Walks Programme

POLEGATE RAMBLING CLUB
INTERIM PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2020
Good News. We have been advised by the Ramblers Association that we are exempt from the Rule of Six requirement.

Please note:- All sporting and leisure activities have inherent hazards associated with them and rambling is no exception. Despite the safety of members always being of paramount concern, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important, therefore, that when entering into the activity each member appreciates that he or she has a responsibility to identify the hazards associated with the activity and take all reasonable steps to eliminate or minimise the potential for an accident to occur.
Obviously, mud after rain is inevitable. Appropriate clothing and footwear are essential for safety.
All walks start from the Rec. at 9.30 am prompt unless otherwise stated.
Car Parking Charge 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 Rambles Secretary.

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

* All leaders to complete Risk Assessment forms and Booking/ Track and Trace forms as requested i.e. RA’s by Tuesday prior to walk (no form, no walk) and Booking forms by/on day of walk and retained for 21 days.
* 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 your responsibility 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 please do not just turn up expecting a lift. 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

Quick Guidelines Word
Quick Guidelines PDF
It is important that all walkers and leaders also read and follow the guidance given in the documents below.
Walkers: Additional Guidance for Walkers

Leaders: Where appropriate, there is a choice between the Microsoft Word version and the PDF version

1. Additional Guidance for Leaders
2. Leaders Checklist
3.Risk Assessment Form:   Word          PDF
4.Leaders Register:               Word          PDF
If you want to read The Ramblers guidance in full the web link is https://www.ramblers.org.uk/volunteer-zone/coronavirus/volunteering.aspx

Please note that, currently, independent walking is encouraged apart from people in households with symptoms or those who have pre-existing health conditions, and provided walkers stay more than two metres from others.

Future walks will be posted on this website as soon as we get offers from leaders and we can put together a programme. Please also look out for updates by email.

Entry Form:     Word       PDF

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.

Download Walks Programme – 2 sides only

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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