The Sussex Border Path Section 4 - Liphook to Witley

  • October 7, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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The end time given for this event is just a rough approximation so that the ratings request asking "How was it?" goes out after the end of the walk rather than half-way through it.


The Sussex Border Path

The Sussex Border Path sticks pretty close to the border between Sussex and neighbouring counties for the whole of its 145 miles or so. Apart from a close encounter with Gatwick airport at its most northerly point, which we aim to get to by the end of this year, it’s an almost entirely green and pleasant journey, yet each section has its own unique characteristics.

Section 4 – 17.5 miles

We’ve already come a long way in the previous sections, as we now leave the Hampshire border behind and take on the hills to the south of Haslemere in Surrey.

This is the tenth hike overall since the group started and the most challenging so far, pretty much at the limit of what can be done in a day at this time of year. We need to make an early start and cover 15.5 miles before getting to a pub for a rest. Then it’s a final two miles to the station for the train back.

We will do our usual medium fast pace for the whole day with a fair amount of up and down. There are also a lot of twists and turns through the forest, so we need to keep our wits about us and stick together. As the time schedule is tight anyone not quite up to it will be left behind and have to find their own way back towards Haslemere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Copyright Dara daras-sbp.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

There’s a pioneering flavour to the day as we spend hours out in the wilderness of heaths, commons and woodlands before eventually leaving the Sussex Border Path and heading for civilisation. If you’re sure you’ve got the stamina to keep up it’s a hike not to be missed.

We have our lunch at a good viewing point half a mile off the path. You must bring a packed lunch and sufficient other nutrition and water to last you the whole day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Copyright Dave Spicer http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1678253

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


Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: Arrive between 8:20 and 8:45 a.m. at Waterloo 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 Return to Liphook. The price is £20.40 for 1 adult, down to £10.20 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:00 a.m. train from Waterloo platform 14 to Liphook platform 2. Arrive at 10:25

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:25 to 10:30 a.m. at Liphook Station.

Part 1: 7.8 miles. 3 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Stop: 30-40 minutes. The slight detour off the path to get to the picnic spot is worth it for the great view in good conditions and a bit of shelter if needed.

Part 2: 7.6 miles. 3 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late Afternoon Stop: A pub stop for 30-40 minutes.

Part 3: 2.1 miles. Maximum 50 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Hike: Arrive at Witley Station by 18:40, shortly before darkness sets in.

Post-Hike Refreshment: Not applicable this time, as we’ll have had our pub stop near the end of the walk.

Return Travel: 18.48 from Witley Station platform 1 to Waterloo. Journey time 56 minutes. Arrive at 19.44

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  • Matthew S.

    A great walk with lots of lovely mud.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful hike and a good lesson for me in wearing the right footwear - this time I wore proper walking boots and socks and even on Monday AM my feet and legs were absolutely fine, like I'd never done the walk. Also great photos - thanks to Heather and Vaij!

    October 15, 2012

  • Christopher

    Those are two great sets of photos uploaded. Terrific - thanks! And some more to come I think.

    October 13, 2012

  • Heather

    October 13, 2012

  • Judy

    Does nobody have any photos of this walk or did they get deleted?!!

    October 11, 2012

    • Vaij

      Hi I have few, but haven't had time to upload it yet. Hope to do it today evening.

      October 11, 2012

    • Heather

      i have some as well but my week has been so busy...

      October 11, 2012

  • Ben

    Challenging and enjoyable. Thanks Christopher for organising.

    October 9, 2012

  • Heather

    Great!

    October 8, 2012

  • Alison

    Great walk, weather and group. Thanks Chris and all

    October 8, 2012

  • Christopher

    Eighteen miles and I wouldn't have missed a yard of it. Great weather, scenery and company.

    October 8, 2012

  • Judy

    It was a really good walk with lots of sunshine a lots of really gooey mud :)) thank you Christopher for organising.

    October 7, 2012

  • Patricia

    Had a great time. A bit challenging the 17 miles, but we made it. Thanks Christopher for organizing it

    October 7, 2012

  • Sanjiv

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    October 7, 2012

  • Christopher

    The train is running slow -we could be about 15 mins late.

    October 7, 2012

  • Ben

    Is anyone starting their journey from clapham junction station to meet up and purchase tickets? The 9am from Waterloo goes through clapham junction at 9.09 so would avoid having to 'double back' to Waterloo. Cheers

    October 6, 2012

    • Ben

      Group save for 4 is best as everyone saves 50% on the ticket cost. Group save for 3 is still a good deal though as it would save us 33% each.

      October 6, 2012

    • Ben

      Heather I will get the train from Clapham Junction and will aim to be at the main ticket office at 8.50 to sort out tickets. My number is[masked]

      October 6, 2012

  • Francesc

    Hey. Will join you in Waterloo.. I want to have my boots in my feet now. See you tomorrow !!

    October 6, 2012

  • cinzia

    ..............coz i walked last Sunday my Shine Marathon ....I can t come this sunday :( :( : ( .....so a big hug , see you next month , on sunday .....x

    October 6, 2012

  • Sarah

    Hi, yes see you all at Liphook!

    October 6, 2012

  • Judy

    I'll meet you at Liphook too. See you tomorrow.

    October 6, 2012

  • George O.

    Hey can i meet you guys at Liphook? Does anyone have a mobile? Or please text me on[masked] or [masked] thanks!

    October 6, 2012

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