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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 Winter/Spring 2018

Jarvis Brook - industrial suburb?

Thursday 25 January 2018 at 1.30pm (Note Unusual Time to ensure light),  4 miles - 2½ Hours

Meet:  Crowborough Station, Farningham Road, Jarvis Brook, Crowborough. TQ 535 297, TN6 2GE.

A semi-urban walk (as befits a suburb) around Jarvis Brook. Although Crowborough developed in Victorian times as a series of rarefied villas taking in rarefied air on the hilltop, its older and grittier neighbour situated on the clay next to the water where the ore was, had already become the industrial centre of the area for gas, iron and bricks. Forge on ahead whilst the leader tries to mould your views.

How did you do that then, Aelfric?

Thursday 22 February 2018 at 2pm,  4 miles - 2 1/2 hours

Meet:  The Dene Car Park, West Street, Alfriston. TQ 521 033, BN26 5UU.

What did Alfriston have that other settlements just didn't?  A look at how Aelfric's Farm grew into the main settlement of the Cuckmere Valley and a small market town, whilst the initially bigger settlements at Frog Firle and Winton failed to develop. A walk that knocks spots off the others whilst the leader gets tyed up in it.

Two quiet hamlets?

Thursday 22 March 2018 at 2pm. 4 miles - 2 1/2 hours

Meet: Piltdown Pond, Shortbridge Road, Piltdown, Uckfield. TQ 444 223, TN22 3XJ.

Categorically not. This walk around Sharpsbridge and Shortbridge manages to cram in a missing village, two navigations, a paper mill, a ghost railway and the odd corn mill or two. And a peacock. And What's that lurking in the local gravel pit - it's the missing link. So navigate on ahead whilst the leader tries to paper over the cracks.

Is that a bridge ahead? 

Thursday 26 April 2018 at 2pm, 4 miles - 2 1/2 hours
Meet: Horam Station Platform, off Hillside Drive, Horam, TN21 0HL. TQ 578 175, public car park in Hillside Drive.
Exactly 50 years ago, Dr Beeching had left his post as boss of British Railways, but the effects of his unfortunate legacy were still being acted upon. In spring 1968 the surviving freight service from Hailsham to Heathfield was still lingering on, but on this very date events would bring it to an abrupt halt. Track on ahead whilst giving the leader a platform for his views.

No dogs please.

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

Telephone: 01323 443126 in advance

Mobile: 07985 812045 on the day

Email: Graham.Kean@wealden.gov.uk