.
Alan 500664 or 07753610752 SVP £1.20. Carpark charges over 3 hours or park near the school

9th APRIL

YES, UP AND OVER AGAIN 5 miles, 2 stiles
Alfriston across levels to Littlington Church, Wilmington Church via Long Man. One long gentle hill with two stops.
Gary and Brenda 351553 or 07773382426 SVP £1

SPRING IS IN THE AIR 10 miles, No stiles
Downland ramble with plenty of ups and downs.Picnic.
Jayne 500855 or 07775631499 SVP £1

16th APRIL
SEAFRONT WALK 2½ miles
Meet 9.45 at taxi office Polegate for bus 51 to Eastbourne Cornfield Road or Lifeboat Museum (10:30) then to Holywell for coffee
Carol 484621

TAKE A TRIP TO THE HARBOUR 5 miles No stiles
Circle walk around Sovereign Harbour, flat with beach and fountain views
Maureen Hogarth 765725 or 07976879535 SVP £1.00

1066 AND ALL THAT 9 miles 12 stiles
Gently undulating walk, fields, paths and lanes from Herstmonceux Leader at start. Picnic.
Peter 01424 844219 or 07835922357 SVP £2

23rd APRIL

ARLINGTON RESERVOIR 5 miles 2 stiles
A walk in the Arlington Reservoir area, easy walking, slightly undulating
Heather 506137 or 07745229274. SVP £1.20 + car park or use layby.

TO THE MILL VIA COMMON. 9 miles, 5 stiles
Ditchling; Street, Common, Mill. Paths, track, small section of road. Visit to Oldland Mill after 8 ¼ miles (donations for visit). Picnic on Ditchling Common.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812822879 or 07790708616 SVP £4 + donation for Mill visit

30th APRIL

THERE AND BACK 2 miles No stiles
Meet at Polegate taxi office for No. 51 bus at 09:45, change at Moatcroft Road and walk to Waitrose to get No 12 to Downs Golf club, fairly flat, coffee at Golf club on return.
Maureen and Lucky 726427

GUNS AND BELLS 5 miles 12 stiles
From Chiddingly walk through fields and woods past the Equestrian Centre across Bull River and return on WealdWay
Royce and Denise 646303 or 07815193363 SVP £1.60

ASHDOWN FOREST CIRCULAR 10 miles 6 stiles
Forest, heathland, undulating. Leader at start. Picnic.
Liz 01424 846437 or 07904504915 SVP £4

1st MAY – LAST DAY TO RETURN YOUR FORMS FOR THE SUMMER PICNIC AT BUSHY WOOD (form available on web site or as per John’s Email)

7th MAY

A YEW, SOME NATURE AND A STREAM 4 ¾ miles 3 stiles
Mainly level walk across fields and paths, few ascents and some road walking.
All around Crowhurst, through a nature reserve with spectacular views of the countryside
Judy 486756 or 07802877514 SVP £3.20

UP THE DOWNS AND DOWN THE UPS. 10 miles, 2 stiles
Rodmell to Telscombe, Balsdean Bottom and SDW. Downland undulating. Picnic.
Richard 722654 or 07926500419 SVP £3.30

9th May (Saturday)

A POWDERMILL CIRCULAR 5 miles, a few stiles
Easy walk from Catsfield across downland, through woods, minimal road walking
Mick and Judy 486756 or 07802877514 or 07484104460 SVP £2.80

14th MAY

HORAM FISHING LAKES 2½ miles
Meet 9.45 Downland Medical Centre Polegate for bus 51 to Horam Manor Farm. Woodland and around lakes £2 charge for Lakes.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

CHIDDINGLY CIRCULAR 5 ½ miles 8 stiles
Woodland, meadows and paths
Diane and Wendy 644996 or 07843165691 SVP £1.60

GUNNING FOR IT 10 miles 6 stiles
Upper Horsebridge to Gun Hill returning via the Cuckoo Trail and Hellingly Park. Mostly field paths and tracks plus some roads.. Picnic.
John 724972 or 07732971557 SVP £1

21st MAY

RICKNEY RETURN. 4 ½ miles 2 stiles
Flat circular walk Pevensey to Rickney and back
Vic 412554 SVP £1

MAY FIELDS AND WOODS 9 ½ miles, 17 stiles
Undulating walk from Mayfield through woodland and meadows Picnic
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719437464 SVP £3.40

28th MAY

OLD TOWN STROLL 1½ miles
Meet 9.45 at taxi office Polegate for bus 51 to top of Rodmill Drive. Walk starts at junction of Willingdon Road and Eldon Road 10:15. Coffee in JPK about 11:30
Joy 487269

OLD HEATHFIELD 5 miles ? stiles (will be advised nearer the date)
Cade Street (Half Moon) through fields and woods, passing Heathfield House, Old Heathfield and back.
Penny 485336 or 07778282811 SVP £2.60

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

JUNE 4th

ALFRISTON CIRCULAR 5 miles, 2 stiles
Market Cross up to SDW levelling out and descending to Berwick. Fields, paths some road work.
Olive and Jeremy 504653 or 07896851797 SVP £1.00

FETCH A PAIL OF WATER 10 miles 6 stiles
From Stanmer Park climb onto the Downs, along the top and back down. Café at the end for a well earned cuppa and cake. Picnic
Aled 484723 or 07858070497 SVP. £3.40

11th JUNE

HEATHFIELD 2 miles
Meet Polegate Downland Medical Centre at 09:45 for 51 bus to Sandy Lane Heathfield
Sandra 483991

FOLLOWING THE OUSE. 5 ½ miles 2 stiles
Barcombe/Isfield flat walk fields and some road walking
David & Sheila 500877 or 07845490663. SVP £3.20

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? 10 ¾ miles, 2 stiles
Friston, Butts Brow, Jevington, East Dean figure of eight. Picnic
Jan 763700or 07840955458 SVP 80p

13th JUNE(Saturday)

ALFRISTON CIRCULAR 6 ¼ miles No stiles
Alfriston to Firle and return on SDW with Downland, tracks and paths
Tim 767141 Or 07786923953 SVP £1.40

18th JUNE – SUMMER SOCIAL GATHERING, BUSHY WOOD
Circular walk of 5 ½ miles. number of stiles tbc. from Bushy Wood Scout & Guide site around local paths of Arlington area. Bring your flask for mid-morning break, a ploughman’s lunch is provided with cake tea/coffee and marshmallows around the camp-fire £6 Meet at Bushy Wood near Hailsham at 09:30
Mick & Judy 486756 or 07484104460 or 07802 877514

25th JUNE

WESTHAM TO PEVENSEY 1½ miles,
Meet Westham crossroads and walk to Westham Church, Pevensey Castle, Recreation Ground and High St. Coffee at Castle Tea Rooms.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

OVER THE COMBE 5 miles 7 stiles
Polegate Rec to Jevington and return via Willingdon
Sue 371417 SVP N/A

BODIAM AND GREAT WIGSELL 8 miles. 7 stiles
Easy walk through paths, fields, through a castle grounds and quiet lanes. Picnic.
Mick 486756 or 07484104460 SVP £4

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