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.



MARCH 9th

LEISURELY. WALKING THE CUCKOO TRAIL. 3 miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for bus 51 to Prince of Wales. Walk to Horam. Refreshments.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

UP ON THE DOWNS. 4 ½ miles
Jevington. Downland Walk. 2 inclines. 1 stile. Coffee at 8 Bells.
Sue & Crow 486400 or 07926 891668. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or bring Eastbourne residents’ card.

ANOTHER DOWNLAND RIDE. 10 miles
Jevington. Ascents and descents. 1 stile.
Lucy T. 01825 840779 or 07928 666078. SVP 50p

MARCH 16th

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS FROM EAST DEAN. 5 miles
A trek across the Downs. Picnic. 4 stiles.
Roger L. 723268 or 07929 115916. SVP £1

POOH COUNTRY. 9 miles
A walk through Ashdown Forest woods and surrounding lanes. Picnic. 1 stile.
Gill M. 733155 or 07963 930941. SVP £4

MARCH 23rd

LEISURELY. A WALK IN THE PARK. 2 ½ miles
Level walking through park, wood or footpaths. Coffee stop. Meet outside Polegate taxi office at 9.47am for bus 51 to Park Avenue.
Anne 503736

SPRING INTO FRISTON FOREST FOR A “BUTCHERS”! 5 miles approx.
Butcher’s Hole Car Park to Seven Sisters cafe and circular return. Only one low wall stile! Picnic.
Roger C. 351108 or 07596 953120. SVP 60p

WALK FOR A WET SPRING. 8 miles
Dry foot along country roads. Hi Viz recommended. Possible pub lunch or picnic at Bodle Green.
Lucy C. 01424 848332 or preferably 07817 279241. SVP £2.20

MARCH 30th

WOOD TO WATER. 5 miles
An undulating ramble through Friston Forest to Exceat and the sea. Picnic. 1 stile.
Roger L. 723268 or 07929 115916. SVP £1.40 + c.p. charge.

AROUND THE BROOKS. 10 ½ miles
Field paths, some road and river banks. Rodmell. Picnic. 6 stiles.
Paul & Barbara 504908 or 07790 708616 or 07812 822879. SVP £2.40

APRIL 6th

LEISURELY. SPRINGTIME WALK. 2 ½ miles
Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for 51 bus to Hellingly village hall to Hailsham via Cuckoo Trail. Refreshments Weatherspoons Pub.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

COWBEECH WALK. 4 ½ miles
A country walk passing through woodland, orchard and open fields. 2-4 stiles.
Brenda 470114 & Pat 471359 or 07946 401281. SVP £1.60

SPRINGTIME ON THE DOWNS & COAST. 10 miles
East Dean and Birling Gap. Hilly.
Colin 07817 521122. SVP £1.10

APRIL 13th

CROWLINK CIRCULAR. 5 ½ miles
A more challenging walk. Three ups and downs via Friston Airfield Memorial Stone. 2 stiles.
Dave C. will be at start of walk. 726427 or 07909 970315. SVP £1 + c.p. charge or free to N.T. members

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
A WALK WITH A VIEW. 10 ½ miles
Butts Brow to Belle Tout, Birling Gap and Friston return. Hilly. Picnic. 3 stiles.
Jayne 500855 or 07775 631499. SVP 50p + c.p. charge or bring Eastbourne Residents’ card.

APRIL 20th

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

YEW TREE CIRCULAR. 4 ¼ miles
An easy walk along lanes, through fields into Abbot’s wood and Nate Wood. Will we see bluebells? Picnic. 10 stiles.
Wendy 520015 & Betty 640663 or 07780 688842. SVP £1

CHANGE TO PROGRAMME
LITTLE COMMON NORTHWARDS. 10 miles
Ninfield & Hooe Common. Fairly flat. Fields, woods and lanes. Picnic. 20+ stiles.
Angela 504280 or 07765 465444. SVP £2.65

APRIL 27th

SPRING ALONG WITH EWE AND ME. 5 ½ miles
East Dean. Friston Pond. Towards Butts Brow (Millionaires Row). Back to East Dean. 2 stiles
Sheila & David 500877 or 07845 490663. SVP £1

IN SEARCH OF THE PELHAM BUCKLE. 10.7 miles
Flat walk through Sussex villages of Ripe, Selmeston, Chalvington, Laughton. Picnic.
Sue 365158 or 07833 938903. SVP £2

MAY 4th

LEISURELY. NO FISHING FOR COMPLIMENTS. 2 ¼ miles
Horam fishing lakes and woodland. Uneven ground in woods with a few ups and downs. Meet Medical Centre 9.47am for bus 51. £1 donation for woods. Cafe at end of walk. 2 stiles.
Sue 482441.

SEAFORD TO NEWHAVEN AND BACK. 5 miles
Bit of road, Downs, Nature Reserve. One hill. Mainly flat. 3 stiles.
Ted 484923. SVP £2

EAST DEAN CIRCULAR. 9 miles
East Dean to Birling Gap, then Belle Tout. Picnic at Beachy Head and back through the golf course.
Vicky will be at start of walk 01424 225859 or 07512 951437. SVP £1

MAY 11th

PAST THE POLEGATE WINDMILLS. 5 ½ miles
From Polegate rec through Polegate to Shepham Lane, Glyndleigh, stopping at Hilliers for break and return.
2 stiles.
Pamela & Helena 07922 473609.

