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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

High Salvington circular

The Argus: Perfectly proportioned 18th century Findon Place at point 4 of the walk

11:00am Monday 8th July 2013

High Salvington, north of Worthing, is where the South Downs begin their rise to lofty eminence. On this shorter circular walk with Eddie Start, we get to a highpoint above Findon and thread our way back to Salvington Mill

Bodiam circular

The Argus: Triple oast house between points 1 and 2

9:30am Monday 1st July 2013

In the north-east of the county, bordering Kent, there is a village which boasts a moated castle and a preserved light railway. John Harmer takes a walk around Bodiam, including a section of the Sussex Border Path, with the offer of shorter options, to view these and other features of a bygone era

Henfield to Cowfold

The Argus: The isolated Wealden cottage at Mockford – a turning point on the walk

10:30am Monday 24th June 2013

The next stage of Eddie Start’s south to north linear traverse of West Sussex takes us from the bustling village of Henfield to the community of Cowfold, a busy and historical village at a major crossing point on the Weald

Shortgate circular

The Argus: A shady woodland path

9:30am Monday 17th June 2013

There are many interesting secrets to be found in the Sussex countryside. John Harmer discovers some of these on this walk around Shortgate, near Ringmer. There are two optional visits, just off route, to see vintage motor cars, wildfowl and rescued animals. Shady woodland and sweeping views of the South Downs are also to be enjoyed

Thorney Island circular

The Argus: View across the Emsworth Channel from the causeway path

10:00am Monday 10th June 2013

Thorney Island is the peninsula at the far west of Sussex and on this walk with Eddie Start we circumnavigate the island with its drainage channels, military establishment, far-reaching sea views and the ancient community of West Thorney

Punnetts Town circular

The Argus: The view between points 2 and 3

9:20am Monday 3rd June 2013

John Harmer begins his walk in Punnetts Town, going through delightful countryside with good views. Near the end is an optional visit to a rather sad-looking windmill; although restored some time ago, it is currently missing two sweeps and a fantail

Devil's Dyke to Henfield

The Argus: Deep bostal paths on the Fulking escarpment

9:00am Monday 27th May 2013

Out into the Wild Wood with Eddie Start on our south to north linear traverse of West Sussex, down bostal paths, bridleways and footpaths that lead to the Wealden village of Henfield

Hailsham circular

The Argus: Wood carvings along the Cuckoo Trail

11:00am Monday 20th May 2013

This week John Harmer uses parts of two long-distant routes which have featured in his previous walks. The route starts in Hailsham, going around a new housing development, then via the Wealdway to Upper Horsebridge, and a moated manor house to Hellingly. The return route is via the Cuckoo Trail, which offers a shorter option for those with limited mobility

Madehurst circular

The Argus: Wide tracks in the wooded Downs near Madehurst

11:30am Monday 13th May 2013

A circular walk with Eddie Start from Whiteways picnic site near Arundel, through tree-topped hills, along quiet bridleways and paths to glorious downland meadows and the quiet village of Madehurst

Mayfield circular

The Argus: Glebe Farm, near point 2

11:00am Monday 6th May 2013

The village of Mayfield is in the High Weald and has excellent views. John Harmer uses parts of the Mayfield Circular Walk (look for the small circular metal discs on posts) with other paths to discover an ancient custom and a source of power in bygone centuries



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