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 to be shared between car occupants. SVP – Suggested Voluntary payment – is payable to the driver by each passenger as it is a reasonable contribution to the fuel used. 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 have booked on to a walk and require transport from the recreation ground to the start of the walk it is advisable to arrange this beforehand as we cannot guarantee to organise 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

Dates for Your Diary

Wednesday March 6th
Langham Lunch
Menu and Application Form PDF Word

Friday April 12th 2.00 p.m. – AGM Willingdon Village Hall. Details to follow.



Hailsham to Horsebridge  2 miles

Bus 51 at 10:45 Polegate Downland Medical Centre, to South Car Park Hailsham, walk the Hailsham leg of the Cuckoo Trail to The Kings Head

Wendy 520015

Late Change to Programme 6 miles

Gary has had to change this week’s walk to a seafront one due to the conditions underfoot in and around Alfriston. Meet at Polegate Rec 09:30 or Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club car park for a 6 mile return trip to the pier.

Gary 351553 or 07773382426  SVP £1.50

First of the Year 10.5 miles No stiles

Eastbourne YHA to Willingdon Hill and Butts Lane Car Park to Jevington, to Friston Forest and across Lullington  Heath, returning through Friston Forest to Friston, Eldon Bottom. Polegate Rec at 09:30. 

Colin & Julia 07446458138 SVP £1.50


 Might there be Cukoos  5, 9 or 12 miles No stiles

This linear walk is for both short and long walkers, also any Leisure walkers who wish to join in. It is along the Cuckoo Trail from Polegate to Heathfield with the option to exit at 5 miles (Horsebridge) and 9 miles (Horam) where a bus can be caught back to Polegate. For those wishing to continue to Heathfield (12 miles) the reward will be tea and cakes at one of the cafes in the High Street before catching the 51 bus back. Meet Polegate Rec 9.30 am. SVP N/A

Gill 07963930941

JANUARY 18th     

Bandstand to Holywell  1.25 miles

Bus 51 at 09:45, Polegate station to Eastbourne Cornfield Road, Walk to Bandstand for a seafront stroll to Holywell. Refreshments before return.        

Joy  487269

A Ramble around Firle and Charleston  4 ½ miles No stiles

A flat walk from Firle village to Charleston , return route depends on conditions. Polegate Rec 09:30

Barbara 07709998678 SVP £2.70

Guestling Winter Ramble 10 miles Some stiles

Paths, woods, fields in the Guestling area. Refreshments afterwards at The Patience Café . Polegate 09:15. 

 Patience  07764300287 SVP £6.

JANUARY 25th     

Polegate’s Hidden Gem and a bit of Wilmington   4.5  miles No stiles

Along Folkington Lane across woodland to Wilmington for coffee in the Long Man if required. Return via the bottom of the Downs and Folkington.  Polegate Rec 09:30 or roads by Thoroughbred Pub (Polegate A27 junction 09:45) either walk or drive from the Rec. 

Nic 484205 or 07833546925  SVP N/A

A Downland Wander 10 miles No stiles Eastbourne YHA to Friston and Birling Gap. Polegate Rec at 09:30. 

Marion & John 07732971557 or 724972 SVP £1.50



Marina Meander 2 miles
Meet Polegate station for 51 bus at 09:45 to Eastbourne and change to Loop bus to ASDA. A flat walk around harbours, Refreshments afterwards.

Sue 07972579340

Tide Mills 5 miles No stiles
A circular coastal walk from Tide Mills to Seaford, returning by the same route. Use car park on A259 that leads to Tide Mills. Polegate Rec at 09:30 or Tide Mills car park 10:00

Brenda 07907678148 or 726165 SVP £3.60

Change to Programme 8.5 miles Some stiles
Mick will be walking from Polegate Rec.via Wannock, Milton St. and Folkington.Polegate Rec 09:30

Mick 07484104460


East Dean and 3 or 4 Sisters 5 miles 2 stiles
Circular walk from East Dean, you will see fabulous views and experience 3 or 4 Sisters. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Sonia 07790184583 SVP £1.50

