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 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

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.



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 

Tracks, footpaths, roads and pavements in roughly equal measures. Coffee at High and Over, lunch at Bishopstone Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic
John 07732971557  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

Cowbeech Circular     5.5 miles 4 stiles
A gentle, mostly flat walk through fields and woods in the Cowbeech area.
Gill 07963930941           9.30 Polegate Rec.

New – Downland Walk     9.5miles, 5 stiles
Downland walking with some climbs starting at Youth Hostel, Dean Road, Eastbourne about 9.50 – 10.00 Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic
Doris and Gavin. Please book via text. SVP £1.50

December 16th

There and Back Again      0 stiles

Downland walking from Eastbourne to Beachy Head and back by Jubilee Way, weather permitting. One hill. Coffee stop at Beachy Head

Sonia 07790184583  Polegate Rec. 09.30  SVP. £1.00 

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

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


January 6th

OLD TOWN PARKS    2 miles
Bus 51 Polegate taxi office @ 09:45 to Eastbourne Station, then Brighton bus to Summerdown Road.  Walk through Recreation Ground, Motcombe Gardens & Gildredge Park. Refreshments at the end, JPK café.

Joy 487269

TO THE FEET AND BACK   5 miles   2 stiles
Willows car park Alfriston with a slow climb, not steep, to the foot of the Long Man and return via one of Britain’s oldest Yew trees. Alternative free parking near Alfriston School. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Gary 351553 or 07773382426 SVP £1.00

BUTTS BROW CLASSIC  10 ½ miles No stiles
Butts Brow to Beachy Head then East Dean. Good views hopefully? Polegate Rec. at 09:30. Picnic

Lesley 07933237300   SVP 50p

January 13th

BLACKBOYS WALK  4 ½ miles. No stiles
A walk across fields and country lanes around Blackboys passing an old watermill and a Woodland Trust site Polegate Rec at 09:30

Brenda and Pat 07905727032 or 07946401281 or 470114 or 471359 SVP £2.60

HIGH AND OVER AND RATHFINNEY   10 ½ miles 1 stile
From High and Over to Bo Peep and return via the Rathfinney Estate. Polegate Rec. at 09:30 Picnic

Gavin & Doris 07552763683 SVP £1.20

January 20th

Bus 51 at 09:45, Downland Medical Centre to Cacklebury Stores, South Road. Flat walk

Sandra 483991

Along SDW to Alfriston and back along the Old Coach Road with a killer hill at the end. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Lindsey 07974930105 SVP £1.00

ROUND THE TOWN   10 miles No stiles
Pavement walk, no mud, no stiles. Drop off points. Bring face mask. Sovereign Harbour, Shinewater, Cross Levels Way, Town Centre and seafront.. Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic

John and Marion 724972 or text 07732971557 or email jwriley@btinternet.com SVP £1.20

January 27th

ARLINGTON RESERVOIR    5 miles stiles ?
Fields and views, 1 railway crossing and some road walking (all easy). Parking in lay-by or chargeable car park. Polegate Rec at 09:30  Note: Payment for car parking at Arlington Reservoir by card only.

Penny 07778 282811 or 485336  SVP 1.30

THE BREAKY BOTTOM CIRCULAR     9 miles 3 stiles
Start with a stiff climb up to Kingston Ridge to join the SDW. We head south and then west to Breaky Bottom vineyard. We pass a bombed out village and then walk through a nature reserve as we head back home. Apart from the start, only gradual ascents.

Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP 2.80


February 3rd

MARINA TO PERCH    2 miles
Polegate taxi office for 09:45 No.51 bus to Eastbourne, then LOOP to ASDA. Flat walk round Marina & Seafront to Princess Park. Refreshments at the end.

