Further to my tribute to Ben, here's a link to some of his walks featured in the Argus. What better way of remembering him than enjoying his walks!
Added by Mike Bates on June 10, 2020 at 15:40 — No Comments
It is with great sadness that I report the death of Ben Perkins on 6 June, at the age of 86. Sussex has lost arguably its foremost ambassador for walking and rambling in the county. To most local ramblers, Ben was simply “Mr Sussex Walker”.
His love of walking and the Sussex countryside had been with him since childhood. It followed him throughout his working years as a family GP in Patcham, and culminated in even more intensity after his retirement in 1996. Over his lifetime…
Added by Mike Bates on June 10, 2020 at 10:12 — No Comments
Good news: the BAHR annual barbecue has been re-scheduled for Saturday 3 August. It will begin with a walk from Mick T's field at 2.30pm, with the BBQ to follow from 4.30 onwards, and rounded off with a sing-along around the camp fire. Bring your instruments, including your voices. BBQ facilities will be provided; just bring your food and drinks. Tea will be available. This event coincides with the Pride activities, so plan your travel well in advance. There's plenty of parking space at…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on July 7, 2019 at 18:39 — No Comments
I've just added nine photos of our recent trip to Selworthy, North Somerset.
Added by Mike Bates on June 30, 2019 at 10:35 — No Comments
Owing to Mick T's indisposition, and logistical problems about access to the field, I'm sorry to say that the BBQ planned for 6 July has been POSTPONED. We will try and rearrange for a date later in the summer. Watch this space. I plan to put on an alternative walk on 6 July. Please check the programme nearer the time for details. Mike
Added by Mike Bates on June 23, 2019 at 10:19 — No Comments
This year's Group Barbecue will be held on Saturday 6 July from 4.30pm onwards. As usual, the venue is Mick Thatcher's field in Spatham Lane, Ditchling. There will be a walk, starting at the field, at 2.30. Further details to follow, but please note that the Hoey Ukelele Combo is once again Top of the Bill. I bet you can't wait! Mike
Added by Mike Bates on May 20, 2019 at 15:16 — No Comments
I've just added five photos taken by Janice in and around Church Stretton on our recent group visit there.
As my original route duplicated too much of Graham's recent walk, I've redesigned it, but starting at the same location. The new route (which is already on the on-line programme) will take us through Friston Forest to Exceat, and then back along the SDW over five of the Seven Sisters. It's a moderately strenuous walk, with lots of hills, but with wonderful views of the Cuckmere Valley. Walking poles are recommended. Hope to see you there. Mike
Added by Mike Bates on November 30, 2018 at 16:05 — No Comments
Having received a special deal from HF Holidays for a short walking break at their hotel in Church Stretton, I have reserved rooms there for the three nights beginning 29 March 2019. The basic cost is £165 for full board, plus extras for 'better' (£7.50 per night) or 'best' rooms (£10). All rooms have en-suite facilities. Several BAHR members have already indicated their interest, so we already have a quorum. But there are a few rooms still available. Please let me know asap if you are…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on November 9, 2018 at 15:46 — No Comments
Following the recent enjoyable trip to The Isle of Wight, I have booked rooms for up to 25 people at the HF hotel at Selworthy, North Somerset for the nights of 15,16, and 17 June 2019. Set among 12,500 acres of a NT estate in the Exmoor National Park, Holnicote House has a heated outdoor pool and all the usual HF amenities. I envisage two walks of 8-10 miles on the two full days and two shorter walks on the days of arrival and departure.
The package costs £265 pp on a full board…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on June 2, 2018 at 19:07 — No Comments
As Geoff James has 'retired' from organising the long weekends away, I have made provisional reservations for up to 25 places (9 single rooms and 8 doubles/twin) at Freshwater Bay House, an HF Holidays hotel on the Isle of Wight for the three nights of Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 May. The package costs £249 per person, which includes full board and self-guided walks. There is a supplement of £10 per person for non-HF members, plus £10pp per night for premium rooms and £5pp per night for a…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on January 15, 2018 at 17:04 — No Comments
I pre-walked this walk today. Very muddy and squelchy, but if you like the sound of rushing streams, rustic charm, some beautiful Wealden views in an area less visited and a lovely pub for lunch, then you'll enjoy this walk. Only five stiles and no hills - just a few gentle inclines. Walking poles strongly recommended. Hope to see you there. Mike
We have a special walk in Woodingdean this Saturday (30 November) when Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the new MP for Kemptown, will be our guest. Start time is 10.15 at the corner of Falmer Road and Bexhill Road (or 9.30 at Preston Park station). Come and join us for a beautiful five mile Downland walk and a chance to chat with our newest local MP. More details in the walks programme.
Added by Mike Bates on September 26, 2017 at 15:22 — No Comments
This year's BAHR Christmas Lunch will take place on Thursday 14 December, starting with drinks at 12.30, at the Jury's Inn, Brighton seafront. Cost £20 per head for a three course buffet, with lots of choices, plus tea/coffee and mince pies, and inclusive of tip. Please book your place as soon as possible with Anthony on 07854 744462 or email@example.com
As usual, the lunch will be preceded by a walk. Details to follow on…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on September 24, 2017 at 18:40 — No Comments
Don’t forget the 2017 BAHR summer barbecue. Come along and join us on Saturday 1 July between 4.30 and 9.00pm for a relaxing get-together by the camp fire. Please bring your picnic gear, and your food and drink. We will provide the barbecues up to 8.00pm. Hot drinks will be available.
Where? Mick Thatcher’s field in Spatham Lane, Ditchling. To reach there, turn right at the cross roads in Ditchling village on…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on June 24, 2017 at 20:56 — No Comments
We have arranged a First Aid course for BAHR members with the Sussex First Aid Centre on Saturday 24 June from 9.30am - 4.00pm. To be held at The Ladies Mile pub in Patcham. Certificates will be awarded. 12 places will cost £15 per head, with the balance subsidised by Ramblers.
Applications to me as soon as possible firstname.lastname@example.org. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, though priority will be given to…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on April 24, 2017 at 12:31 — No Comments
Still trying to work off evidence of the Christmas excesses? Then join me for a 9.5 mile walk through some beautiful West Sussex scenery this Saturday. I've decided to reverse the route, but you'll still get your dose of woodland and downland scenery. Full details in the Walks Programme.
Added by Mike Bates on January 4, 2017 at 15:21 — No Comments
In view of the forecast of heavy rain for most of tomorrow (Saturday) and the distance etc, I have reluctantly decided to POSTPONE this walk. Apologies to anyone who was looking forward to a real soaking. The walk has been re-scheduled for Saturday 7 January. Mike
Added by Mike Bates on November 11, 2016 at 17:31 — No Comments
The BAHR Christmas lunch will be held this year on Thursday 15 December at 12.30 at Jurys Inn on Brighton seafront. It will be preceded by a walk starting at the venue at 10.00am. The lunch will comprise three courses, including the usual Christmas fare and vegetarian options, served buffet style, plus mince pies and coffee/tea for a bargain price of £16 per head. Anthony Hall is ready to receive your bookings now with cash or cheque on 01273 500871 or …Continue
Added by Mike Bates on September 14, 2016 at 12:24 — No Comments
Due to the wet conditions in Mick's field, Saturday's barbecue has been CANCELLED. Apologies to all those members who were planning to come along. The four mile walk will still take place, including a visit to Ditchling Fair, starting at 3.00pm. The location for the start has been switched to the car park at the foot of Ditchling Beacon in Underhill Lane (OS ref:…Continue
Added by Mike Bates on June 17, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments