The journey so far…
Section 7 – 11.5 miles
The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Gatwick Airport railway station at the end of the hike.
This is a very accessible section and for at least 9 miles it’s an attractive country walk. The last bit is for motorway enthusiasts and plane spotters only but it does mean a quick journey home from Gatwick Airport, just over 30 minutes into Victoria, arriving back by 5 pm.
We’ll be walking in the reverse direction again, from East to West, so that we can put in a good 7.5 miles along a variety of paths, tracks and country lanes to work up an appetite for our lunch stop in the pub. Fully refreshed, we will emerge into the December air for a good stretch across the fields and onto the church and small lake of Burstow where we will drink in the last of the rural atmosphere before heading towards our destined encounter with the M23.
Photo © Copyright Richard Rogerson
As on the last hike the hills are negligible but the mud may be considerable in certain places. We’ll keep to a good Joined Up Hiking pace. As it’s our final get-together on the Sussex Border path before Christmas and it could be nippy outside it’s expected that everyone will want to order lunch in the pub.
This is a good opportunity for any first-timers to meet up with the regulars and see what the group is like.
Photo © Copyright Robin Webster
Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings
Meet Up: Arrive between 9:00 and 9:20 a.m. at Victoria Station, by the ticket office. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition. Get into groups of 4 for buying tickets if you haven't already bought one in advance. See below.
On the Day
As the journey out and back are on different lines you need to buy two separate singles:
- £11.70 anytime single from London Victoria to East Grinstead, down to £5.85 each in a group of 4.
- £13.20 off-peak single from Gatwick to London Victoria, down to £6.60 in a group of 4.
The total price is £24.90 down to £12.45 each in a group of 4.
A DaySave for £12 or an All-Network Downlander for £12.50 gives you unlimited travel for the day on these lines. So you don’t need to be in a group but you need to buy the ticket online in advance.
Alternatively for just £6 you can request to be on a Group DaySave ticket. I will have the ticket for the group of 4 already purchased.
Here are the full details of these advance purchase options.
Outward Travel: 9:36 a.m. train from Victoria platform 16 to East Grinstead platform 2, calling at Clapham Junction, East Croydon and other stations. Arrive at 10:34 a.m.
Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:35 to 10:40 a.m. at East Grinstead railway station.
Part 1: 7.5 miles. Maximum 2 hours 45 minutes
Lunch Stop: We’ll have space booked in a pub for lunch and stay an hour and a bit, leaving by 2:45 pm. You can't eat your own lunch in the pub but you can eat it outside if you really want to.
Part 2: 4 miles. Maximum 1 hour 20 minutes
End of Hike: Arrive at Gatwick Airport by 16:10.
Post-Hike Refreshment: Probably not at Gatwick. Possibly back in London if we’re not too muddy and people have the time and inclination.
Return Travel: Get the 16:23 Southern Rail Service from Gatwick Airport platform 15 to London Victoria, calling at East Croydon and Clapham Junction. Journey time 34 minutes. There are further trains every 15 – 30 minutes