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Into the woods near Slindon

The Argus:

6:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

1. From the National Trust information sign at the bottom of Nore Wood Lane follow the left hand trail. The track opens out with a grassy field on the left. Continue straight ahead ignoring the turning into the woods on the right. Alongside this path is a tree nursery to the left which is part of the National Trust’s regeneration scheme. This is the largest scheme of its type in the South of England with 185 acres of arable land being returned to natural woodland and wooded pasture (see National Trust website for more information – 00http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/slindon-estate/our-work/projects/).

Bourne to be wild

The Argus:

6:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

Eastbourne lies at the foot of the South Downs eastern end. John Harmer starts from the town, passing through parkland and golf courses, rising to use part of the South Downs Way, with extensive views, before returning through the delightful Old Town.

Wildlife wander from Boreham Street

The Argus:

12:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

John Harmer starts from Boreham Street to cross Waller’s Haven, which flows through Hooe Level between Bexhill and Hailsham. He visits an isolated parish church before returning on the 1066 Country Walk.

Woodland Wander

The Argus: Woodland Wander

12:00pm Monday 30th June 2014

From the Cuckoo Trail (CT) car park in Hillside Drive, cross the road at the lower end of the car park and follow the direction of the CT signs, bearing right between the houses, on the section towards Hailsham.

John Harmer strolls round the Rother Valley

The Argus: John Harmer strolls round the Rother Valley

9:30am Monday 16th June 2014

The parish of Etchingham lies in the picturesque Rother valley near the Kent border. John Harmer offers a choice of walks, with an optional visit to a house with a medieval legend:

Chailey circular

The Argus: The lake at Moat House (point 2). Photo by Bev Marks

5:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

Chailey, a few miles north of Lewes, is a parish in three parts: North Chailey, Chailey Green, where the parish church is situated, and South Chailey. On this walk, John Harmer encompasses the last two, exploring this rural landscape, which includes a 300-year-old brick-making industry

Kithurst Hill circular

The Argus: Amberley and the snaking River Arun from the South Downs

5:00am Saturday 10th May 2014

Glorious open downland walking with Eddie Start across hilltops offering long distance views, past remote farm buildings, deep into a steep-sided valley and a leg-stretching return

Brede circular

The Argus: Brede Parish Church

5:00am Saturday 3rd May 2014

On this walk in the south-eastern corner of the High Weald, from the village of Brede, John Harmer encounters St George, opposed by a lion rather than a dragon, along with some powerful giants and good views across the Brede Valley

West Hoathly to Balcombe

The Argus: Care is required on the causeway near Balcombe

5:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

On the second stage of our east-to-west traverse of West Sussex, Eddie Start begins walking from West Hoathly, crossing the watershed and heading for the famous village of Balcombe

Polegate to Hailsham

The Argus: Hailsham Common Pond at point 4

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

This is an ideal Easter walk for all the family, including those with limited mobility, and two shorter options. John Harmer uses the Cuckoo Trail between Polegate and Hailsham, and discovers some interesting facts and unusual features, with plenty of opportunities for a rest

Arundel circular

The Argus: The Hiorne Tower in Arundel Park – classy shed

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

A shorter walk with Eddie Start, from the centre of Arundel on to the riverbank, beside a millpond to a picturesque convergence of downland valleys and up to a hilltop garden shed

Crowborough circular

The Argus: Old Lodge Warren (between points 2 and 3)

6:00am Saturday 5th April 2014

John Harmer ventures into the north of the county and east of Crowborough to discover some historical and unusual items of interest on his walk through the field and woodland paths in this part of the High Weald

High Weald to Rowland's Castle

The Argus: The view across Weir Wood reservoir from Stone Farm Rocks

5:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

On the first stage of an east-to-west traverse of West Sussex, Eddie Start begins on the High Weald, to finally head for the far western border at Rowland’s Castle

Hastings circular

The Argus: The view from High Wickham

6:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

Hastings Country Park is to the east of the town, on higher ground where the High Weald meets the sea. John Harmer starts from Ore to explore the wild side of Hastings and climbs to the highest point to enjoy the extensive views

Compton circular

The Argus: Compton village, snug amongst the Western Downs

6:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

A walk on the western South Downs with Eddie Start, from the secluded village of Compton out to historical communication sites, burial mounds and stunning views

Seaford circular

The Argus: Ruined buildings at the old village of Tide Mills

6:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

This is a bracing walk along the coast at Seaford and on downland behind the town. On the way, John Harmer discovers a lost village, a Saxon and a Norman church, and a new use for a Victorian church building

Littleworth circular

The Argus: An ancient Wealden barn with plenty of history

6:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

Join Eddie Start to venture out on to the Low Weald, still recovering from a wet winter, passing an ancient barn and making a railway connection

Bexhill circular

The Argus: Bexhill Down

6:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

This walk offers the opportunity to explore some lesser-known parts of Bexhill, while avoiding the very wet underfoot conditions this winter. John Harmer starts from the suburb of Sidley (although it is convenient to start from two other points) and his trail through the twittens includes a secluded pond and the remains of an old windmill

Bolney circular

The Argus: Wykehurst Place, seen across parkland

6:00am Saturday 15th February 2014

There is High Weald rise and fall through woodland, beside rhododendron bushes and over lively streams on this walk with Eddie Start from the village of Bolney to the site of an isolated former inn

Heathfield circular

The Argus: Herrings Farmhouse at point 3

6:00am Saturday 8th February 2014

With the ground saturated from heavy rain, John Harmer keeps to higher ground in the High Weald around Heathfield. On the route he has a close encounter with the TV mast and discovers new uses for old railway property

Worthlodge Forest circular

The Argus: The Saxon church of St Nicholas at Worth

6:20am Saturday 1st February 2014

A shorter walk with Eddie Start around the High Weald forest at Worth, starting from a very ancient building in the suburbs of Crawley and heading into the forest

Winchelsea circular

The Argus: The end wall of an ancient building, near the end of the walk

6:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

The town of Winchelsea, one of the Confederation of Cinque Ports, dates from 1288 on its present site, with many buildings of interest to be seen. John Harmer starts this longer winter-warmer walk from here to Icklesham with views across the Brede Valley and Pett Level

East Lavant circular

The Argus: South Down sheep graze on their home turf

6:00am Saturday 18th January 2014

Eddie Start walks up the valley of the River Lavant with a climb on to St Roche’s Hill for long distance views across the hills and coast, followed by an easy descent back to East Lavant and a welcoming pub

Robertsbridge circular

The Argus: Tree-lined avenue towards Mountfield Court

6:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

The High Weald village of Robertsbridge grew with the coming of the railway in the middle of the 19th century. It is the starting point for this walk, in which John Harmer ventures south towards Mountfield, observing things of interest both old and new, then follows the railway back to the village

Halfway Bridge circular

The Argus: Lodsworth village nestled in Sussex woodland

6:00am Saturday 4th January 2014

Eddie Start takes a hike across a hilly and wooded part of West Sussex from Halfway Bridge, near Lodsworth, with connections to Iron Age stone workers and a hidden river that inspired a famous illustrator

Falmer circular

The Argus: Falmer village pond

6:30am Saturday 28th December 2013

This longer walk is ideal for burning off the excesses of the season. John Harmer begins in the ancient downland village of Falmer, which retains its rural charm and tranquillity despite being divided in half by a major road and its close proximity to two universities and a football stadium

Wiston circular

The Argus: Chanctonbury Ring from the Weald near Upper Chancton Farm

6:00am Saturday 21st December 2013

A shorter stroll with Eddie Start from the small community at Wiston, through quiet countryside and a return to a famous teashop

Northiam circular

The Argus: View from the plantation near Great Dixter

6:00am Saturday 14th December 2013

For this short pre-Christmas walk, John Harmer visits Northiam in the north-east of the county and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route includes part of the Sussex Border Path and Great Dixter, the former home of famous gardener Christopher Lloyd

Littlehampton circular

The Argus: Littlehampton Redoubt at the mouth of the River Arun

6:00am Saturday 7th December 2013

This week’s walk by Eddie Start includes harbour-side walking beginning in Littlehampton, then out to Climping and on to a beach and sand dune return

East Dean circular

The Argus: Beachy Head and the lighthouse

6:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

Nestled in the South Downs between Eastbourne and Seaford is the village of East Dean. John Harmer takes a walk over undulating downland and open access land to see two lighthouses, Seven Sisters and many sheep, before returning via the ancient church at Friston

Henley circular

The Argus: The view to Blackdown from the pub – enjoy your pint

6:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

From the tiny community of Henley, walk with Eddie Start to the remoteness of Telegraph Hill, on clay and greensand, beneath an extensive sylvan canopy

Bodle Street Green circular

The Argus: A view along the way

6:00am Saturday 16th November 2013

This is a more challenging walk, rather than a Sunday stroll, the rewards being the delightful countryside in this green and pleasant land. John Harmer starts from Bodle Street Green in the depths of rural East Sussex and heads westwards, with an optional visit to Cowbeech, before completing the circuit

Angmering circular

The Argus: Hidden pools on the way to Poling

6:00am Saturday 9th November 2013

Coastal plain walking with Eddie Start, on level trails, from the delightful village of Angmering to the tiny community at Poling, with a return across well-mown paths and an exclusive neighbourhood, back to our starting point

Barcombe circular

The Argus: Barn at Banks Farm near point 4, photo by Bev Marks

6:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013

The River Ouse flows through Barcombe Parish, consisting of a village and two hamlets. John Harmer begins at Barcombe Mills, the site of milling for many centuries, then goes to the original village, deserted following the Black Death. Lastly, he goes through the modern village of Barcombe Cross before returning along the Sussex Ouse Valley Way

Burgess Hill circular

The Argus: Historic, secluded Great Ote Hall is passed on the walk

6:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

From the community of World’s End in Burgess Hill, we venture out with Eddie Start on some quiet paths through an agricultural landscape, criss-crossing the county border in a couple of places, and past Holmbush Cottages

