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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 Summer 2019

"The search for Sidnore"

Thursday 24th October 2019 at 2.00pm
4 miles - 2 1/2 - 3 hours

Meet Selmeston Church, The Street, Selmeston, BN26 6UD TQ 510 069 (Parking in street).

Sid who? A walk around the parish of Selmeston looking at the Doomsday landscape and, in particular, for the settlement of Sidnore which has now vanished. Did the De Keynes family (hopefully no relation) have anything to do with its disappearance? We may not find it but we will find Mays.

 

"The search for an honest Prior"

Thursday 21 November 2019 at 2.00pm 
4 Miles – 2½-3 Hours
Meet Upper Dicker Village Shop, Coldharbour Road, Upper Dicker, BN27 3QE. TQ 553 098. (Parking in surrounding streets). 

A walk around the hunting park (yes, that's the hunting park) belonging to the Priors of Michelham. Whilst not out enjoying this asset (built by removing the village of Sessingham), the priors could be found in the courts (usually against fellow churchmen), building a gatehouse and drawbridge, paying protection money and "entertaining" one Alice Ford; whilst the unpaid monks headed for the local tavern. We may hope they found a few moments to devote to their religious activities. 

 

"The search for a medieval cow"

Thursday 19 December 2019 at 1.00pm (note early start to avoid dusk)

3 miles - 2 1/2 hours

Meet "Long" car park on A22, approximately 1 mile south of Wych Cross. RH17 7TT. TQ 429 309.

A walk around part of Ashdown Forest, looking for the site of a remote medieval cow pasture. We may not find this but there is a folly, the remains of an Edwardian water garden and a "mini Cheddar Gorge" as compensation.

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.

Email graham.kean@wealden.gov.uk