Walks Programme


September 2021 – December 2021  Walks Programme

Welcome to our walking programme. Before you go on a walk, you will need to book with the walk leader.  Please contact the leader no sooner than 9.00 am. on the preceding Friday. Bookings made before that time will be ignored. This allows the leader to hold a record of all walkers and to limit the amount of walkers if necessary and to make changes accordingly.  Booking is not required for the Leisurely walks. 

All walks start from the Rec. at 9.30 am prompt unless otherwise stated. Car Parking Charge (SVP) 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 Walks’ Secretary.

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

  • 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 advisable 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 you may be disappointed if you just turn up.  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

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.


August 2021

August 26th

Hankham and Manxey Levels 4.5 miles  2 styles
Easy, level walking alongside the watercourse with extensive views across the Levels. We pick up the 1066 Trail from Pevensey Castle and head to Hankham Level as far as Bridge Farm. We then head to Chilley Farm where refreshments are available. We rejoin the 1066 Trail to head back to Pevensey. Start at Pevensey Castle car park at 10.00 – Grid Reference:646048 – or Polegate Rec at 09.30.Pay and Display at the castle – £2.50 for 4 hours, pay by cash or card

John C 07938833784. SVP £1.00

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


September 2nd

CUCKMERE HAVEN     3 miles No stiles
Bus 51 Polegate taxi office @ 09:45 to Cornfield Road, then Brighton bus to Exceat. Walk to the sea before returning for refreshments.
Joy 487269

BARROWS AND GRAPEVINES     5.5 miles 3 stiles
Walking from Alfriston take a gradual ascent along the SDW passing one of the oldest barrows in East Sussex and what went on thousands of years ago can be seen on the information board. Continue on the SDW and then south down peaceful Greenway before heading back past Rathfinny’s estate. One stiff climb of 300 yards. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Alan 500664 or 07753610752 or Email alanjones87@btinternet.com SVP £1.20

SECRET STONE CIRCLE   10 miles 20 stiles
Walk from Bodiam Castle (NT car park free to NT members, £4 to non-members) through fields and downland to Ewhurst Green, then fields and some road sections to private woodland for lunch (hot dogs available but please let Ange know when you book on to the walk) with Secret Stone Circle near Staplecross. After lunch return to Bodiam where Gill Mattock will hopefully be able to give an optional 30 min guided tour of Bodiam Castle if required (free to NT member and standard entry charge to non-members). For those not wanting the tour the NT café is pleasantly situated nearby. Polegate Rec. at 09:15. Picnic
Ange 07845872659 or 648235 SVP. £4.00

Sept 9th

CHIDDINGLY RAMBLE     5 ¼ miles 7 stiles
Gentle walk around Chiddingly through woods and fields. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Pat and Brenda 07946401281 or 471359 or 470114 SVP £1.60

THREE DEANS       10 ½ miles 8 stiles
Rottingdean up the Downs and along before back down to the coast, along the promenade and finally some pavement walking to the finish. Polegate Rec. at 09:30 Picnic
Aled 07858070497 or 484723 or willingdonwizard@yahoo.co.uk SVP £4.00/span>

Sept 16th

Bus 51 at 09:45, Downkand Medical Centre to Horam
Horam Manor lakes & woods £2 entry fee to woodland, one short hill refreshments at TPOT2
Sue Taylor 482441 or 07972579340

BARCOMBE(S) X3           5 ½ miles5 stiles
Barcombe Cross following the river Ouse to Barcombe Mills and Barcombe. Fields, country lanes and level(ish) walking. Car parking is limited so please car share where possible. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Sonia 722654 or 07790184583 SVP £3.00

GUNNING FOR IT        10 miles 6 stiles
Upper Horsebridge to Gun Hill, return via Cuckoo Trail and Hellingly Park. Mostly fields, paths and tracks plus some road. Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic
John and Marion 724972 or 07732971557 (on day of walk only) SVP £1.00

September 23rd

AUTUMN RAMBLE           8 ½ miles, 3 stiles
Butts Brow to Jevington, East Dean and back Polegate Rec 09:30. Leader at the start Picnic. Tea and cake at Jaynes afterwards. Please confirm when booking if you are staying for tea.
Jayne 07775631499 or 500855 SVP 50p

