Having pre walked this in tricky ground conditions it would seem reckless to attempt it when there are 2 severe weather warnings for wind and rain on Saturday following heavy rain on Thursday and Friday. Sections are also thickly wooded and haven't been checked since Storm Ciara. Apologies but this walk will now take place on Saturday 7th March instead. I will most likely be recceing a walk on Wednesday (weather permitting), if you feel you have missed out on a walk this weekend, let me…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on February 13, 2020 at 14:16 — No Comments
Please join us for a chance to escape the mud of Sussex for the gunge of Surrey! The forecast is for mild and dry weather even if the ground is wet in places! We start on good chalk tracks and will shorten the second section of the walk if ground conditions require it! 11 miles. Pub, cafe and picnic (brr) lunch possible in Bletchingley.
We meet at Brighton Station for the 9:08 train north and start from Merstham at 10:05
Please leave me a text if you are not meeting at…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on January 8, 2020 at 22:44 — No Comments
Just a reminder about this Saturday's fine walk! The weather is looking fair but more comfortable for walking than recently. This walk will explore the quieter northern escarpment of the Eastbourne Downs!
The full walk is long for a Saturday but there is a chance for people to stop at Alfriston and to finish there if preferred.
Packed lunch on the Long Man and lots of refreshment opportunities at the end if desired, including the appropriately named Old Boot Inn!
Added by Peter Hodd on August 27, 2019 at 20:53 — No Comments
All aboard the Nutbourne Express this Saturday. Train departing Brighton 9:04 ! I pre walked our route on New Years Day and there was a distinct lack of mud! Don't be put off by the distance because this walk has very gentle ascents, not too many stiles and generally good surfaces. You may wish to bring sandwiches or check out the menu at the Barley Mow Walderton before so we can pre-order any food to avoid delays at the bar!
Added by Peter Hodd on January 16, 2019 at 21:20 — No Comments
I have double checked train times for this fabulous walk and look forward to meeting you at Brighton station for the 8:58 train. Drivers get a lie in (meet us at 10:28), but no beer afterwards. Please text if you are coming by car in case the trains are delayed!
Poles and gaiters optional! Quite a lot is sandy rather than muddy! But there is a waterfall!
Surrey Hills: Holmwood to Dorking via Leith Hill and the Greensand Way
Saturday, 8 December…
Added by Peter Hodd on December 3, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments
It looks like the weather gods are smiling on us again. Sunshine on offer for a lovely downland and Sussex vale walk. Time for a brief picnic atop the South Downs with more refrshments back at basecamp in Storrington. I look forward to seeing you either to catch the bus bright and early or in by the little café in Storrington precinct.
Old Steine Bus stop D. Meet at 8:55 to catch 9:05 17 Bus to Henfield then 100 bus to Storrington. Explorer day pass £9 (arrives…
Added by Peter Hodd on November 15, 2018 at 20:01 — No Comments
SATURDAY 13.10 PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE TO THE ADVERTISED WALK- timetable changes
New walk SOLENT WAY- Langstone Harbour to the Sussex Border via Farlington Marshes NNR, Langstone Quay and Emsworth.
Don't be put off by the distance- this is a lovely FLAT walk on good paths with excellent views ( well they were today). It is a walk you can do in shorts and sandals if you are into that sort of thing.
Meeting time: 9:20- Brighton Start…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on September 25, 2018 at 21:10 — No Comments
I have already booked my accommodation for a short week's walking in the Peak District National Park this Autumn and invite any Brighton and Hove Ramblers to join me.
I am basing walks from Castleton which gives easy access by public transport to the White Peak and the Dark Peak and is a good base with a decent hostel (Losehill Hall YHA- several single and twin rooms still available!) and a variety of B+B and hotel options to suit most budgets! There are a range of pubs for eating…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on September 15, 2018 at 18:19 — No Comments
Saturday, 8 September 2018 (Group: Brighton & Hove)
Meeting time 9:20, Start time 10:30
Moderate 9 miles / 14.5 km (Estimated finish time: 14:30)
We prewalked this route last week and it has a little bit of everything- far more varied than a glance at the map would suggest- but only two small hills. There is one slightly soft/overgrown stretch but it is otherwise on good tracks and paths- you may want long socks or trousers unless you are very hardy.
Added by Peter Hodd on September 6, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments
It may not surprise walkers on Diana's excellent Ashdown forest walk last Saturday, but unfortunately, a colourfully sprained ankle so spectacularly, yet mundanely, acquired means I will be postponing the Leith Hill walk until later in the year. I intend spending the next few days with my foot up on ice watching the World Cup!
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, and thanks to the kindly Sherpas who helped me make it back to base camp on Saturday.
