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Sample pages from Sussex Walks by Deirdre Huston. Sussex Walks is a collection of 20 circular walks, between 3.5 and 12 miles in length that explore the length and breadth of the county of Sussex. Each route contains snippets of information on the local area. Learn about the wildlife, the history and the people of the countryside you’re travelling through. This sample contains a free route in the Ashdown Forest. Further information can be found here: http://www.v-publishing.co.uk/books/hill-walking-guidebooks/sussex-walks.html

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  • Sussex Walks is a collection of 20 circular walks, between 3.5 and 12 miles (5 and 19km) in length that explore the length and breadth of the county of Sussex.

    Wander through the countys varied and interesting landscapes; across open downland, through broadleaf forest and along evolving coastline. The routes are split into two areas the South Downs and the Weald and include walks in Ashdown Forest, around Cissbury Ring, over Ditchling Beacon, to Pooh Bridge and along the coast near West Wittering.

    Each route contains snippets of information on the local area. Learn about the wildlife, the history and the people of the countryside which youre travelling through. Every walk also includes creative starting points ideas to encourage you to reflect and respond to the landscape.

    Researched and written by local author and photographer Deirdre Huston, the walks feature: Clear and easy-to-use Ordnance survey 1:25,000 maps Easy-to-follow directions Information on local history, wildlife, refreshments

    and terrain

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    20 walks exploring the Weald and the South Downs

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  • Written by Deirdre Huston

    Sussex Walks

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    Contents

    Every effort has been made to achieve accuracy of the information in this guidebook. The authors, publishers and copyright owners can take no responsibility for: loss or injury (including fatal) to persons; loss or damage to property or equipment; trespass, irresponsible behaviour or any other mishap that may be suffered as a result of following the route descriptions or advice offered in this guidebook. The inclusion of a track or path as part of a route, or otherwise recommended, in this guidebook does not guarantee that the track or path will remain a Right of Way. If conflict with landowners arises we advise that you act politely and leave by the shortest route available. If the matter needs to be taken further then please take it up with the relevant authority.

    Copyright 2013 Vertebrate Graphics Ltd and Deirdre HustonPublished by Vertebrate Publishing

    All rights reserved. No part of this work covered by the copyright hereon may

    be reproduced or used in any form or by any means graphic, electronic, or

    mechanised, including photocopying, recording, taping, or information storage

    and retrieval systems without the written permission of the publisher.

    ISBN 978-1-906148-68-3

    Front cover photo: Chalk path near Wilmington, Route 11. Back cover photos: Top left: East Head Shingle Spit, Route 20. Top right: Broadstone Heath, Route 1. Bottom left: Pair of common blue butterflies Photo: Kieron Huston.

    Photography by Deirdre Huston, unless otherwise credited.

    All maps reproduced by permission of Ordnance Survey

    on behalf of The Controller of Her Majestys Stationery Office.

    Crown Copyright. 100025218

    Design and production by Jane Beagley.

    www.v-graphics.co.uk

  • Contents

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    Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viiIntroduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viiiHow to Use the Creative Starting Points . . xHow to Use this Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiiNavigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiiiSafety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xivThe Countryside Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . xvMaps, Descriptions, Distances . . . . . . xixArea Map and Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxii

    The Weald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xxivHigh Weald and Ashdown Forest . . . 21 Heathland Views and . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    Woodland Wonders 5.6km /3.5 miles

    2 A Rare Heathland Ramble . . . . . . . . 8 6.4km /4 miles

    3 Meadows and Steam Trains . . . . . . 12 10.4km /6.4 miles

    4 Pooh Bridge, Hartfield . . . . . . . . . . . 18 and the Weald 10.6km /6.6 miles

    Low Weald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245 A Cuckfield Stroll 6.1km /3.8 miles . . 26

    6 An Easy Loop through . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Agricultural Sussex 6.9km /4.25 miles 12.2km /7.5 miles

    7 Explore Loxwood Canal . . . . . . . . . 38 8.5km /5.3 miles

    8 Looping Around Time and Science . . 42 7.5km /4.6 miles

    9 Between Downs and River: . . . . . . 48 Burton Pond 11km /6.8 miles

    South Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56South Downs East of Brighton . . . 5810 Inspirational Firle and Charleston . . 60