Sue 482441

VALLEY VIEWS    5 miles No stiles
A fairly flat walk through fields, tracks and riverside paths, small amount of road work. Refreshments available at the YHA at the end. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Judy 07802877514 SVP £2.40

CUCKMERE VALLEY WANDER     10 ¾ miles, 6 stiles
Stretch your legs and enjoy views above and along the Cuckmere Valley with only 2 inclines. Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic
Gill 07963930941 SVP £1.80

February 10th

MAD JACK’S FOLLIES      5.5 miles 2 stiles
Starting near Brightling Needle, we discover all of the “follies” built in the eighteenth century. 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

HOSTEL TO HOSTELRY     10 miles No stiles
YHA to Birling Gap, East Dean, Friston and back along Friston Dencher and SDW. Fields and downland. Polegate Rec 09:30. Picnic.
John & Theresa 07719437464 SVP £1.00

February 17th

HEATHFIELD TO HORAM      2 ¼ miles
Downlands Medical Centre for 09:45 bus No. 51 to Heathfield. Walk Cuckoo Trail to Horam for refreshments.

Joy 487269

BOREHAM STREET AND A CASTLE    5 miles 10 stiles
Mainly flat circular walk from Boreham Street via Herstmonceux Castle and Church. Polegate Rec 09:30.

Vicky 07701051155 or 471635 SVP £2.00

JACK & JILL WENT UP – AND DOWN – THE HILLS      10 miles, ? stiles
Figure of 8 walk on the Downs above Patcham, taking in 3 places of interest in the vicinity. Polegate Rec 09:15. Picnic.
Lindsey 07974930105 SVP £3.80

February 24th

WHERE ARE THOSE SHEEP?     5 ¼ miles 2 stiles
Downland walk with lots of grand views west towards Newhaven and North over the Weald. Gradual assents. From Bo-Peep head towards Bishopstone but then west to follow ‘The Comp’. Halfway along turn north to the SDW near Alfriston and then a gradual ascent back to Bo-Peep. Polegate Rec at 09:30

Alan 07753610752 or 500664 SVP £1.30

STAY CLOSE……TO EASTBOURNE   10 miles, 7 stiles. Downland walking along Jubilee Way, fields and paths. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic.
Jenny 07594504828 SVP £1.00

MARCH 2022

March 3rd

Downlands Medical Centre. For 09:45 No.51 bus to Hellingly. Easy walk around village then Cuckoo Trail back to Horsebridge, refreshments at the end.

Sue 482441

LOVELY LAUGHTON   5 miles 7 stiles
Flat walk through woods and across marshes (past moated Laughton Place 1534). Polegate Rec at 09:30.

Barbara O 07709998678 or 840622 SVP £1.80

A MARCH IN MARCH TO THE COAST     9 ½ miles 3 stiles
Butts Brow to Belle Toute, Birling Gap and Friston rtn. Hilly. Please remember residents Car Park card if you have one. Polegate Rec at 09:30 Picnic

Jayne 07775631499     SVP 50p 

March 9th      LANGHAM LUNCH – Download Application Form      Pdf  

Payment for your lunch. Please pay £25 by BACS to the Club’s account 40-37-35 01026887

Reference ‘[your surname]Lunch’ This is the preferred method of payment.

Or please enclose a cheque for £25 per person, made payable to Polegate Rambling Club. [Each cheque costs us 40p to pay into the bank. This is why we prefer payments by BACS if possible. Thank you.]

 No cash, thank you.

March 10th

BRENDA’S DOWNLAND RAMBLE    5 miles No stiles
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

IT WILL BE GOOD    10 miles, more than 10 stiles
Walking from Patience’s field over Fairlight and fields. Cakes afterwards. Patience field what 3 words is: machine guesswork sofa. Polegate Rec 09:15 Picnic.

Patience 07764300287 (text is preferred) SVP £4

March 17th

Polegate Downland Medical Centre for Bus No. 51 at 09:45 to Hailsham TESCO bus stop then easy walking around Hailsham. Coffee at the end.

Eileen and Maureen 482837 483337

ARLINGTON CIRCULAR     4 ½ miles 5 stiles
Mostly flat country walk, lovely views. Polegate Rec at 09:30.

