Walks Programme 2018

Below is the walks programme from 2018. For the current programme, see here.

DateWalk & LeaderMeet At & Notes
Sunday 14th January 2018Ditchling Common Country Park

Steve D
Meet 10:30 AM at Ditchling Common Country Park (Grid ref. TQ 337 180).

Walk around Ditchling Common Country Park, taking in Views of St Georges Retreat. Strood Farm, Strood Wood, along the Sussex Border Path, return via West Wood.

Distance 6 miles.

Pub lunch at the Cock Inn.
Sunday 28th January 2018Wisborough Green Circular

Meet 10:30 AM at the corner of the green of Wisborough Green, near to the Cricketers pub. Plenty of places to park nearby. Grid Ref. TQ 050 260, Explorer Map 134.

Pub lunch.
Sunday 11th Feburary 2018Storrington to Amberley and back

Meet 10:30 AM at the eastern end of the car park to the Impulse Leisure Centre in Storrington (free) (Grid ref. TQ 08278 14625, Post code RH20 4BG).

Climbing up onto the downs, along the South Downs Way to Amberley and then back via Parham Park.

Distance 9 miles.

Picnic lunch.
Sunday 25th February 2018Vanguard Way Circular

Meet 10:30 AM at the junction of Warren Road and Rannoch Road in Crowborough, just off the A26. Plenty of parking along Warren Road. Bus Stops along A26. Nearest postcode TN6 QR. Grid ref TQ 50740 30414.

The walk is about 7 miles. The route goes along trackways through woodland and out onto the Ashdown Forest. The Vanguard Way then leads across heathland back to the A26 where we can stop for lunch at the Crow and Gate pub. The route then heads across the golf course and back to the road, finishing at Warren Road.

It's very muddy and wet, so be warned.
Sunday 11th March 2018Cuckfield and Beyond

Meet 10:15 AM in Church Street (TQ 30401 24500), which is close to the Co-op in the High Street. Circular Walk.

Parking: All close to starting point. Broad Street Car Park (in Long Stay spaces only, limited). Broad Street On-Road Parking, opposite side of road to Car Park, towards Mytten Close. Recreation Ground Car Park (TQ 30336 24812 Approx RH17 5EL, High Street, near Queens Hall on that side of the road). High Street On Road Parking within marked spaces.

Starting in Cuckfield, across Cuckfield Park through to Long Wood & Ansty, passing Deaks Farm & some Orchards, before heading back towards Cuckfield.

Distance 7.5 miles.

Pub Lunch at Wheatcheaf Inn.
Sunday 25th March 2018Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Meet to leave at 10:00 AM at The Crescent, Horley, RH6 just past Spiers Way. There is a path with a prefab concrete wall about 100 yards to the south of Spiers Way on The Crescent, just before the road bends around. This path leads to a bridge over the railway line. Meet near the wall, which is to be the start of the walk.

Unrestricted Sunday parking is available on The Crescent and surrounding roads.

If coming by train from the direction of Brighton, there is a replacement bus service that day due to engineering work between Brighton and Three Bridges. To ensure we all leave on time, the route is best served by car starting from The Crescent, which is a revision to the original plan in starting from Gatwick south terminal and coming via train.

If you do plan to come by train, please can you let me know and I’ll give you directions from the south terminal train station to the start point, roughly half a mile walk. We will have to leave at 10:15 latest to rendezvous with our lunch stop at The Cherry Tree Pub, Copthorne, as they are apparently very busy that day.

This is a walk in some pretty and quiet rural countryside South East of Gatwick Airport, initially heading towards Worth Way (old railway), and returning via Sussex Border Path. Varied route through woodland, Gatwick country park and open countryside, plus a few pretty village areas. Low flying aircraft coming into land make it interesting too.

If you do plan to come please could you let me know by the middle of the day on Saturday so I can phone through table numbers to the pub that evening.

The route was muddy when I walked it so I’d recommend wearing gaiters.

Distance is 10-11 miles but it’s pretty flat and easy going.
Sunday 8 April 2018Cowfold Circular

Meet 10:30 AM at Cowfold Recreation Ground Car Park, Cowfold. Grid Ref. TQ 214 225, Explorer Map 134. Either park in the car park or in the nearby side road.

Distance 9 miles.

Pub lunch at the Half Moon, Warninglid.
Sunday 22 April 2018Chichester Ship Canal

Steve D
Meet 10:30 AM at Chichester Station near level crossing south side (Grid reference SU 858 042).

Walk along Chichester ship canal, around Stockbridge, Donnington and Appledram via the Marina.

8 mile walk.

Pub lunch.
Sunday 6 May 2018Lindfield / Scaynes Hill Circular

Meet to leave at 10:30am at the tennis courts free parking car park on West View road situated on Lindfield green (southern end of the green), Lindfield.

If coming on foot without a car, you can get a train to Haywards Heath, and then it’s about a mile walk through Clair Park, down Oathall Avenue, and through the Scrase Valley Nature Reserve towards the green at Lindfield.

A circular walk proceeding along Lindfield High Street, past the old church and then following a north easterly route towards the south of Horsted Keynes, through various trails and wooded areas, with limited road walking, and stopping for lunch at The Sloop Inn pub. We then return in a south westerly direction for Lindfield.

