Walks Programme

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB
Tier 4 Lockdown
Unfortunately, as of December 26th 2020, East Sussex has been placed in Tier 4 Lockdown restrictions. This means that we are unable to provide a Walks Programme until these restrictions are eased.

We shall endeavour to provide a full Walks Programme as soon as possible once we know when the current restrictions are to be lifted.

Thinking about joining Polegate Rambling Club?

If you think you would like to join Polegate Rambling Club – it’s official title – then please come and join us for a few walks first.

We like to think that we are a friendly and welcoming group of people so don’t feel nervous – just check our Walks Programme to select a walk you’d like to do,  turn up at Wannock Road recreation ground car park at about 09:15 – 09:20 on that Thursday morning and find the leader of either the Long or Short walk.

Or, if you prefer, email  info@polegateramblers.org.uk or phone our secretary, John Wriley, on 01323 724972

If you’re not already a regular walker or haven’t walked any distance for a while then you might first want to choose a Short Walk (usually about 5 miles and 2 – 2½ hours long).  You might also prefer to pick one which is described as being not too hilly.  If even this seems a little daunting then start with a Leisurely Walk and see how you get on.

If you decide to start with a Leisurely Walk then please email us at  info@polegateramblers.org.uk  with your name and a contact phone number and we will get in touch.

If, after a couple of walks with us, you decide you’d like to continue walking with Polegate Ramblers then we ask that you join – the annual membership fee is just £5.00  (current at 2020).


 

Demonstration Programme

September
17th LOWER WILLINGDON AND WANNOCK WANDERING 1 ½ miles.
Meet at Polegate taxi office 09:45 for walk to Tesco garage for 10:00, then on to villages and Farmlands Way for refreshments
Sandra Ridley 483991

FOLKINGTON AND WILMINGTON WANDER 5.5 miles, 3 stiles
Walk from Wannock Village Hall to Folkington, Wilmington and back. Start from the hall at 9.45 am. but Richard will be at Wannock Rec until 9.30 am. to meet members who may go there first. Some slopes and downland paths with woodland.
Richard 722654 or 07926 500419. Email almondrow@talktalk.net SVP 20p (from Rec)

NOT MANY SISTERS 10 miles, 0 stiles
A bit of everything, coastal path then forest and downland with good views. Meet @ Polegate Rec at 09:30 or Crowlink National Trust car park @ 09:45 (don’t forget your card if members). Picnic
Gill 733155 or 07963 930941. Email gillmattock@hotmail.com SVP £1.00
24th
Eastbourne Walking Festival (contact John Riley for details of his walk or check out the website) https://www.visiteastbourne.com/walking-festival
October
1st
AUTUMNAL WALK CROSS IN HAND, HEATHFIELD 2 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:45 bus to Cross In Hand. Lane walk past TV mast, around fishing lakes up to the wood. Bus to Heathfield for coffee.
Sue Taylor 482441

VISTAS FOR ALL MILLIONAIRES TO SHARE 5 1/2 miles 3 stiles
East Dean. A steep climb to Friston Pond. Careful crossing main road and return to East Dean circular.
Sheila and David 500877 or 07485490663. Email sheila13mac@googlemail.com SVP £1.20

CIRCULAR FROM BUTTS BROW 10 miles 0 stiles
Downland river and forest. Jevington, Lullington Heath and Charleston Bottom. hilly, Butts Brow car park at 9:50 (bring residents card) or Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic
Marion 724972 for booking or 07564 170494 (on the day only, not for booking) SVP 50p
8th
TICKLE HIS FEET/ 8 ½ miles, 12 stiles
Starting from Polegate Rec 09;30. Walk across fields to Wannock, Folkington, Wilmington and Milton Street on fairly level ground. Then to the foot of the Long Man (steep) and return via Folkington. Picnic.
Aled 484723 or 07858 070497 Email willingdonwizard@yahoo.co.uk SVP N/A
15th
OCKLYNGE TO OLD TOWN 1 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Taxi office for 09:45 for No. 51 bus to Eldon Road (walk starts at junction of Willingdon Road/Eldon Road). Coffee at the end.
Joy Steer 487269