September 30th

ON AND OFF THE CUCKOO      2 miles
Meet Polegate taxi office for 10:10 No.6 bus to Dittons Corner. Mainly Cuckoo Trail with small amount of lane walking. Starting point is Dittons Corner.
Maureen & Eileen 483337 or 482837

A LITTLE COMMON MAYBE?      6 miles 10 stiles
A fairly flat walk through woodland, fields, tracks and paths, small amount of road work. We will have a coffee stop and a water stop as it is slightly longer than usual. Please bring your lunch to have in the woods when we have finished if you wish. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Judy 07802877514 £2.00

LISTEN VERY CAREFULLY        9 ½ miles, 5 stiles
Arlington, Berwick and Selmeston. (crossing of the railway line to be careful of). Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
Jan 07840955458 or 763700 or email: jjeffries48@outlook.com SVP £1.00


October 7th

Cherry Garden Road walk up to the downs through the woods via a steepish hill. Park at Cherry Garden Road or YHA, East Dean Rd. Polegate Rec 09:30 (use Eastbourne Resident car park pass if you have/need one)
Brenda 07907678148 or 726165. SVP £1.00

SOUTHEASE AND BEYOND.     9 miles 0 stiles
Southease, Telscombe Village and Rodmell with some Ouse thrown in Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic
Mick 07484104460 SVP £3.30

October 14th

TEE OFF TO EAST DEAN.      3 miles
Polegate Taxi office for 09:45 bus No. 51 to Eastbourne station then Brighton bus to the club house for Downs Golf Club. Walk to East Dean for refreshments.
Joy 487269

OLD HEATHFIELD CIRCULAR.       4 ½ miles 9 ish stiles
Undulating countryside, heathland, quiet lanes, farmyards, ponds and a ford. (park on School Hill near All Saints Church , Old Heathfield TN21 9AH) Polegate Rec 09:30
Barbara O 07709998678 or 840622 SVP £2.40

IN SEARCH OF GEOFFREY      11 miles, 18 stiles
Fairly flat walk around Chailey over commons, through woods and across farmland, some road walking. Polegate Rec 09:15. Picnic.
John and Theresa 07719437464 or 726685 SVP £4.00

October 21st

SLOE, SLOE, QUICK, QUICK, SLOE           4 ½ miles 2 ish stiles
Circular walk from Birling Gap through East Dean. Slightly extended coffee break at Friston Pond with an opportunity to pick sloes so bring a container if you would like to do this. Hill in and out of East Dean. (from Went Hill). Polegate Rec at 09:30
Lindsey 07974930105 SVP £1.20


A mostly flat walk in the Ouse Valley with one steep hill. Café at the end. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic
Gill 07963930941 SVP £2.10

October 28th

DOWNLAND VIEWS      1½ miles No stiles
Bus No 6 Polegate taxi office @ 09:54 to Wannock., then Paragon fields to Chalk Farm. refreshments at the end.
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

WALK THE OUSE TO ISFIELD      5 miles 2 stiles
Flat walk following River Ouse from Barcombe, small amount of road walking. Refreshments if required at the Anchor Inn. Polegate Rec at 09:30. A maximum of 30 walkers.
Sheila and David 500877 or 07845490663 SVP £3.00

FOWINGTON ETC      9 miles 3ish stiles
Pleasant downland walk from Polegate Rec. via Wannock, Downs above Folkington, descend by the Long Man before going to Milton St, Wilmington and Folkington. Polegate Rec at 09:30 SVP N/A Picnic
Mick 07484104460

29th October  – Club AGM at Willingdon Memorial Hall     (Church Street).   15:15

November 2021

November 4th

RODEAN CIRCULAR        5 ½ miles 3 stiles
Walk East along the Undercliffe and before we reach Rottingdean we head inland to the countryside passing through a nature reserve and then on to The Downs around Wick Bottom and then back. Flat and varied walk with coastal and downland views. Polegate Rec at 09:30
Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP £4.00

THE LAST TRAIN TO MAYFIELD       9 miles, 6 stiles
Walking from Mayfield along field paths, tracks and small section of road. Slight undulations. Polegate Rec 09:15 Picnic
Paul and Barbara 07790708616 or 504908 SVP £4.00

