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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

"Can't see the wood for the .....''

Thursday 28 February 2019 at 2.00pm
4 Miles – 2½ Hours
Meet Car Park, Abbots Wood, Caneheath, near Hailsham. TQ 557 073, BN26 6SJ.

....... commons, hunting parks and, indeed, trees. A walk examining how people have made use of an area of very poor agricultural land for the communal activities. Carpenters and foresters rub shoulders (metaphorically) with commoners herding their sheep and cattle and priors hunting their deer. Plus mud galore - it's all on clay after all. 

"The Three Cups and the Three Rivers"

Friday 22 March 2019 at 9.45am
8 miles - 6 hours

Meet The Green, Rushlake Green, near Heathfield. Parking on roads in village. TQ 627 185, TN21 9QD.
A walk around the watershed - the point at which three rivers rise within a short distance of each other, getting as close as possible to the springs which form the actual sources. This walk also takes in activities linked to these sources as people are baptised (with some "interesting" names), drink the water, give gifts to the water gods and write messages about their neighbours.

This walks forums part of the activities in the Waterweek 2019 Festival. Further details can be found at https://waterweek2019vitalwater.wordpress.com

"Can't see the barrels for the ......"

Thursday 25 April 2019 at 2.00pm 
3 1/2 Miles – 2½ Hours
Meet Crowlink Car park, Crowlink Lane, Friston (off A259 beside Friston Church). BN20 0AU, TV 550 979 

......... moon. Back in the 1700s, this area of Sussex was stage one in the "smuggling train" as gangs landed their illicit goods on an empty coast before transporting various substances inland towards Tunbridge Wells and London. Smugglers "yokels" and parsons rub shoulders (violently) with excise officers and a man in petticoats and hobnailed boots. Plus gin galore - all "Genuine Crowlink".  

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.