Magical Mystery (Downland) Tour 10 miles
This is a LINEAR walk from YHA in Eastbourne (East Dean Road) heading west for approximately 10 miles and then a bus back to the start so do not forget your bus passes. A ramble across the Downs (from YHA) above and around Eastbourne. May involve mud and woodland but will almost certainly involve hills! Polegate Rec 09:30 YHA 09.45

Gill 07963930941 SVP £1.50


A Winter Wander 2 miles
Bus No. 6 @ 10:10 Downland Medical Centre to LIDL. Flat walk mainly Cuckoo Trail back to Polegate for refreshments.

Maureen 483337

Downs Ramble 5 miles 4 stiles
Meet at Butts Brow (don’t forget your residents car park pass) Across to East Dean for coffee and return via Old Coach Road. Polegate Rec 09:30

Olive 07896851797 or 504653 SVP £1.00

A Trip to the Lakes 9 miles No stiles
This is a change to the original programme because of adverse weather conditions. We will now start at the Rec and go to Hampden Park and Shinewater before heading back to Polegate. Polegate Rec. 09:45

John & Theresa 07719437464 SVP £3.00


Millionaire’s Walk 5 miles 3 stiles
East Dean/Friston Polegate Rec 09:30

Penny 07778282811 or 485336 SVP £1.50

February Frolics on the South Downs 10 miles 2 stiles
YHA to Belle Toute, Birling Gap, East Dean &Eldon Bottom. Polegate Rec 09:30.

Jayne 07775631499 SVP £1.50


Bexhill Park and Seafront 2 miles
Bus 98 at Polegate Medical Centre to Bexhill. 09:59, A stroll around the park and on to the seafront. Refreshments at the De La Warr Pavilion.

Sue 07972579340

A Leapyear Walk 4½ miles No stiles
East Dean to Birling Gap return Polegate Rec at 09:30

Tony 07850184426 or 365581 SVP £1.50

Butts Brow Circular 9 miles 5 stiles
A circular walk from Butts Brow to include Jevington, Folkington and the Long Man. Don’t forget your residents’ parking pass. Polegate Rec 09:30.

Lesley 07933237300 SVP 75p

MARCH 2024

MARCH 6thLangham Lunch

Menu and Application Form PDF Word


Change to Programme. Eastbourne Heritage Walk.
This walk takes us around Meads and Old Town including some of the Blue Plaques and some interesting history you may not know. This is a flat walk with no stiles and will start at Helen Gardens at the Meads end of the seafront via three parks, some pavements and a golf course and end up with the opportunity for a walk around the Italian Gardens and optional refreshment at Holywell.Polegate Rec. 09:30

Judy 07802877514 SVP £1.50

Circumnavigate Seaford 9 miles 6 stiles
Along the coast and seafront then inland to Bishopstone returning along the Comp. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Aled 07858070497 SVP £3.00.

MARCH 14th

Cuckmere Haven 3 miles
Meet Polegate station for 51 bus at 09:45 to Eastbourne station, then Brighton bus to Exceat. Walk to sea and back for refreshments.

Joy 487269

Picnic with Rudyard 5 miles 3 stiles
Along the Undercliff near Roedean, across to the countryside and a nature reserve onto the Downs and return to the start. A flat and varied walk with coastal and Downland views. Polegate Rec. 09:30

Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP £6

Seaford-The Comp-Denton-Bishopstone 10 ½ miles 2 stiles
A steady climb out of Seaford then good downland paths to Denton and return through Blackstone Polegate Rec 09:30.

John & Marion 07732971557 or 724972 SVP £2.70

MARCH 21st

To the Long Man of Wilmington 5 ½ miles No stiles
A circular walk from Alfriston, gradual ascent to Lullington Heath and Winchester Pond with views across the Weald. On to the Long Man and back to Alfriston. Free parking near Alfriston School, (North Road) or free car park in the centre.

