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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

Levels, witches and Bill's Gut

Thursday 24 May 2018 at 2pm, 5 miles - 3 Hours

Meet: Herstmonceux Church, Church Road, Herstmonceux, TQ 643 102, BN27 1QJ.

A (hopefully) dry walk across the (former) seabed to see how a combination of nature, geography and human activity has created the landscape of the Pevensey Levels and how a combination of nature, geography and human activity is still applying different pressures to this landscape. If all this sounds a bit dull, then you can keep your eyes out for broomstick-riding witches.

Tempus fugit, non autem memoria

Thursday 21 June 2018 at 2pm,  4 miles - 2 1/2 hours

Meet:  Barcombe Mills Car, Barcombe Mills Road, Barcombe Mills (How imaginative), TQ 434 147, near BN8 5BY.

If a proposal was put forward for a motorway network, travel lodge, industrial estate and leisure centre in attractive countryside, next to river, just north of a National Park, there would be uproar. Yet recent discoveries around Barcombe have shown the Romans doing exactly that. This is a walk through breaking archaeology (possible oxymoron alert) - there may even be some new twists between writing this walk and going on it.

We're on road to nowhere

Thursday 19 July 2018 at 2pm. 5 miles - 3 hours

Meet: Goat car park (at junction of Plaw Hatch, Legsheath Lane and Priory Road), 2 miles west of Wych Cross, TQ 402 326, near RH18 5JQ. 

A rather silly idea for a walk to look at vanished features in the landscape, including a huge Roman ironworks, a Doomsday hamlet, a mineral spring and (rather more thankfully) Forest Law. Afterwards we won’t be able to enjoy a pint at the Goat Inn as it's not there anymore.

No August Walk

Is that a buffer stop ahead?

Thursday 6 September 2018 at 2pm, 4 miles - 2 1/2 hours

Meet: Outside Polegate Station 3 (main/north side next to Coop), High Street, Polegate TQ 584 048, BN26 6EH
Part two of the 50th anniversary of the closure of the last part of the Cuckoo Trail. A walk along part of the track from Swinegate, a settlement created (and rapidly renamed) by the railway, whose station has occasionally moved around town, towards Hailsham as the ghostly last train slips gently (but on time) into the night.

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

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.

High Wealden Walking Festival, Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 September 2018

Information from High Weald AONB Partnership, High Weald AONB Unit, Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road, Flimwell, East Sussex, TN5 7PR.

Telephone: 01424 723011 

 Website: www.highwealdwalks.org