November 11th 

MEADS TO WISH TOWER   3 ½ miles No stiles
Meet Polegate Taxi office for Bus No. 51 at 09:45 to Eastbourne station then Meads bus to village for walk to seafront including Foyle Way. Coffee at the end.
Joy 487269

FIND THE FOX        5 miles No stiles
Bedes school along cliffs before coffee and then seafront Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Heather 07745229274 or 506137 SVP £1

REMEMBRANCE DAY RAMBLE    10 miles 6 ish stiles
Butts Brow along SDW taking in 2 war memorials (hopefully 11 o’ clock silence at one of them). Return across undulating Downs. Please be ready to leave Polegate Rec at 09:10 or be at Butts Brow to leave 09:30 prompt. Picnic Leader at the start
Lindsey 07974930105 SVP 50p

November 18th – Ramblers Reunion Lunch Westham Village Hall. £8 per person. Walk from Westham at 09:45 with coffee stop. Booking form and menu choices available soon. Please note non-walkers to arrive no earlier than 12:30 for lunch

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November 25th

CYCLE TRACK TO ESK        1 ½ miles
Bus No 6 at 10:12, Downkand Medical Centre to Langney Shopping Centre, change here for Langney Roundabout. Walk beside fields and Bridgemere. Refreshments at the end.
Sue Taylor 482441 or 07972579340

SEARCH FOR THE HIDDEN SPRING    5½ miles 9 stiles
Lovely flatish walk from Horam using a small section of the Cuckoo Trail and then woodland, fields, paths and a small section of path at the end Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Vicky; Judy 07802877514 SVP £2.00

GO WEST YOUNG RAMBLER         9 ½ miles 5 stiles
Explore the downs north of Brighton. First, we head east along the SDW overlooking Ditchling and Plumpton before heading south through the woods of Ashcombe Bottom. Then west towards the “Medieval Village of Balmer’ before returning. Some hills. Polegate Rec. 09:15 Picnic.
Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP £4.00


December 2nd

EXPLORE POVERTY BOTTOM     5 miles 5 stiles
From Mount Pleasant near Newhaven we head for the downs and along the intriguingly named Poverty Bottom to join the WealdWay. On the return, we pass through the old village of  Bishopstone. Some short ascents, typical downland walk. Polegate Rec 09:30
Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP £2.20 SVP 1.50p

Tracks, footpaths, roads and pavements in roughly equal measures. Coffee at High and Over, lunch at Bishopstone Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic
John 724972 or 07732971557 (mobile to be used on the day of the walk only not for booking please) SVP £2

December 9th

WINTER STROLL       2.25miles No stiles
Meet at Polegate Taxi Office for 09:45 No. 51 bus. To Cornfield Road, then to Bandstand for seafront walk with coffee stop
Joy 487269

1066 AND ALL THAT      5 miles 2 stiles
A mostly flat walk through farmland and woodland around Herstmonceux Castle. Polegate Rec 09:30
Gill 07963930941 SVP 1.50p

December 16th

TWO LAKES AND UP TO THE BROW      10 ish miles No stiles
Wannock to Shinewater Lake, Hampden Park Lake/and Butts Brow with a steady climb to the Polegate Rec at 09:45. Picnic
John and Theresa 07719437464 or 726685 SVP N/A

December 23rd

Local Polegate walk (weather permitting) refreshments in High Street afterwards
Sue 482441 or 07972579340

MAD JACK’S FOLLIES      5.5 miles 2 stiles
Starting near Brightling Needle, we discover all of the “follies” built in the 1980’s. Undulating but easy walking through woods, across fields and along quiet roads. Polegate Rec 09.30 and we start at Brightling Needle Park just south of the obelisk at the triangular junction of Willingford Lane, Perryman,s lane and Sheepshaw Lane near Brightling. – What3Words ‘pinging.doll.voltages’ – Post Code TN32 5HL which is the Observatory, so go north 100 metres to find triangle and car park.
Barbara O 07709998678 or 840622 SVP 3.00

December 30th

TO THE SEA AND BACK      10 miles 4 stiles
Circular walk to Seaford seafront, Bishopstone and back to High & Over. Polegate Rec. at 09:30 Picnic
Jenny 07594504828 or 730771 SVP £2.00