Route is around 9 Miles.
Sunday 20 May 2018Isfield Is The Way

Steve K
Meet 10:30AM in the car park (should be free) next to Isfield Railway Station (a heritage line), where Lewes Road meets Station Road in the village of Isfield, off the A26 about 4 miles south-east of Uckfield. TQ 45200 17145.

About 8 miles. Flat walk. Includes a short 10 minute train journey at the start and the end costing £4 in total.

Picnic lunch.
Sunday 3 June 2018Glorious Goodwood

Meet (to leave) at 10:30 AM at Goodwood country park car park (postcode PO18 0QE) on selhurstpark road, near East Dean Hill. There is ample parking here. See my map for start point.

A circular walk through the country park, round the racecourse and The Trundle, then down into Lavant via the literary trail, onto Goodwood racing circuit and airfield for a stop, and back via villages and forest of Goodwood Country Park to the start point. We can stop at Goodwood or Lavant village green for lunch and can go up into the control tower cafe if we want and/or watch planes arriving and departing from the roof of the aero club building. You never know we might get a sighting of the resident ‘Boultbee’ Spitfire.

Picnic lunch. If desired, we can stop for a quick drink in one of a few nice pubs on route. Very varied route through countryside, hills, forest, the airfield and villages, with lots of sights. Breathtaking 360 degree views from the Trundle.

It’s quite a longish walk at around 13 Miles, but we will take our time and stop when anyone wants too.
Sunday 24 June 2018Ashdown Forest

Meet 10:30 AM at Kings Standing CP (Grid Ref. TQ 473 302, Nearest Post Code: TN22 3JD).

The walk will be a circular of 10-12 miles.

You can bring a picnic or have a pub lunch at the Foresters.

Dogs welcome.
Sunday 1 July 2018The Blue Ship

Meet 10:30 AM opposite the Kings Head Inn, Rudgwick (Grid Ref. TQ 091 343). Roadside parking is available 400 yards below the pub.

Distance 9.5 miles.

Pub or picnic lunch.
Sunday 15 July 2018Six Harbour Villages

Steve D
Meet 10.30AM at Bosham station (Grid ref. SU 812 054).

Fantastic circular walk around Chichester Harbour channel (about 10 miles). We visit Bosham, Fishbourne, Appledram, taking in views of the Mariner, West Itchenor for pub lunch. Then a ferry crossing (costs £2.50, with a ferry every 15 mins). then a walk back into Bosham.
Sunday 5 August 2018Arlington Reservoir Circular

Steve K
Meet 10:30AM in the car park (free) of Wilmington village near the Long Man chalk-hill figure, just south of the A27, about 3 miles west of Polegate. TQ 54344 04167.

About 11 miles. Fairly flat walk. Down to Alfriston, through Berwick and on to Arlington Reservoir for lunch, then a circular path around the reservoir back through Milton Gate to Wilmington.

Picnic lunch.
Sunday 12 August 2018Chailey-Newick Link

Meet 10:30AM at Romany Ridge Common Car Park on North Common Road, North Chailey (Grid Ref: TQ 377 207, Closest Postcode: BN8 4DY.

The approximate location is shown here on Google Maps.

Alternative car park: TQ 378 207 Pound Common Car Park (same road, opposite side, its a few mins walk to the Romany Ridge car park from Pound Common CP).

This is a circular walk, Distance: 10 miles.

We start at Romany Ridge on this new route I'm leading and head through Pound Common, and Frick Wood, joining a link path along the way towards Newick. After lunch in Newick, we make our way back on a more southerly path crossing at Chailey Church, and making our way back towards the common.

Picnic Lunch.
Sunday 9 September 2018Shoreham

Meet 10:30 AM in High St, Steyning (BN44 3RE); parking available.

This is a 12 mile circular walk around Steyning Bowl, via Lancing College and Shoreham Airport.

Lunch at the Red Lion Inn, returning to Steyning via Mill Mill.
Sunday 7 October 2018Pots and Pithoi

Meet 10:30 AM at the bottom of Station Road, Sharpthorne (Post code RH19 4PE).

Distance 9 miles.

Walk from Sharpthorne to Crawleydown, stopping at Pots and Pithoi.

Lunch there or bring packed lunch.
Sunday 21 October 2018Highweald Landscape Trail

Steve D
Meet 10:30 AM at Leechpool Car Park near Horsham (Grid Ref TQ 194 313).

8 mile walk along the Highweald Landscape trail, through St Leonards Forest, Scragged Oak Hill, Old Springfield Stud, Barnsnap, Blindmans wood, visiting The Dragon at Colgate for lunch (Argentinian Steaks, etc), return via Knights Strength and Greenbrook Hill to Leechpool woods.
Sunday 4 November 2018Ouse Valley Walk

Meet 10:30 AM at Ardingly Reservoir car park.

8 mile walk with lunch at the Half Moon pub in Balcombe. It takes in the Ouse Valley Viaduct and Balcombe estate.
Sunday 2 December 2018TBCTBC
Sunday 16 December 2018TBCTBC