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.

FEBRUARY 8TH

LEISURELY. EAST OF THE PIER. 2 ¼ miles
Meet at Polegate taxi office 9.45 for bus to Eastbourne or meet at pier 10.40.
Flat walk to Princes Park.
Sandra 483991.

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
FRISTON IN FEBRUARY. 4.5 miles
Starts with a short, grassy climb followed by forest tracks and mainly gentle gradients.
Some care required on a few slippery patches. 2 Stiles.
Howard (07766 116052) and Hilary (07733 254190) 472174. SVP £1 + car park charges

WINTER WONDER WALK. 8 miles LINEAR
Hailsham/Heathfield. (Bring bus pass if you’re lucky enough to have one!)
Coffee en route. No stiles.
Jill 737073 or 07759 719844. SVP 80p

FEBRUARY 15TH

SOUTHEASE PLUS DOWNS. 6 or 3 ½ miles with shortcut
From Southease Station, the Ouse and the Downs via Rodmell village.
Max elevation 258 ft. Picnic.
Nic 484205 or 07733 546925. SVP £3.40

SHORT AND SWEET. 6 ½ to 7 ½ miles
Paths and Cuckoo Trail. Flat walk. Polegate to North Langney.
One stop for coffee and snack. No stiles.
Jan 763700 or 07840 955458.

FEBRUARY 22ND

LEISURELY. POLEGATE TWITTENS. 2 ½ miles
Meet 10.00 Medical Centre. Flat walk on hard surface. Coffee.
Rick 482138.

MACDONALD’S COFFEE STOP. 5 miles
Seaford to Newhaven. One hill onto Downs. 2 main roads to cross. 2 stiles.
Ted 484923 or 07466 195819. SVP £2

A PEEP AT NORTON’S BOTTOM! 8 to 9 miles
Downland, with a steady climb back up to the S.D.W. Lovely views. 2 stiles. Picnic.
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP £1.70

FEBRUARY 23RD 2018. AGM. St. John’s Church, Polegate. 2 pm. Bring agenda.
MARCH 1ST

LOOK FOR THE BLACK DUCK. 5 miles
Country walk from Rushlake Green. Fields, woods, paths, some road.
Few ascents/descents. Sticks recommended. 8 stiles. SVP £2.20
Judy & Diane 486756 or 07802 877514.

CUCKMERE VALLEY WANDER. 9 miles
Above and along the Cuckmere Valley. Some gentle hills. Picnic. 3 stiles.
SVP £1.40 + c.p. charge
Gill M. 733155 or 07963 930941.

MARCH 8TH

ABBOTS WOOD AND BACK. 2 ¼ miles
Meet Medical Centre 10am. Bring sticks if slippery.
Refreshments at Little Bites.
Sandra 483991.

UP AND DOWN DALE TO EAST DEAN. 4 miles
Butts Brow to East Dean. Coffee on the green.
Return along The Old Drovers’ path on Downs. 4 stiles.
SVP 50p + c.p. charge or bring Residents’ Permit.
Olive 504653 or 07896 851797.

TOP MARKS FOR SCENERY. 10+ miles
Rodmell. Very scenic. Downland and riverside walk. Picnic.
Leader at start. SVP £3.30 + N.T. c.p.charge
Lucie T. 01825 840779 or 07928 666078.

MARCH 14TH

Langham Lunch. See separate details. Form to be returned by 2nd March 2017.

MARCH 15TH

HERSTMONCEUX WALK. 5 miles
Circular walk across fields, paths and some roads. 6 stiles. SVP £1.80
Vicky 471635 or 07701 051155.

A CROSS, A CASTLE AND LOST VILLAGE. 11 miles
Rodmell. Ascents/descents. Downland. Chalk path. Picnic. 4 stiles.
Glyn 482416 or 07985 338843. SVP £3.30

MARRCH 22ND

CUCKOO TRAIL WALK. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for bus 51 to Prince of Wales, Heathfield.
Walk to Horam. Refreshments Wessons cafe.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

FOREST WALK WITH A BIT OF UP AND DOWNS. 4-5 miles
Circular walk from Crowlink to West Dean village. 1 stile.
SVP £1 + N.T. c.p. or £3 daily charge
Sue C. 371417 or 07903 220544.

STYLISH CHIDDINGLY AND ITS ENVIRONS. 9 miles
Paths, woodlands, some road and fields. Picnic. 18 stiles.
SVP £1.70
Richard 722654 or 07926 500419.

MARCH 29TH

CASTLE VIEWS. 5ish miles
Reasonably easy walking. Herstmonceux/Windmill Hill/Boreham Street.
Great views. Some narrow roads. 10 stiles. SVP £2
Penny & Carol 485336 or 07778 282811.

FLETCHING CIRCULAR. 8 ¼ miles
Fields and footpaths. Mostly flat. Picnic. 9 stiles. SVP £4
Liz 01424 846437 or 07904 504915.

APRIL 5TH

CROWLINK. 5 miles
Several steep uphill areas along cliff tops.
SVP £1 + N.T c.p. or £3 daily charge
Brenda N. 470114 or 07905 727032.

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR. 10 miles
Some Seven Sisters. Hilly. Picnic. SVP £1
Vicky 01424 225859 or 07512 951437.

APRIL 12TH

EXCEAT, HOPE BOTTOM TO SEAFORD HEAD. 5 miles
Undulating. Lovely views of Seven Sisters. 2 stiles. SVP £1.10
David & Sheila 500877 or 07845 490663.

