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Weekend Away: Day 1 - Wadhurst to Hawkhurst

  • Jun 15, 2013 · 8:45 AM
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This hike is the first in a group of three events in the Sussex Border Path programme scheduled for the weekend of June 15th – 16th.

There are no places left for attending the whole weekend. But you can do this one day hike as far as The Eight Bells Pub, The Moor, Hawkhurst, and make your own arrangements to get home from there. It is not on any railway line. See the comments below from the hikers who are doing this.

The journey so far


Section 10 – 16 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at The Eight Bells, The Moor, Hawkhurst at the end of the hike.

Please read the Three Golden Rules of Joined Up Hiking.

Are you OK with those? All right, then you may continue...

This is a great day’s walk on one of the furthest-flung sections of the Sussex Border Path. We negotiate the rolling hills of the High Weald in the morning and afternoon, either side of a long and very pleasant lakeside stretch following the ins and outs of Bewl Water in the middle of the day. Somewhere along here we will stop for a picnic lunch. We won’t stop in any pub until the end of the hike at 5:30 - 6:00 pm, by which time we will be sorely in need of refreshment.










Photo © Copyright Nigel Chadwick

You must bring a packed lunch.

In addition, if you are coming for the whole weekend you will need to carry with you everything you need for both days including the overnight stay. Make sure that you plan well in advance what you are going to bring and have the right-sized rucksack. If you've only been out with a day-pack before then test what it feels like to walk with this slightly heavier load. There’s not a huge amount more that you need to carry. See the recommended items to pack for the overnight stay.

There is a £1 charge payable to the organizer on the day.










Photo © Copyright Oast House Archive

Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. at Charing Cross Station, by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets.

Buy Ticket: Off-peak single to Wadhurst. £19.50 for one adult down to £9.75 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:15 a.m. train from Charing Cross platform 6 to Wadhurst, arriving at 10:20.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:20 to 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Wadhurst railway station. We will be on our way at 10:30 prompt.

The Full Hike: 16 miles. 7 hours including a stop for lunch.

You must bring a packed lunch and sufficient water for the day.







End of Hike: We will get to a small hamlet called The Moor, close to Hawkhurst at about 5:30 pm.

Post-Hike Refreshment: The Eight Bells pub, The Moor.

Overnight Accommodation: Just over a mile away if you are staying with the main group. This is the second event.

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  • Alcina

    Wonderful day despite the nature wind tantrum! Thank you, Christopher.

    June 15, 2013

  • Patricia

    Can u get me a ticket pls

    June 15, 2013

  • Patricia

    I'm coming, for some reason I'm at Blackfriars, not funny!!

    June 15, 2013

  • iain

    Can no longer attend

    June 12, 2013

  • Marie-Laure

    Hello, I'm planning to come back to London on Saturday evening. Anybody interested in sharing a group save train ticket and the cab back to Wadhurst? 2 people can join. Please contact me.

    June 3, 2013

    • Hannah A.

      Hi Marie-Laure, I'd love to join you for return train ticket and cab if you still have spare places??

      June 12, 2013

    • Marie-Laure

      Hello, yes you can still join our group = full now! thanks

      June 12, 2013

  • sally t.

    Hi Chris - change of plans for this weekend. Hope you have some great walking.

    June 11, 2013

  • Janet

    Apols I can no longer come for this.

    June 7, 2013

  • Lily

    Oh no, RSVP closed! Can I please be added to the wait list Christopher, pretty please? Just for the day only. I will arrange my own way there and back - driving probably.

    May 29, 2013

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