    6.5km /4 miles

    11 Mysterious Guardian of the Downs . . 66 11km /6.8 miles

    12 Coast, Wilderness and Forest . . . . 72 19km /12 miles

    South Downs Central . . . . . . . . . . . 8213 Wolstonbury: A Significant Hill . . . 84

    5.3km /3.3 miles

    14 Tottington: Downland, Farmland . . 90 and Woods 9km /5.6 miles

    15 Windmills, Wildlife, Flint . . . . . . . . . 96 and Farming 9.9km /6.2 miles

    16 Downland Doddle with a . . . . . . . . 102 Choice of Pubs 11km /6.8 miles

    South Downs West of Brighton . . 10817 A Walk through Green and . . . . . . 110

    Pleasant Lands 9.5km /6 miles

    18 A Downland Meander to . . . . . . . . 116 Cissbury Ring 10.8km /6.75 miles

    19 A Walk Through Time and . . . . . . 122 Traditions 13.5km /8.4 miles

    20 The Tidal Creek and . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 West Wittering 4.5km /2.8 miles or 2.6km /1.6 miles

    About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

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    Ashdown Forest

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    One of the most enjoyable aspects of researching this guidebook was exploring new terrain with friends and family an excuse for more brilliant days out walking in good company.

    Many thanks to Bev Angel, Olive and

    Robin Huston, Pat and Bob Rayland,

    and my ever-loving mainstays, Ian, Sean,

    Tegan and Rory who know only too well

    that each book represents a whole new

    journey.

    I would like to offer sincere thanks to

    my efficient and diverse group of route-

    testers who not only helped make the

    book more accurate but gently reminded

    me of the varied elements which they

    value such as history, good pubs, lit-

    erary links, particular landscapes, envir-

    onmental information and great views.

    A special mention must go to Gsta

    Luthman, who tested a wide variety of

    walks in all sorts of conditions, providing

    detailed yet encouraging feedback. I am

    hoping that in return he has developed

    a love of walking!

    Other route-testers include Susanne

    Waldschmidt, who has completed all 18

    National Trails in the UK. She is an

    active member of Long Distance Walkers

    Association. Writing pal, Alan Woodruff

    provided a great sounding board for ideas

    and tested several walks with his friend,

    Tony Donovan. Old friend, Carol Turner,

    helped out too in the Ashdown Forest.

    Thanks also to Mandy and Stuart Dale

    who took time on their day off together

    to help out and who also tested a route

    with their children, Dominique and Matt.

    All your feedback was invaluable and

    much appreciated.

    Thanks to you all for becoming involved

    in the project and stepping forward

    when needed.

    Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgements

  • Walking is a simple pleasure which offers many rewards.

    This guidebook aims to help you enjoy walking on several

    levels. This is more than a country walks book.

    Firstly, the nitty-gritty. This guidebook offers 20 walks

    through varied and interesting landscapes such as open

    downland, valuable chalk grassland and canal and river

    wetlands; across rare chalk heath and heather and gorse-

    clad heathland, through broadleaf and coniferous forest and

    along evolving coastline and eroding chalk cliffs. Explore

    the South Downs National Park, meander through the

    agricultural Low and High Weald and amble along ridge

    tops in the Ashdown Forest. My aim is that even novice

    walkers heading off alone can feel confident about setting

    out to explore pastures new. Trails have been tested by

    a dedicated group of walkers, ranging from beginners to

    the very experienced, from families to fanatics. Most of the

    walks are between three and seven miles with a couple of

    longer ones for those who want more.

    Routes often include characterful country pubs; the

    kinds of places which might stock local food or cook simple

    fare freshly. In short, the type of pub wed be happy to

    discover ourselves. Stop for a picnic and the walk will cost

    you little more than the energy it takes to step forward. In

    return, a walk outdoors keeps you healthy, recharges your

    batteries physically and mentally, offering the chance to

    laugh, relax and enjoy the world around us.

    Take a moment here or there to pause and enjoy where

    you are. Hear the astonishing song of a sky