Cooden circular

The Argus: The view approaching point 5

5:00am Saturday 19th October 2013

This walk leads from Cooden’s leafy lanes with luxury houses, across Hooe Level to the site of the lost medieval village of Northeye. On the way John Harmer discovers information about a smuggling trail and passes an old manor house and grounds with some modern additions

Washington to Sullington

The Argus: The 11th-century church of St Mary at Sullington – worth a visit

6:00am Saturday 12th October 2013

From Washington village to Sullington, up the rising scarp slope onto the South Downs, this shorter walk with Eddie Start takes us from sheltered bridleways to wide views along the coast and across the Weald

Burwash circular

The Argus: Bateman’s mill house and pond

9:00am Monday 7th October 2013

On his first anniversary as a walks contributor to The Argus, John Harmer returns to Burwash, the village of his birth. The route, with optional extras, passes through the Dudwell Valley close to Rudyard Kipling’s former home, on through glorious countryside and finally returning to the village to discover things of historical interest

Charlton circular

The Argus: Follow the sign towards Singleton

11:00am Monday 30th September 2013

From Charlton in the Lavant valley, we walk with Eddie Start on to the wooded Western Downs to the site of an assignation that had bloody consequences, then on to a Wealden panorama and a traverse of the glorious Levin Down

Chiddingly figure-of-eight

The Argus: Wood sculptures in the Millennium Garden

9:00am Monday 23rd September 2013

In the Low Weald, well away from towns and traffic, lies the rural parish of Chiddingly, which consists of the village surrounded by a numbers of hamlets. John Harmer starts this figure-of-eight walk in the heart of the village, where two long-distance routes meet, to offer two short walks with the possibility of a pub or picnic lunch in between

Capel to Box Hill

The Argus: The view from Box Hill to the South Downs

10:00am Monday 16th September 2013

The final stage of Eddie Start’s 40-mile south to north challenge from the coast to the North Downs takes us from the delightful village of Capel to the heights of Box Hill, with stunning views across The Weald to the South Downs

Guestling/Pett circular

The Argus: House near point 3

11:00am Monday 9th September 2013

Just a few miles north-east of the coastal town of Hastings are the rural parishes of Guestling and Pett. John Harmer takes a walk through this lesser visited south-eastern part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to find some points of interest, both large and small

Durleighmarsh circular

The Argus: Near Durleighmarsh, in the shadow of the South Downs

9:00am Monday 2nd September 2013

The area of Durleighmarsh and West Harting is in the far west of Sussex and on this walk with Eddie Start we explore the paths, lanes and shaws in the shadow of the Western Downs

Ticehurst circular

The Argus: View across Bewl Water, photo by Sarah Harmer

11:00am Monday 26th August 2013

The village of Ticehurst in the north of East Sussex is the starting point on John Harmer’s walk to take in extensive views of Bewl Water, the largest reservoir in southern England, and the Nature Reserve. There are also buildings of interest to be seen, including the ancient Parish Church

Horsham to Capel

The Argus: Capel churchyard is home to a 1,700-year-old yew tree

11:00am Monday 19th August 2013

The fifth stage of Eddie Start’s summer hike from the coast and across the Weald heads north on a more challenging outing, crossing the border from Horsham to Capel in Surrey

Firle circular

The Argus: The tower in Firle Park

11:00am Monday 12th August 2013

At the foot of the South Downs northern escarpment, and within the new National Park, nestles the historic village of Firle. John Harmer takes a walk which encircles the village, climbs to the well-known landmark Beacon and passes through the Firle Place estate. Finally, a visit to the ancient parish church reveals a strange tree in the churchyard

Westergate circular

The Argus: The granary at Manor Farm, Eastergate

11:00am Monday 5th August 2013

Coastal plain walking with Eddie Start across the fertile county of West Sussex, from Westergate to Barnham Court, with ancient farms, a remnant of the former canal boom and a reminder that whatever you put in the bin or down the drain, it is always there, somewhere...

Westham circular

The Argus: Pevensey Castle at point 5

10:00am Monday 29th July 2013

Westham, to the north-east of Eastbourne, is the starting point for this walk by John Harmer to circumnavigate an area known as Hankham Level. On the way, he points out features stretching back to Roman times and discovers some modern additions to the countryside

Cowfold to Horsham

The Argus: The Black Horse Inn at Nuthurst – the perfect wayfarers’ pub

10:00am Monday 22nd July 2013

Ever northwards with Eddie Start on our linear south to north traverse of West Sussex, now heading from Cowfold on to the lower slopes of the High Weald, towards the historic market town of Horsham

Rotherfield circular

The Argus: Thatched cottages between points 2 and 3

11:00am Monday 15th July 2013

Set in the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the historic village of Rotherfield. A modern addition is the Millennium Green with its Nature Trail which is the starting point for this walk with John Harmer, heading north through woodland and returning to the village to visit the ancient parish church

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