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.

NOVEMBER 9TH

A FIRLE FROLIC. 5 ½ miles
Downland walk with wonderful views. One steepish ascent, then steady climb.
Picnic. Pub at end.
Sue & Crow 486400 or 07926 891668. SVP £1.80

LET’S GO THE OTHER WAY ROUND. 9 ½ miles
Butts Brow to East Dean, Friston return. Some steep slopes over some of Seven Sisters.
No stiles. Picnic.
Jayne 500855 or 07775 631499. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or bring residents’ card.

NOVEMBER 16TH

LEISURELY. PEELINGS LANE TO PEVENSEY. 2 ¼ miles
Meet Medical Centre for 56 bus at 10.17 to Stone Cross. Lane walk to Pevensey.
Rereshments towards end of walk.
Sue & Derek 482441.

WATER, FIELDS & WOODS. 5 miles.
Arlington Reservoir circular via Selmeston and Berwick. Slightly undulating.
2 stiles. Bring coffee.
Carol 484152 or 07906 268359. SVP £1 + £2 c.p. charge or use layby.

A WALK ON THE DOWNS. 9 ½ miles
Bo Peep along the ridge towards Firle, down to Norton and back along the Comp.
Picnic. 6 stiles.
Aled 484723 or 07858 070497. SVP £1.70

NOVEMBER 23RD

BELLS & GUN. A “CHILDREN IN NEED” CHARITY WALK. 5 miles
Chiddingly. Fairly level with few inclines. 8 stiles. Donations welcome.
Judy 486756 or 07802 877514. SVP £1.70

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR. 10 miles
Downland ramble. Undulating. 3 stiles. Picnic.
Liz 01424 732242 or 07904 504915. SVP £1

NOVEMBER 30TH

LEISURELY. WALK AROUND GILDRIDGE PARK. 2 miles
Meet Polegate Taxi office 9.45 to Eastbourne Railway Station.
Walk starts Central library. Coffee stop.
Sandra 483991.

FIELDS & FARMS. 5 miles
Catsfield. Fairly flat. 6 stiles.
Eric 845569. SVP £2.60

VIEWS OF RAMPION. 9 miles
Undulating Downland between Firle & Bishopstone. Good views. 1 stile. Picnic.
Gill 733155 or 07963 930941. SVP £1.70

DECEMBER 7TH

CHRISTMAS GATHERING. Arrange your own transport. Pre-walk starts at 10.00
outside Westham Village Hall via Peelings Lane to Red Lion for coffee and
mince pie £2. Slower walkers return with sub-leader. Speedier walkers via
Friday Street with 1 stile and 2 bridges. Leaders Howard and Roger S.

No lunch bookings will be accepted after 23 November.
Entry to hall 12 noon.

DECEMBER 14TH

THE CHIDDINGLY WALK. 5 ¼ miles
Gentle walk in woods and through fields. 8 stiles. Picnic.
Pat 471359 & Brenda 470114 or 07496 401281. SVP £1.70

UPS AND DOWNS. 9 miles
Typical Downland paths starting from Wannock Rec visiting Folkington and Jevington.
Hilly. Care needed on chalky sections. 4 stiles. Picnic.
John 724972 or 07732 971557.

DECEMBER 21ST

FESTIVE WALK IN THE FOREST. 5 miles
From Butchers Hole, westward to West Dean Church and circular return to car park. Picnic.
Roger C. 351108 or 07596 953120. SVP 50p + c.p. charge.

LOOKING FOR FESTIVE DECORATIONS. 8 ½ miles
Arlington North. Farms, fields and some road walking. 10 stiles. Picnic.
Angela 504280 or 07765 465444. SVP £1 + c.p. charge or use lay-by.

DECEMBER 26TH – BOXING DAY

Boxing Day walk from East Dean to Birling Gap and back.
Interested members and guests should meet directly at the East Dean car park ready
for a 10.15am departure. There will be no transport facilities from Polegate Rec.
Refreshments are, of course, available at the National Trust cafe at Birling Gap.
Sheila and David 500877.

DECEMBER 28TH

LEISURELY. POLEGATE CIRCULAR. 2 miles
Meet 10.00 Medical Centre. Flat walk. Hard surface. Coffee.
Rick 482138.

BLUE PLAQUE WALK. 4 ½ ish miles
Eastbourne. Mainly pavement. No stiles. Picnic.
Pat 471359 & Brenda 470114 or 07496 401281. SVP £1.10 + c.p. charge

CIRCUIT OF ALFRISTON. 9 miles
Ascents and slippery. Few stiles. Picnic.
Colin 07446 458138. SVP 60p

JANUARY 4TH

A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. 4.7 miles
From Alfriston cross levels, up to Church of Good Shepherd.
Break at foot of `The Long Man’, then down through Wilmington.
One long hill. 2 stiles.
Gary & Brenda 351553 or 07773 382426. SVP £1.10

LITTLE COMMON CIRCULAR. 7 miles
Woods and fields. If too wet alternative towards Hastings and return by bus.
15 stiles. Picnic.
Lucy C. 01424 848332 or 07817 279241. Leader at start. SVP £2.20

JANUARY 11TH

LEISURELY. CUCKOO WALK. 3 miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47 for 51 bus to Hailsham. Walk back to Polegate.
Refreshments at Loom Mill.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

POLEGATE TO HILLIER’S, HAILSHAM. 5 ½ miles
Fairly flat walk to the Garden Centre for coffee. Glyndleigh fields and wind turbines
if weather permits. 2 stiles.
Pam 07922 473609.

MILLS AND MEMORIAL. 9 ½ miles 9.15 am start
North Brighton. Pycombe. Downland paths. Picnic. 5 stiles.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07812 822879. SVP £4

JANUARY 18TH

BUTTS BROW TO BLOW COBWEBS AWAY. 4 1/2 miles
Across the Brow. A few inclines. Lovely views. Picnic. 4 stiles.
Wendy 520015 or Betty 640663 or 07713 032564. SVP 50p

THE LONG WALK HOME. 10 miles
Exposed Downland walk. Long descents and ascents. Picnic. 1 stile.
Lucie T. 01825 840779 or 07928 666078. SVP £1.70

JANUARY 25TH

LEISURELY. HAILSHAM FOOTPATHS. 2 miles
Meet Medical Centre for 9.47 bus to Cacklebury bus stop South Road.
Footpaths to the pond. Flat walk. Coffee stop.
Sandra 483991.

TBA

WE’RE OFF TO FIND A WINDMILL. 10 ½ miles approx. 9.15 am start
Inland route from Guestling Church. Some hills, some marsh and some fabulous views.
16 stiles. Picnic.
Patience 01424 813106 or 07764 300287. SVP £4

FEBRUARY 1ST

WINTER SEAS. 4 ½ miles
Flat walk along seafront towards Tide Mills.
Chris 890258 or 07974 938048. SVP £2

A WINTER STROLL THROUGH HISTORY. 10 miles max. 9.15 am start
Glynde – Lewes. Ascents/descents. Fields. Chalk bridleway. Road/Lanes.
Elevenses in Lewes. Picnic lunch. 6 stiles.
Glyn 482416 or 07985 338843. SVP £2

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.

PEVENSEY TO RICKNEY CIRCULAR. 4. ½ miles
From Pevensey Castle flat through fields and lowlands. Picnic. 4 stiles.
Vic 412554 07787 976551. SVP £1 + c.p. charge

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 14TH 2018 Langham Lunch. See separate details. Form to be returned by 2nd March 2017.