IN AND OUT OF THE WOODS. 10 miles
Short walk from Polegate rec on pavement at start and finish. Various woods and countryside. 10 stiles.
Aled 484723 or 07858 070497.

MAY 18th

SELMESTON, BERWICK AND RIPE. 5 ½ miles
Fairly flat farmland. 9 stiles and extra distance – so expect a late finish.
Howard 472174 or 07766 116052. SVP £1.20

1066 COUNTRY WALK TO HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE. 9 ½ miles
Herstmonceux and Boreham Street. Mostly footpaths. Easy walking. Picnic. 16 stiles.
John R. 724972 or 07732 971557. SVP £1.80

MAY 25th

ONE WAY TO THE CUCKMERE. 5 ½ – 6 miles
Linear Downland and forest walk. Toilets and cafe at end of walk. Bus back – so bring bus passes! 1 stile.
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP £1

FOLLOW THE RIVER FROM CASTLE TO CASTLE. 10 miles
Rickney Marsh. Pevensey to Herstmonceux Church circular walk. Flat terrain. 12 stiles. Picnic.
Mick & Judy 486756 or 07484 104460. SVP £1.20

JUNE 1st

LEISURELY. WALKING THE CUCKMERE RIVER. 2 ½ miles
Meet Polegate Station 9.47am for 51 bus to Eastbourne, then 12 bus to Exceat bridge. Refreshments at the end.
John 489228 or 07792 516202.

CHIDDINGLY OUT AND BACK. 4 ½ miles
Flat, narrow paths, woods and open fields. Pub at end. 10 stiles.
Mary 365008 or 07846 097877. SVP £1.60

CROSS THE VALLEY; PASS THE CLIFF; TOES IN THE SEA. 10 ½ miles
Leave Polegate Rec 9.15am.
Crossing Pett Valley. Some hills, then cliff top walk to Pett Level for lunch. Toilets at both coffee and lunch stops. 14 stiles. Picnic.
Patience 01424 813106 or 07764 300287. SVP £4

JUNE 8th

THE BARCOMBE WALK. 5 ½ miles
Easy walking. Country lanes, fields and gentle hills. 12 stiles.
Dave 726427 or 07909 970315. SVP £3.40

NUTLEY TO CHELWOOD GATE. 9 ½ miles
Some hills. Picnic. Few stiles.
Christine 841708. SVP £4

JUNE 15th

LEISURELY. VILLAGE STROLL. 2 – 2 ½ miles
Mostly flat with one slope. No mud. Coffee in Heathfield. Meet 9.47am Medical Centre for 51 bus. Alight Heathfield Hight Street.
Rick 482138

SOUTHEASE RIVER AND VIEWS. 5 miles
Hills and dales; river and villages. 1 or 2 stiles.
Chris 890258. SVP £2.25

STEP IT UP BEFORE LUNCH. 11 miles
Easy walking. A few inclines. Forest and river bank from Friston Pond to Littlington. Back to West Dean for lunch. 6 stiles. Picnic.
Jan 763700 or 07840 955458. SVP £1

JUNE 22nd

LAUGHTON CIRCULAR. 5 miles
Walking from Laughton Church to the tower. Mainly fields. Flat walk. 6 stiles. Picnic.
Alex & Denise 487489. SVP £2

BLUEBELL RAILWAY NEXT STOP. 9 miles
Fields, woods, tracks and plenty of level walking. Some undulation. North Chailey, Sheffield Park Station and Newick area. Several stiles. Picnic.
Graham 501467 or 07743 762671. SVP £4

JUNE 29th

LEISURELY. BUS RIDE TO SEAFORD. 3 miles
Fairly flat, but uneven in places. Side of golf course to seafront. Coffee stop. Meet 9.47am Polegate Station for 51 bus to Eastbourne, then 12 bus to Seaford. Alight Southdown Road.
Sandra 483991.

FULLER’S FOLLIES. 5 miles
A trip around the follies. Rough in places. Undulating. Some road walking. Bring own drinks. Pub at end. 6 stiles.
John & Theresa 726685 or 07719 437464. SVP £3.40

BRIDGE TO CASTLE AND BACK – TAKE TWO. 8ish miles
Leave Polegate Rec 9.15am
Robertsbridge & Bodiam. Easy Terrain. No hills. Fields and tracks. 16 stiles.
Jill H. 737073 or 07759 719844. SVP £4

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Where a car is required to the start of the walk our group encourages car sharing and it is
appreciated when a voluntary contribution is made by passengers. SVP (suggested voluntary
payment) shown is considered an amount which reasonably covers the costs incurred by the
driver.

Chairman                               Jill Haughan               01323 737073
Club Secretary                      John Riley                  01323 724972
Membership Secretary        Hilary Orrom            01323 472174
Rambles Secretary               Angela Forman         01323 504280
Half-day Walks                     Roger Lee                  01323 723268
Leisure Walks                       Sandra Ridley           01323 483991
Health and Welfare              Kim Hedges               01323 764220
Social Secretaries                 Carol Wilson              01323 484621
Maureen Clark          01323 726427
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