Philip, Claire and Donna 07941665683 SVP £1.50

A Green Man and His Sisters Change to Programme
From Crowlink Car Park (NT membership card for free parking) we will walk through Friston Forest (probably very muddy) to coffee at West Dean, then “over the top” to Exceat and return on a slightly inland route past four of the Sisters. Polegate Rec at 09:30.

Lindsey 07974930105 SVP £1.50

MARCH 28th Cuckoo Trail and the Bridleway 2 ½ miles
Meet outside cycle shop jn High St. 10:00. No Bus just walk to Cuckoo Trail & Bridleway, uneven in places. Refreshments in Polegate High St.

Hazel 077732712782

Church Station and Habitat 5 ½ miles 3 stiles
Circular walk taking in part of the Cuckmere Pilgrim Path. Polegate Rec 09:30

Sonia 07790184583 SVP £1.80

A Catsfield Ramble 10 miles ? stiles
Fairly straightforward country walk over fields and woodland from the village of Catsfield (use village hall car park). Polegate Rec 09:30.

Liz 07904504915 SVP £4.20

APRIL 2024


Change to Programme Willingdon – Jevington Circular 5 miles 3 stiles
Starting at Willingdon Cemetry, we walk through Paragon Fields to Wannock Lane where we then take the Roman Road to Jevington. After a coffee stop at the Eight Bells pub the walk returns over Combe Hill with fabulous views over Eastbourne town and the Cuckmere Valley. The walk does include some medium difficulty climbs but rest stops will be taken at regular intervals. Leaving Polegate Rec at 9.30 am. for car sharing to the start. Polegate Rec 09:30 Please book on as usual.

Royce and Denise 07815193363 SVP 50p

Avoiding Poverty 10 miles No stiles
Downland walk with a mixture of terrains, first half mainly uphill. Polegate Rec 09:30

John/Theresa 07719437464 SVP £3.30

APRIL 11th

Polegate to Wilmington 2 ½ miles
Meet Downland Medical Centre at 09:45 and walk new cycle track to Wilmington Village. Refreshments at Wishing Well Tea Gardens

Dolly 07790750516

Change to Programme – Chalvington 5 miles. 2 stiles
Starting at Chalvington Stud Farm House, we walk to Eckington Corner. This is a flat walk, with some road walking and a muddy field to cross. Views of the Downs, lots of pretty farm cottages and two lovely old churches to see along the way. As few cars as possible please as there is not a lot of space to park. Please share by meeting at the recreation ground.

Barbara O 07709998678 SVP £1.50

Over the Hills to Exceat 10 miles 4 stiles
Paths and tracks between Butts Brow and Exceat. Please remember residents car park pass. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Esther & John 07579780999 SVP 60p

FRIDAY APRIL 12th – 2.00 AGM Willingdon Village Hall. Details to follow.

APRIL 18th

Arlington Reservoir 4.5 miles 2 stiles at the railway crossing.
Fairly easy circular walk from Arlington via Selmeston and Berwick.

Penny 07778282811 SVP £1.50

Over and Under the Bluebell 10 miles 6 stiles
Fields, paths, small section of road. Polegate Rec at 09:15

Paul & Barbara 07812822879 SVP £6.00

APRIL 25th

Robin Post Lane to LiteBites 3 miles
Downlands Medical Centre @ 09:45 for Bus 51 to Hailsham Roundabout. Bridle path to Robin Post Lane skirting Abbots Wood. Could be muddy, Refreshments at Lite Bites Polegate.

Sue 07972579340 or 482441

Springtime in Friston Forest 5 miles 3 stiles
A spring walk through Friston Forest from Crowlink (don’t forget NT membership card for car park) Polegate Rec at 09:30

Tony 07850184426 or 365581 SVP £1.50

Don’t Rain on my Parade 10 ½ miles Not many stiles
Crowlink to Exceat, Cuckmere, Littlington, West Dean an Friston Pond. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Jan 07871436724 SVP £1.50