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

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

SATURDAY 2nd MARCH

Saturday trial walk. 5.5miles 7 stiles
Chiddingly area starting at the church, level walking.
Meet at Polegate rec to leave in shared cars at 09:15.
Tim 07786 923953 SVP £1.60.
This is the first walk in our proposed Saturday Walks – if there is enough interest and support then it will become a regular feature in the programme.

7th MARCH

LEISURELY. CANCELLED
Carol 484621.

ALFRISTON CIRCULAR. 5 miles 2 stiles.
Long Man and Lullington Heath. Gradual steep hill start, then flat downhill.
Alan 500664 or 07753 610752. SVP £1 +c.p. charge or road parking.

NOWHERE TO SHELTER. 8 miles 2 stiles
East Dean circular passing by Birling Gap, then incline to Beachy Head.
Picnic at Dew Pond.
Jan 763700 or 07840 955458. SVP £1

14th MARCH

BARBARA’S BEAUTIFUL BARCOMBE RAMBLE. 5 ¼ miles 3 stiles.
Fairly flat. Following the flow of the River Ouse towards Lewes.
Barbara 840622 or 07709 998678. SVP £3.

AROUND EAST DEAN. 10 miles No stiles.
East Dean, Crowlink, Seven Sisters, Birling Gap, Beachy Head and golf course.
Vicky 01424 225859 or 07512 951437. SVP £1

LANGHAM LUNCH 20th MARCH 2019

21st MARCH

LEISURELY. A STROLL IN THE PARK. 2 miles
Flat walk using footpaths if dry. Coffee at St. Wilfred’s Hospice.
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 outside Taxi Office to Hampden Park College.
Carol 484621.

WILMINGTON TO ARLINGTON RESERVOIR AND BACK. 5 ½ miles 18 stiles.
Fields, paths and no steep climbs. Refreshments at Reservoir Tea Pavilion.
Tim 767141 or 07786 923953. SVP 60p

ACROSS THE DOWNS TO DENTON AND SEAFORD. 10 ½ miles 2 stiles.
Downland and seafront. Picnic.
John 724972 or 07732 971557. SVP £1.80

28th MARCH

BLACKBOYS. 5 miles 2 stiles.
Fields, country lanes, passing an old watermill and Woodland Trust site.
Pat 471359 or 07946 401281 or Brenda 470114 or 07905 727032. SVP £2.80

COUNTRY WALK, LOWLAND FARMS AND FIELDS. 10 miles 6 stiles.
Mostly flat over Combe Haven Country Park. Hopefully avoiding wettest parts.
Picnic. LEADER AT START.
Liz 01424 846437 or 07904 504915. SVP £2.90

4th APRIL

LEISURELY. EASTBOURNE’S OLD TOWN. 1 – 1 ½ miles
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 outside Taxi Office to junctions of Selwyn Road and Gore Park Road for walk around “OLD” Old Town. Slight inclines. Coffee at end.
Joy 487269.

BLUEBELLS FOR THE SERFS. 5 miles Few stiles.
Wilmington Green and Abbotts Wood. Fairly flat..
Jeremy and Olive 504653 or 07941 453405 or 07896 851797. SVP 50p

RAMBLIN ROCKS. 9 miles 2 stiles.
Featuring Harrison, Eridge and High Groombridge. Woods, views of green sand outcrops. Undulating. Diverse habitats. Picnic.
Richard 722654 or 07926 500419. SVP £4

SATURDAY 6th April

Saturday walk.
Details available soon.
Tim 07786 923953 SVP £1.60.
Click here for a map of the route.

11th APRIL

WANNOCK AND BACK. 4 ½ miles 2 stiles.
Up and over to Jevington.
Sue 07903 220544 and Louisa 640640.

SPRING TIME DOWNLAND RAMBLE. 12 miles Some stiles.
Coast, hills, cliffs. Stop at Birling Gap. Picnic.
Colin 07446 458138. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or use Residents’ cards.

18th APRIL

LEISURELY. STROLL AROUND POLEGATE TO LITE BITES. 2 ½ miles
Flat walk around Polegate. Hope to see Spring flowers and then to the café.
Sandra 483991. Meet outside Medical Centre 10.00am.

SPRING ALONG WITH EWE AND US. 5 ½ miles 2 stiles.
East Dean, Friston, Butts Brow and back. Downland.
David and Sheila 500877 or 07845 490663. SVP £1

CHIDDINGLY CIRCULAR. 10 miles 10 stiles.
Gentle undulating, easy pace.
Peter 01424 844219 or 07835 922357. SVP £1.70

25th APRIL

EAST DEAN MEETS WEST DEAN AND RETURN. 5 miles approx. 3 stiles.
Up to Friston Pond, crossing A259 into Forest.
Roger C. 351108 or 07596 953120. SVP £1

OFF TO THE RACES. 10 ½ miles approx 15 stiles.
Plumpton College, Streat, Ditchling village and Common, Plumpton, East Chiltington.
Fields and woods. Fairly flat. Approx. 15 Monday group stiles. Picnic.
Angela 01444 213846 or 07765 465444. SVP £3.70. LEADER AT START.

2nd MAY

LEISURELY. WALK ALONG THE CUCKMERE. 2 ½ miles
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 outside Taxi Office to Eastbourne,
then bus 12 to the Seven Sisters Country Park.
Sandra 483991.