Saturday 16th June: Lovely and flat walk with great views without too much exertion! Please note the changes to the meeting and start times. Drivers can still join us on route by parking in Lewes and catching the 29 from Waitrose at 9:51
New Meeting time: 9:10 Old Steine Stop F for the 9:19 (29 Bus) arriving Rose Hill Halfway House 10:04
New Start time at Laughing Fish: 10:20
(Estimated finish time: 13:30)
Added by Peter Hodd on June 10, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments
Things have dried out nicely during the hot weather,so hopefully not to slippy this time. There are shady churches to sit in (briefly) though we wont stop anywhere more than about 5 minutes (except the pub at the end). Because we finish relatively early we will probably just have a picnic snack stop at Coombes or Botolphs. Hungry bunnies can get a fuller meal at the end of the walk if needed. Drivers may wish to use the 2 bus to return to their cars if left in Steyning , or park in Shoreham…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on May 8, 2018 at 21:30 — No Comments
I walked this route on Monday and the good news is spring has reached the Surrey Hills. This really is too good a walk to miss.The scenery is wonderful, much of the walk is on well drained sand or firm tracks and we even pass a pub used in filming "4 Weddings and A Funeral." Furthermore, we have a decent forecast for Saturday.
The bad news is the March downpours and the April showers have also done their work, so boots will be needed and poles may help if you like a…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on April 10, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments
The snow has gone and temperatures are forecast to be in double figures for this walk. We may need waterproofs but cafes and pubs are never far away. Meet at 8:50 at Brighton station coffee stand or at Southampton Central North Side at 10:40. Please text leader Pete H 0790 8831265 if you are coming but not meeting us at Brighton. Guide dogs only.
Added by Peter Hodd on March 7, 2018 at 15:37 — No Comments
Hi everybody, the forecast is good (at the moment), who knows, even the mud may have dried up.
This walk starts and finishes early to allow everyone to either go to the Albion Cup game (starts at 3) or to escape the bedlam in good time! Be aware that there has been some fairly crazy match-day parking at Wild Park, so you may want to consider your getaway if parking there!
In view of recent discussions, this is an assistance dog (and Humans) walk only.
Added by Peter Hodd on February 13, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments
Apologies- another change! This walk will now run as a car walk starting from Preston Park station at 9:30 to avoid replacement buses and to shorten the journey times. Thanks to all drivers offering lifts to help with car shares.
We will now start the walk at 10:30 from the layby in Bradley Lane, left off the A24, first exit at first roundabout leaving Dorking, signed "Vineyard." Grid ref TQ170509 RH4 1PF.
This walk will still call in at Polesden Lacey for tea and snacks via…Continue
Surrey Raid! Dorking, Denbies Vineyard and Polesden Lacey
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Unfortunately we need need to tweak the start time for this walk thanks to Rail Improvement buses which have added 40 minutes to our journey out and two changes.
I will attempt to lead the walk but will meet at 9am at Brighton station to catch the 9:10 replacement bus. The original start time would have arrived too late to enjoy a longish walk. In theory we…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on December 19, 2017 at 14:33 — No Comments
6 miles/9.7 km - Moderate (Finishes 14:30 approx.) Starts at 10:46: Eridge Green by Holy Trinity church bus stop on Eridge Road A26.
Leader will be coming by bus (arrives 10:51). Considerate parking may be possible in nearby side roads. (TN3 9JR, TQ558357)
Meet at 09:10: Brighton Old Steine, Bus stop F Meet at 9:10 to catch the 9:20 Brighton and Hove 29 bus . Best return fare under £7 with network day saver ticket. (BN1 1EN,…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on July 2, 2017 at 20:51 — No Comments
Meeting time 10:15, Seaford Tesco
Start time 9:30 Preston Pk Stn
Moderate 7 miles / 11.3 km (Estimated finish time: 13:00)
Seaford Head and Cuckmere River. Following in the footsteps of Sussex artist,Slater we wander onto the promenade at Seaford (Excellent Coffee) and ascend Seaford Head to Exceat Bridge via Hope Gap and “the Best view in England”. Return…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on March 12, 2017 at 20:51 — No Comments
7.5 mile walk at 10.15am. A chance to head off the beaten path to explore some surprisingly beautiful tracks and valleys around Brighton's eastern suburbs. We visit the racecourse and enjoy the views from Tenantry Down before visiting Bevendean Woods. Refreshment stop collecting a tea and a snack from Falmer farm shop. We return via a new shared path. Some steep climbs and descents. We will run the walk in the opposite direction to last autumn's misty…Continue
Added by Peter Hodd on April 17, 2016 at 21:00 — No Comments