1066 AND ALL THAT. 11 miles
Circular walk from Catsfield via Battle, Telham and Crowhurst.
Easy pace. Undulating. Fields, woods and paths.
Picnic. 6 stiles. SVP £2.60
Peter 01424 844219 or 07835 922357.

APRIL 19TH

COUNTRY NATURE WALK. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for bus 51. Alight Maynards Green School.
Flat, no mud. Coffee in Horam.
Rick 482138.

PEVENSEY CASTLE WITH A SEA VIEW. 5 miles
From Sovereign Harbour to Pevensey Castle. Some beach walking over pebbles.
2-3 stiles. SVP £1.40
Maureen 765725 or 07976 879585.

ROBIN’S BLUEBELLS. 9 miles
Mainly solid tracks and paths. Small section in Abbots Wood always muddy.
Picnic. No stiles.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812 822879 or 07790 708616.

APRIL 26TH

COWBEECH. 5 miles
Country lanes, woodland and across fields. 2 stiles. SVP £2
Brenda 470114 or 07905 727032 and Pat 471359 or 07946 401281.

AM I TOO EARLY? 10 miles
Start from Rec. Short walk on pavement at start and finish.
Various woods and countryside. Picnic. 10 stiles.
Aled 484723 or 07858 070497.

MAY 3RD

HORAM FISHING LAKES AND WOODS. 2 ¼ miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47 for 51 bus. A different route. Flatish.
Skirting lakes and woods. No hills or difficult ground. Coffee at end.
Sue T. 482441 or 07972 579340

FIRLE BEACON. 4.7 miles
A simple high Downland walk with spectacular views en route.
No stiles. SVP £1.80
Betty 640663 or 07713 032564 & Wendy 520015.

RUSHLAKE GREEN AND BEYOND. 8 ½ miles
Paths, woods, fields and some roads. Few ascents.
Picnic. 18 stiles. SVP £2.20
Mick 486756 or 07484 104460.

MAY 10TH

TO THE MANOR BORN. 5 ¼ miles
Downland walk from Polegate Rec. Lovely views.
Fields, paths, woods, chalk tracks. Sticks recommended. Picnic. 2 stiles.
Judy 486756 or 07802 877514.

LAND AND SEA – A VARIETY OF BLUES! 10 ½ miles approx. 9.15am from Rec
From Guestling Church across the valley (fields and woods) to the sea.
Cliff top walk and back across the valley. Picnic. 14 stiles. SVP £4
Patience 01424 813106 or 07764 300287.

MAY 17TH

ROUND THE HARBOUR. 2 miles
Meet Polegate Taxi Rank 9.47am for bus 51. Change at Terminus Road
for bus 5 to Pacific Drive North Harbour.
Roy 766342

IN AND OUT THE DUSKY BLUEBELLS? 5 ½ miles
Fields and woodlands. No hills. 8 stiles. SVP 50p + c.p. charge
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464.

HILLS, BOTTOM AND BEACON. 11 ¼ miles
Villages of Denton and Bishopstone. Chalk and flint tracks.
Open Downland with several ups and downs. One steep descent.
Picnic.SVP £1.80
Sue 365158 or 07833 938903.

MAY 24TH

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

RINGMER, LEWES AND SUSSEX OUSE VALLEY WAY. 10 miles
All good footpaths, very little road and only one proper hill, otherwise flat.
Good views. Picnic. 10 stiles. SVP £2.40
John 724972 or 07732 971557.

MAY 31ST

PEELINGS LANE TO PEVENSEY. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre at 10.17am for 56 bus.
Lane walk to Westham then on to Pevensey. Cafe near end of walk.
Sue T. 482441 OR 07972 579340.

SEAFRONT STROLL. 5 ½ miles approx.
From Sovereign Swim Centre to Holywell and back. No stiles.
SVP £1.40 + c.p. charge or road parking
Marion 658365 or 07799 095602.

DEJA VOUS. 9 ½ miles
Butts Brow to Belle Tout. Birling Gap and Friston return. Hilly.
Picnic. 3 stiles. Tea at Jayne’s.
SVP 50p + c.p. charge or bring Residents’ permit.
Jayne 500855 or 0777 631499.

JUNE 7TH

WARTLING AND ALL! 5 miles
Fields and some lanes. Gentle inclines. SVP £1.60
Howard & Hilary 472174 or 07941 332733.

THE SEA AND RIVER TO OUR RIGHT. 11 miles
Newhaven, Piddinghoe, Telscombe, Peacehaven. Views. One steep hill.
Picnic. No stiles. SVP £2.70
Angela 07765 465444.

JUNE 14TH

VILLAGE STROLL. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for 51 bus. Alight Heathfield High Street.
Mostly flat, dry with one slope. Coffee Heathfield.
Rick 482138

ABBOTTS WOOD. 4 ½ miles
Forest. SVP £1 + c.p. charge
Roger L. 723268 or 07929 115916.

ROBERT, HIS BRIDGE AND CASTLE. 8ish miles 9.15am from Rec
Robertsbridge, Bodiam. Fields with some inclines.
No steep hills! Picnic or lunch at Bodiam. 17 stiles. SVP £4
Jill H. 737073 or 07759 719844.

JUNE 21ST

ANOTHER LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. 5 miles
From Alfriston, across levels, up to Lullington.
Break at foot of `The Long Man’, then down through Wilmington.
One long hill. 2 stiles. SVP 80p + c.p. charge
Gary 351553 or 07773 382426.

EASE YOUR WAY TOWARDS CASTLE HILL. 10 ¼ miles
Roads, tracks, Downland and river. Cafe at end.
Picnic. No stiles. SVP £2.20
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464.

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.