Walks Programme

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB
We are back as from 12th April! As an organised activity, we are exempt from the “Rule of 6”. Our next walks will be on Thursday 15th  April. Booking opens on Friday 9th April . Our walks still need to be Covid secure so we will maintain correct safety procedures.

N.B. As before, you will need to book onto a walk.  Please contact the leader no sooner than 9.00 am. on the preceding Friday. Bookings made before that time will be ignored.

All walks start from the Rec. at 9.30 am prompt unless otherwise stated. However, leaders will also give an additional  starting point and time should members wish to travel straight to the actual start point.
Car Parking Charge to be shared between car occupants. Leisure walkers please check bus timetables and remember to take your bus passes. Books of walks and maps are available to borrow from the Ramblers Secretary.

In order to keep to safe walking practices, we ask you to comply with the following advice:

  • All leaders to complete Risk Assessment forms and Booking/ Track and Trace forms as requested i.e. RA’s by Tuesday prior to walk (no form, no walk) and Booking forms by/on day of walk and retained for 21 days.
  • Please ensure you book on with the leader of the walk from 09:00 Friday preceding the walk, no bookings will be taken beforehand and any before Friday 09:00 will be discounted.
  • Please inform the leader if you are booked on but cannot make the walk thereby freeing up a space for someone else on the waiting list.
  • Please ask the leader if you are unsure of the start of the walk.
  • If you need transport from the Rec to the start of the walk it is your responsibility to arrange this beforehand as the leader is unlikely to be at the Rec. We cannot guarantee to organise any lifts on the day so please do not just turn up expecting a lift. Please follow strict social distancing arrangements including using face coverings where appropriate if car sharing and on the walk
  • Please check the website regularly for updates and for any guidance notes and please familiarise yourselves with them.
  • Please assist those not on email and without internet access to print off and tell them about any changes.

Any questions please contact Mick on 07484 104460

Quick Guidelines

It is important that all walkers and leaders also read and follow the guidance given in the documents below.
Walkers: Additional Guidance for Walkers

Leaders: Where appropriate, there is a choice between the Microsoft Word version and the PDF version

1. Additional Guidance for Leaders
2. Leaders Checklist
3.Risk Assessment Form:   Word          PDF
4.Leaders Register:                PDF
If you want to read The Ramblers guidance in full the web link is Ramblers Association
Entry Form:     Word       PDF

It is suggested that if you are thinking of joining us for the first time on one of our walks you contact the leader for details. Feel free to come and walk with us for a few times before deciding if you wish to join.

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.  There are no Saturday walks during this period.


 

April 2021

15th

Bluebells in Horam 2.5 miles. No stiles
Meet at Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:45 No.51 bus. Fishing lakes and woods. Some rough ground in the woods £2 entry fee
Sue 482441

Hankham Circular 5.5 miles 10 stiles.
From Shepham Lane/Levett Road Polegate past the wind generators to Hankham via Priesthaws farm then back down the 1066 walk to Sharnfold and along Route 21 to the finish. Two busy road crossings to be careful of. Pleasant easy walk through fields and woodland wild flowers. Start at Levett Road/Shepham Lane junction at 09:30
Judy 07802877514 SVP N/A

 
Breaky Bottom Circular 9 miles. 2 stiles.
Kingston start then a climb up to Kingston Ridge onto the SDW. Head south and then west past Breaky Bottom vineyard, a bombed out village and through a nature reserve. Gradual ascents (apart from the start which is steep) 09:30 at Polegate Rec or 10.00 at far end of The Avenue, Kingston. Picnic
Alan 500664 or 07753 610752 Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £2.40

22nd    

Allons Y 10 Miles 10 Stiles
A mostly flat walk through fields and along tracks in 1066 country. Walk starts in Herstmonceux. Use car park opposite primary school Grid Ref: 634125 (What 3 Words: deferring.edits.surgical) 09:15 at Polegate Rec or 09.45 at Herstmonceux. Picnic.
Gill 733155 or 07963930941 SVP £1.50

29th

Local Polegate 2.5 miles. No stiles.
Meet at Polegate Taxi office at 10:00 for walk to Dittons Corner.
Sue 482441

