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.
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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.
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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