Betty 07713032564 or 640663 SVP £1.30

FOLLY SPOTTING 9 ½ miles 6 stiles
Tracks and paths around Brightling. Polegate Rec 09:30 Picnic

Paul & Barbara 07790708616 SVP £3.20

March 24th

From Herstmonceux Castle flat walk across fields and paths (may be cows in the fields). Follow Church Lane from Herstmonceux to park near All Saints Church. Polegate Rec at 09:30.

Sheila and David 07845490663 or 500877 SVP £1.80

CATSFIELD AND NINFIELD    10 miles 20 stiles
Tracks, paths and roads. Small hills and good views. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic

John & Marion 724972 or text 07732971557 or email jwriley@btinternet.com SVP 2.60

March  31st

LIDL TO LANGNEY   2 ½ miles
Bus No 6 at 10:10 Downland Medical Centre to LIDL. Walk cycle track to Shinewater Lakes and Langney. Refreshments at the end.
Sue Taylor 482441

BO PEEP TO FIRLE CIRCULAR   5 ½ miles ? stiles
Along the SDW to Firle village and back via Charleston farm with a killer hill at the end. Polegate Rec at 09:30.
Lindsey 07974930105 SVP £1

A WALK AROUND BATTLE-FIELDS 11 miles, 8 stiles
Undulating walk through woods and fields. Parking in Asten Fields off Trade Road Battle. Leader at the start. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic
Liz 07904504915 or 01424846437 SVP £3.40

April 2020

April 7th

THE SLATER TRAIL    5 ½ miles 3 stiles
A circular walk through landscape which inspired the artist Eric Slater who lived most of his life in Seaford. Polegate Rec 09:30
Sonia 07790184583 SVP £2.00

TELSCOMBE IN REVERSE    9 miles, No stiles
Southease circular walk beside the River Ouse and then Rodmell, Telscombe Village and back to Southease. Refreshment available at YHA at the end. Tracks, footpaths and a bit of lane work. Polegate Rec. 09:30 Picnic

Mick 07484104460 SVP £2.40

April 14th

Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:45 No. 51 bus to Heathfield. Incline at start then easy walking.
Sandra 483991

HARRISON AND ERIDGE ROCKS    9 miles 5 stiles
Outcrops of limestone and sandstone used for climbimg, woods, parkland, some road walking, an SSSI for flora and an RSPB reserve. Finally Groombridge Place. Polegate Rec 09:15

Richard 07926500419 (text only please as hard of hearing) SVP £4

April 21st

Starting in Alfriston join SDW for a short ascent, then leave SDW and circle the ridge above Cradle Valley, home of Rathfinney Wine Estate. Return through the estate to Alfriston. Parking in Willows Car Park (£3 for 4 hours) or by Alfriston School (free).

Royce & Denise 07815193363 SVP £1

FETCH A PAIL OF WATER   10 miles 6 stiles
Climb from Stanmer Park on to the Downs, along the top for a while and then back down. Café at the end for a well earned cuppa and a cake. Polegate Rec at 09:30. Picnic
Aled 07858070497 or 484723 SVP £3.40

April 28th

MAYFIELD    1 ¼ miles
Polegate Downland Medical Centre for 09:45 No. 51 bus to Mayfield. Refreshments at the end
Joy 487269

IN THE SHEEPS STEPS    4½ miles No stiles
Downland circular walk from Bo-Peep, scenic and refreshing along SDW to Long Burgh and then along Greenways. One short slope, one gentle ascent.
Diane & Betty 07843165691 or 644996 or 640663 SVP £1.30

DON’T PASS DAVE LOL 10 miles 7 stiles
Crowlink – 7 Sisters – Cuckmere – Litlington – West Dean. Downland & paths. Polegate Rec at 09:30. Picnic
Dave & Jan 07840955458 SVP £1


That’s all Folks!