SOUTH DOWNS WAY/JUBILEE WAY CIRCULAR 5 miles No stiles
Summerdown Eastbourne to Holywell on the SDW returning on the Jubilee Way. Steep slope to start then beautiful downland and sea views on the way out with Eastbourne Town and Bay views on return. Refreshments at Holywell Kiosk if required half way. Start at junction of Compton Drive and Fairway Close Eastbourne 09:50 or meet Polegate Rec 09:30
Denise and Royce 646303 or 07815 193363 Email hipgrave@yahoo.co.uk SVP £1.00

DONKEY HOLLOW 9 miles 0 stiles
Walk from Polegate Rec 09:30 and visit site of WW1 Polegate Royal Navy Airship Station at Donkey Hollow, then on to Jevington, Long Man and Folkington. Hilly in the morning. Please park on the road at Polegate Rec. Picnic
John R 724972 for booking or 07564 170494 (on the day only, not for booking) SVP N/A
29th
SHINEWATER LAKES TO LANGNEY 2 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 10:10 bus to LIDL. Dry walk past lakes to Langney Shopping Centre for coffee
Sue Taylor 482441

BLUE PLAQUE WALK 4.5miles No stiles
Walk around Eastbourne Old Town area. Walk starts from Helen Gardens at 10:00 or meet Polegate Rec 09:30, mostly pavement
Pat and Brenda 470114 (please only use this number) SVP £1

AUTUMN ON THE DOWNS 10 miles 5 stiles
Downland ramble with plenty of ups and downs. Starts at Butts Brow 09:45 or meet Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
Jayne 500855 or 07775 631499 Email jayne.gilham@yahoo.co.uk SVP 50p
November
5th
THE DOWNS ON OUR DOORSTEP 10 miles 5 stiles
East Dean and Beachy Head circular walk, including 4 Sisters. Starts at East Dean 09:50 or meet Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
Lindsey 509641 or 07974 930105 Email linzilou27@hotmail.co.uk SVP £1.20
12th
CUCKOO TRAIL TO HORAM 2 miles
Meet Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:45 bus to Sandy Lane Heathfield. Then Cuckoo Trail to Horam, café for refreshments
Sandra Ridley 483991

BOTTOMS 5 miles 2 stiles
Starting from East Dean, the walk takes us away from the coast and through various ‘bottoms’ just north of Beachy Head and then towards Seaford with glorious views. One steep ascent. Walk starts at East Dean car park at 09:50 or meet Polegate Rec at 09:30
Alan 500664 or 07753 610752 Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1.20

AVOIDING THE CROWDS 9 ish miles 0 stiles
Starts at Youth Hostel, then on past Cornish Farm, East Dean, Friston and back along Friston Dencher and SDW. Fields and downland. Starts at YHA 09:50 or meet Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
John and Theresa 726685 or 07719437464 Email jandtmhancock@zen.co.uk SVP £1.20
26th
LOCAL POLEGATE 2 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Taxi office at 10:00 for walk to Dittons Corner and back
Carol Wilson 484621

HORSING AROUND HELLINGLY 5 miles 4 stiles
Indulge in reminiscence of times past, listening to Led Zeppelin, bypassing Horselunges Manor, enjoy walking through the tranquil village of Hellingly, the Cuckoo Trail, through farms and past a beautiful water mill and quiet lanes. Starts from Hellingly station car park adjacent to Cuckoo Trail at 09:50 or Polegate Rec at 09:30
Barbara O 840622 or 07709 998678 Email cakebreadbrowns@hotmail.com SVP £1.20

HANKHAM CROSS 9 ½ miles 15 stiles
Roads and paths from Polegate Rec Please note 10:00 start Picnic
Paul and Barbara 504908 or 07078 12822879 or 07790 708616 Email paulandbarbara@talktalk.net SVP N/A
December
10th
FAIRYLAND CHRISTMAS 1 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Taxi office for 09:45 No. 51 bus to Cornfield Road Eastbourne then walk to top level of the bandstand for 10:30. Seafront to Redoubt. Coffee at Fairyland in the Marine Pub around 11:30
Joy Steer 487269

BOTTOMS AND HILLS 10 miles 3 stiles
Starting at East Dean this walk takes us through the Bottoms inland from Beachy Head before turning west to Birling Gap and along some of the Sisters and then inland at Flagstaff Point. Downland walk with hills. Starts at East Dean 09:50 or meet Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
Alan 500664 or 07753 610752 Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1.20

PRE-CHRISTMAS CHEER No miles
Meet Polegate Taxi office at10:30. Hostelries of Polegate or Café in High Street
Sue Taylor 482441

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