IN SEARCH OF BLUEBELLS AND PRIMROSES. 4 ¼ miles 6 stiles.
Footpath close to River Cuckmere, a pretty bridleway, a wood and returning across farmland.
Betty 640663 or 07713 032564 or Wendy 520015. SVP £1.20

LET’S GO NUTS IN MAY. 9 ½ miles 1 stile.
Circular from Butts Brow to East Dean. Friston and Jevington. Countryside and woods. Some steep slopes. Picnic. Jayne’s for tea.
Jayne 500855 or 07775 631499. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or use Residents’ cards.

9th MAY

TO THE MANOR BORN. 5 ½ miles 3 stiles.
From Polegate rec to Wannock, Folkington and Wilmington return. Pathways, fields and tracks. Beautiful views. Some hill work advising sticks.
Judy 486756 or 07802 877514.

THE OTHER WAY ROUND. 10 ½ miles
East Dean, Friston, Jevington. Hilly. Picnic. LEADER AT START
Gill 391976 or 07547 005058. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or use Residents’ cards.

16th MAY

LEISURELY. THERE AND BACK IN POLEGATE. 2 ½ miles
Meet 10am Polegate Station. Walk to St. Mary’s Walk. Countryside. New Estates.
Cuckoo Trail. Flat easy walking. Coffee at end.
Carol 484621

POLEGATE TO HILLIER GARDEN CENTRE. 5 miles 1 stile
From Polegate rec flat walk along country lanes. 30 mins coffee stop at Hillier’s.
1 stile depending on route/weather.
Pamela and Helena 07922 473609.

AN OLD FAVOURITE OF MINE. 9 miles 5 stiles.
From Polegate rec to Wannock, Folkington, Milton Street and Wilmington return. Pathways, fields and tracks. Beautiful views. Some hill work advising sticks. Picnic.
Mick 486756 or 07484 104460.

23rd MAY

FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL. 5 miles 2 stiles
Undulating. Two short steep inclines. Wannock and Jevington, returning via the Downs.
Mick and Christine 07506 993292. SVP 50p

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF WALKING. 8 ½ miles 3 stiles.
East Dean, Butts Brow and Jevington. Well known downland paths. Picnic.
Marion 724972 or 07732 971557. SVP £1

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION at East Dean and Friston Village Hall – from 2:30pm.

30th MAY

LEISURELY. GOLF COURSE TO EAST DEAN. 2 miles
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 outside Taxi office to Eastbourne, then bus 12A to SDW stop.
Alight and walk across golf course to East Dean café.
Sandra 483991.

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR. 5 ½ miles No stiles.
Two hills. LEADER AT START.
Bridget 736542 or 07535 634818 on the day only. SVP £1

TWO PATHS FROM BUXTED. 10 ½ miles 24 stiles.
Villages, quiet meadows, parkland, woodland and views. Picnic.
John and Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP £3.50

6th JUNE

UP, OVER AND DOWN. 4 ½ miles 2 stiles.
Alfriston to foot of Long Man. Return through Wilmington. One long hill slope.
Gary 351553 or 07773 382426. SVP £1 + c.p. charge or use road parking.

THE RIVER AND SEA TO OUR RIGHT. 11 miles 3 stiles.
Lovely river and coastal walk. Easy not hilly. Picnic.
Sue 365158 or 07833 938903. SVP £2.80

WEY and ARUN CANAL WALK and CRUISE 6th June.
See booking form. Booking opens 25th March.

13th JUNE

LEISURELY. ROY’S HARBOUR WALK. 2 miles
Meet 9.45 for bus 51 outside Taxi Office to Eastbourne. Change to bus 5 to Pacific Drive.
Harbour, paths and boats.
Roy 766342.

FROM THE SEA TO THE DEANS. 5 miles. LEAVE POLEGATE REC 9.15am
Roedean. Visit 3 Deans, one steep hill, slightly undulating with good views.
Heather 506137. SVP £4

DÉJÀ VU. 10 miles. 14 stiles. LEAVE POLEGATE REC 9.15am
Guestling and Fairlight. Beach, cliffs and country in the Pett Valley. Undulating. Picnic. LEADER AT START
Patience 01424 813106 or 07760 300287. SVP £4

20th JUNE

BO PEEP AND SHEEP. 6 miles No stiles.
From top car park mostly flat with one small hill.
Penny 485336 or 07778 282811. SVP 50p

JARVIS BROOK FORD. 9 ½ miles. 2 stiles. LEAVE POLEGATE REC 9.15am
Crowborough. Some roads, paths and tracks. Picnic.
Paul and Barbara 504908 or 07812 822879 or 07790 708616. SVP £4

27th JUNE

LEISURELY. THE PIER TO HOLYWELL. 2 miles
Meet at 9.45 for bus 51 outside Taxi Office to Eastbourne. Walk along the Prom to café.
Christine 488442.

SEAFORD TO NEWHAVEN. 5 miles 3 stiles.
One hill. Coffee at McDonald’s or KFC. 3 stiles.
Ted 484923 or 07466 195819. SVP £2.

ASHDOWN FOREST – TURNSTILE AND WINDMILL. 10 miles 4 stiles.
Heath, woodland, hills and views. Picnic.
John and Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP £4

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