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Guided Walks

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If you are interested in walking as part of a group or would like to learn about the local area during your walk then you may be interested in going on a guided walk.

Guided walks take place throughout the year and every walk has its own theme and is lead by an experienced walker who will not only lead the walk but will also give you interesting information about what you may see on your walk.

Guided walks are held across the whole of East Sussex and are organised by a variety of local walking and community groups, the different Councils and also several volunteers who give up own time to lead walks.

We are very pleased to support this programme and Wealden Officer Graham Kean will be leading the  walks. Our guided walks are free of charge and open to all, simply turn up and meet Graham at the start time to join the walk. No dogs please.

Wealden Walks Autumn 2018

"Bricks, Iron and Cheese"

Thursday 25 October 2018 at 2.00pm
4 Miles – 2½ Hours
Meet Chiddingly Car Park, adjacent to Chiddingly Church, The Street, Chiddingly TQ 554143, BN8 6HE.

The Wealden landscape provided clay for fashionable Elizabethan brick houses for great magnates, iron ore for the cannon to defeat England’s enemies and cheese for……….well walking to church on. I hope to replicate the walking bit at least, even though we may not find the secret passage. If you want some cheese, I can get some with ease.


"Castles, Manors and the Priory House"

Thursday 15 November 2018 at 2.00pm
4 Miles – 2½ Hours
Meet Hartfield Church, Church Street, Hartfield TQ 479357, TN7 4AG

A walk between two very different “fortifications” marking the arrival, establishment and eventual departure of the Sackville family in/from the Medway Valley. This will feature the only castle Wealden District Council owns (it’s not exactly Windsor or Bodiam) and, vegetation allowing, a glimpse of Bailies Backside. It’s never too late to purchase an estate.

"Porpoises, Vice-Admirals and Hogsheads"

Thursday 13 December 2018 at 2.00pm
4 Miles – 2½ Hours
Meet South (sea) side Car Park, Seven Sisters Country Park, A259, Exceat near Seaford. TV 518995, BN25 4AB

So the winter nights are drawing in and the seas are growing stormy – time for some wreck of the sea. If ever there was an area where the spirit of the law and the operation of the law are not quite one and the same then the foreshore is it – once the wine barrels start rolling in its every person for themselves. If you want some flotsam, then I’ve got some and if you want some jetsam, I can probably get some.

No Dogs Please

Walks led by Graham Kean, Wealden District Council, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX.

Telephone 01323 443126 in advance, 07985 812045 on the day.

E-mail graham.kean@wealden.gov.uk

Other Forthcoming Walking Events

Happily, two East Sussex walking festivals following on from each other have been notified to the Council and details  are below.

The first is the return of the former Wealden Walking Festival, now being operated by the Ramblers Association and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit. I am taking part in this, but please note my own and other walks for this event must be booked via the Festival organisers.