Guns and Bells 5 miles. 12 stiles.
Starting at Chiddingly public car park (no charge) the walk is circular through fields and woods passing the Equestrian Centre for a coffee break. Cross Bull River and return to Chiddingly on the WealdWay. Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Royce and Denise 646303 or 07815193363 SVP £1.60

The Downs on our Doorstep 10.75 miles 6 stiles
Circular walk starting at East Dean Car Park, Crowlink,  up to Beachy Head, lunch overlooking Eastbourne and back to East Dean by way of Eldon Bottom. Meet at Polegate Rec at 09:30 or  East Dean at 09.45
Lindsey  07974930105      SVP £1

MAY

6th

BIRLING GAP CIRCULAR 5 miles 2 stiles
Start at Birling Gap, then east passing below Belle Tout, north through the ups and downs above Beachy Head and back. Two short but steep gradients after we leave Beachy Head and the coast. Beautiful view of the sea and the Seven Sisters. Start at Birling Gap at 09:45 or Polegate Rec @ 09:30 at 09:45
Alan 500664 or 07753610752 or Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1.40

HOW MANY WOODS ARE THERE? 10 miles 10 stiles
From Polegate Rec. along pavements to Abbots Wood out towards Upper Dicker and back through fields and woods. Start Polegate Rec. at 09:30. Picnic
Aled 484723 or 07858070497 Email:willingdonwizard@yahoo.co.uk SVP. N/A

13th

SEAFRONT STROLL 1½ miles No stiles
Bus 51 Polegate taxi office @ 09:45 to Cornfield Road, then to the Pier for a walk at 10:25 along seafront with coffee before return.

Joy 487269

BLUEBELLS IN THE WOOD 6 miles 3 stiles
A wander through Abbots Wood at Polegate to see the bluebells, we will start at far end of Sayerland Road, Polegate where there is adequate parking, cross the A22 via the bridge and continue under the old A22 and then on into Abbots Wood to hopefully see carpets of bluebells. Start at Sayerlands Road 09:45.

Judy 07802877514     SVP N/A

FROM EAST TO WEST 10 ½ miles 10 stiles
East Dean to Jevington via the forest, round to Lullington Heath and West Dean. Woods and downland. Start East Dean car park at 09:45 Polegate Rec. at 09:30 at 09:30. Picnic

John & Theresa 726685 or 07719437464 or jandtmhancock@zen.co.uk SVP £1

20th

VILLAGE HOP 10 miles 12 stiles
Circular from Arlington reservoir, taking in Wilmington, Berwick , Alciston and Selmeston. Start at Arlington reservoir carpark fee (£2) payable or use layby opposite 09:30 or Polegate Rec 09:15. Picnic

Lindsey 07974930105

27th

HAMPDEN PARK STROLL 1 ½ miles
Meet Polegate taxi office for 09:45 bus 51 to Hampden Park Rugby Club stop. Walk around the lake then to St Wilfrids Hospice for coffee. Start of walk is at HP Rugby Club at 10:00 approx.

Christine Cooper 488442

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC 5 miles 1 stile
Up and down hilly walknear Glynde. All uphills amply rewarded by long views in every direction to the sea, to Lewes, to the Downs and the Weald. Start at Glynde village car park(free) or station car park £2.50 at 10:00 or Polegate Rec at 09:30

Barbara O 840622 or 07709998678 or Email cakebreadbrowns@hotmail.com SVP £1.80

RAMBLE LIKE A FRENCH IMPRESSIONIST PAINTER 10 miles, No stiles
Birling Gap. Beachy Head, downland across 3 hills. Toilets at both coffee and lunch (Toulouse Lautrec). Start at Eastbourne YHA09:45 or Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic

Richard 722654 or 07926500419 SVP £1

JUNE

3rd

TRAMPING WITH THE TREASURER 5 miles No stiles
Mostly flat walk with spectacular views across Eastbourne from the South Downs Way and Jubilee Trail. Start Beachy Head Countryside Centre at 10:00 or Polegate Rec 09:30 (use Eastbourne Resident car park pass if you have one)

Gill 733155 or 07963930941 Email: gillmattock@hotmail.com SVP £1:60

BUTTS, BELLS AND THE COAST 9 ½ miles 2 stiles
Downland walk to include Jevington, Friston and East Dean. Meet Butts Brow 09:45 or Polegate Rec 09:30. Residents card for parking or fee payable. Picnic

Jayne 500885 or 07775631499 or Email jayne.gillham@yahoo.co.uk SVP 50p

10th

WESTHAM TO PEVENSEY 1 ½ miles
Polegate Downlands Medical Centre for 10:10 bus No. 6 to Westham. Walk through church and fields around Pevensey Castle and High Street with refreshments at tea room.

Sue Taylor 482441 or 07972579340

THE ONION PIE MURDER 10 miles, 14 stiles
Hellingly and Chiddingly, part of Cuckoo Trail and some roads. Start at Wellshurst Golf Club on A267 north of Hellingly 10:00 or Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic.

Marion 724972 or 07732971557 (mobile to be used on the day only not for booking please) SVP £1:40

17th

WOODLAND TO DOWNLAND OR I PROMISE NOT TO GET LOST! 5 miles No stiles
Starting at Cherry Garden Road through woods up onto the Downs circular with one steepish hill. Start is at bottom of Cherry Garden Rd so park either in Cherry Garden Road, local roads around or YHA on the East Dean Road. Start is 09:45 at Cherry Garden Road or 09:30 at Polegate Rec.

Brenda K 726165 or 07907678148 or Email kadnerb4@gmail.com SVP £1

BO PEEP CIRCULAR
Bo Peep car park south and east to Bishopstone village. We then head east with views of Newhaven and Denton and the sea before heading north and on the SDW to Beddingham and on to Firle Beacon and the finish. Many glorious views and several long. Gradual slopes across downland./span>. Start at Bo Peep car park 10:00 or Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic

Alan 500664 or 07753610752 or Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1.40

24th

LIBRARY TO COLLEGE 1½ miles No stiles
Bus 51 Polegate taxi office @ 09:45 to Eastbourne Railway Station, then leave central library at 10:15 to walk to Devonshire Park coffee at the end.

Joy 487269

EAST DEAN AND 4 SISTERS 5 miles 2 stiles
From East Dean car park walk the downland across to Birling Gap. Start at East Dean car park at 09:45 or Polegate Rec at 09:30

Sonia 722654 or 07790184583 SVP £1

A JUDGES RAMBLE 8 miles No stiles
A walk down the river Ouse and on to Telscombe village before dropping down to Southease and Rodmell returning along the river. Starts at Southease YHA where we can have refreshments after the walk. Polegate Rec at 09:30 or Southease YHA at 10:00. SVP £2.40 Picnic

Mick 07484104460

JULY
1st

RIVER AND BEYOND 5 miles No stiles
A walk down the river Ouse and on to Telscombe village before dropping down to Southease Starts at Southease YHA where we can have refreshments after the walk. Polegate Rec at 09:30 or Southease YHA at 10:00. SVP £2.40 Picnic

Judy 07802877514

8th

LIDL TO LANGNEY 2 ½ miles
Polegate Downlands Medical Centre for 10:10 bus No. 6 to LIDL. Walk the cycle track to Shinewater Lakes and on to Langney shopping centre for refreshments and shopping

Sue Taylor 482441 or 07972579340

ACROSS LULLINGTON HEATH, JEVINGTON AND LITTLINGTON RETURN 5 miles No stiles
Jevington to Littlington via Lullington Heath, open terrain with good views to the sea and South Downs. Café at Littlington Long Man Brewery yard for drinks and snacks if required. Brewery shop will also be open if you wish to purchase. Return on the same route and there are two hills to manage. Start is at Jevington Church at 09:45 Park at Jevington public car park (10 spaces) or Jevington church car park so car share where possible and safe. Polegate Rec at 09:30.

Royce & Denise 646303 or 07528957735 Email hipgrave@yahoo.co.uk SVP £2

CASTLE HILL NATURE RESERVE, WOODINGDEAN 9 ¾ miles No stiles
No roads, no stiles, good downland paths and glorious views. Start at free car park north end of Woodingdean GR TQ 356063 Post code BN2 6NT 10:15 or Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic

John 724972 or 07732971557 (mobile to be used on the day only not for booking please) SVP £3.40

15th

COWBEECH WALK 4 ¼ miles 2 stiles
A generally easy walk along country lanes, woodland and across fields. Start is at Merrie Harriers pub in Cowbeech Village at 10:00 or Polegate Rec at 09:30/span>

Brenda & Pat 470114 or 07946401281 SVP £1.50

MONKS AND ABBOTTS 9 ½ miles, 15 stiles
A flat walk through fields and woods around Arlington. Arlington Reservoir car park (£2 fee payable) or layby outside if available 09:50 or Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic.

Gill 733155 or 07963930941 Email: gillmattock@hotmail.com SVP £1:20

22nd

POLEGATE TO HAILSHAM 3 ¼ miles No stiles
Meet 10:00 Polegate entrance to Cuckoo Trail (junction of School Lane and Oakleaf Drive) to walk to Hailsham. Coffee at the end

Joy 487269

RODMELL AND THE SOUTH DOWNS WAY 5 miles No stiles
From picturesque Rodmell, up and along SDW for lovely long views for miles around. Down to pretty village of Southease returning on towpath of the winding River Ouse. Start at Monks House free car park (with NT membership card) at Rodmell about 10:00 or Polegate Rec at 09:30.

Barbara O 840622 or 07709998678 or Email cakebreadbrowns@hotmail.com SVP £3.00

BUCKLE AND BO 11 miles 10 stiles
Seaford to Bo Peep via Bishopstone and Greenway Bottom, return via Nortons. Downland. Start at Buckle car park Seaford 10:00 or Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic.

John & Theresa 726685 or 07719437464 or jandtmhancock@zen.co.uk SVP £2

29th

A FOLKINGTON FROLIC 5 miles 2 stiles
Chalk Farm to Folkington and back via Paragon Field (4 miles) Will visit Donkey Hollow on return leg to see WW1 Airship mooring points. Coffee at Folkington church. Start at Chalk Farm Willingdon 09:45 or Polegate Rec 09:30 SVP 50p

Lindsey 07974930105

THE CHIDDINGLY ROUND 10 miles, 10 stiles
From Chiddingly east along Wealdway, join a babbling brook through meadowland before heading south to return on the Wealdway to Chiddingly. Flat walk with only short gradients offering a mix of habitats and terrain. Start at Chiddingly car park 09:45 or Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic

Alan 500664 or 07753610752 or Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1

AUGUST

5th

ROBIN POST LANE TO LITE BITES 2 ½ miles No stiles
Meet at Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:40 No. 51 bus. Skirting Abbotts Wood on bridlepaths & trails to Lite Bites in Polegate for refreshments. Walk starts at bus stop before Hailsham roundabout.

Sue 482441

CHIDDINGLY STREAMS AND MEADOWS 5 miles 5 stiles
Level walk from Chiddingly north along the Vanguard Way before we head west and follow a babbling brook as we walk through meadowland and then south to meet the Wealdway and back to Chiddingly. Start Chiddingly car park (by the Church) 09:45 or Polegate Rec 09:30

Alan 500664 or 07753610752 or Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1.60

ALONG THE OLD COACH ROAD TO FIRLE 9 miles. 8 stiles
Tracks and field paths. Start at grass area opposite Cricketers pub Berwick at 09:45 MR 510052 or Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic. Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812822879 Email; paulandbarbara@talktalk.net SVP £1

12th

CATSFIELD CIRCULAR 10 ½ miles 7 stiles
Gently undulating walk from Catsfield to Crowhurst, Telham and Seddlescombe and Battle before returning to Catsfield. Satrt at catsfield Village Hall car park GR 725136 at 10:00 or Polegate Rec at 09:30. Picnic

Peter 01424 844219 SVP £2

19th

STONE CROSS TO WESTHAM 2 ½ miles No stiles
Meet at Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 10:10 No.6 bus to St Luke’s bus stop Stone Cross. Walk starts at Peelings Lane then to Westham Village Pond, refreshments at the end.

Sue 482441

26th

TO THE HENGE 10 miles 10 or more stiles
Guestling circuit through Westfield to see The Henge on the 1066 path. If allowed tea/coffee/cakes and swim if warm enough afterwards. Start at Patience’s field (these 3 words ‘flagpole zones prospers’) at 10:00 or Polegate Rec. at 09:15. Picnic

Patience 01424 813106 or 07764300287 text preferred. SVP £4