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The Sussex Border Path Section 8 - East Grinstead to Ashurst

  • Feb 17, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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After about 90 miles closely following the Sussex border with Hampshire and then with Surrey, plus some long links to the railway stations, we leave Surrey behind in the first part of this hike and start on the border with Kent. This runs for about 60 miles to the end of the complete route at Rye. There will be three more sections to go after this one.

The journey so far

 

Section 8 – 13 miles

The end time given for this event is the approximate time of arrival at Ashurst railway station 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...

We head North-East out of East Grinstead into a partially wooded and increasingly hilly terrain, on a long and at times arduous stretch before lunch of 8 miles. We’ll be out on the path for more than three hours, arriving at a pub for a very late and extremely well-earned lunch soon after 2 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © Copyright Nigel Chadwick

There we will have at least an hour and a half to eat, drink and recuperate before setting off again on a much flatter stretch of 5 miles, following the course of a stream called Kent Water that takes us to the village of Ashurst.

This is a fast-paced walk, but with a high probability of energy-sapping mud. Please wear proper walking boots, otherwise you are likely to ruin your inappropriate footgear and/or hold up the progress of the whole group.

Some general recommendations and tips.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo © Copyright Nigel Chadwick

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. I will have the Group DaySave tickets for those who have pre-ordered them. See below.

Buy Ticket:

If you are prepared to commit yourself a week in advance and are travelling out from Victoria station then you can get on a group DaySave ticket for just £7. You must pay the organizer in advance with a bank transfer by Saturday February 9th at the latest.

If you are not travelling from Victoria Station but are prepared to commit yourself two days in advance then you can buy an All-Network Downlander from Southern Rail online for £12.50 by Friday February 15th at the latest.

Both these tickets give you unlimited travel for the day on all parts of the Southern Rail network.

Here are the full details of these advance purchase options.

If you cannot commit yourself in advance then you will need to buy two separate singles on the day, as the journeys out and back are on different lines:

  • £12.30 anytime single from London Victoria to East Grinstead, down to £6.15 each in a group of 4.
  • Off-peak single from Ashurst to London Victoria. £8.60 down to £4.30 in a group of 4.

The total price is £20.90 down to £10.45 each in a group of 4.

Outward Travel: 9:36 a.m. train from Victoria platform 17 to East Grinstead, calling at Clapham Junction, East Croydon and other stations. Arrive at 10:45 a.m.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10:45 to 10:50 a.m. at East Grinstead railway station.

Part 1: 8 miles. 3 hours 15 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch Stop: We’ll have a good lunch in a very nice pub and stay for at least an hour and a half.

Part 2: 4.7 miles. Maximum 1 hour 45 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

End of Hike: Arrive at Ashurst station by 17:40.

Post-Hike Refreshment: None, as we’ll have had plenty of refreshment during our extended late lunch stop.

Return Travel: 17:53 Southern Rail Service from Ashurst platform 1 to Hurst Green platform 1. Change at Hurst Green for the 18:26 train to London Victoria. Arrive at 19:18.

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  • Judy

    Oh and I meant to thank you Chris for organising it

    February 18, 2013

  • Eleanor W.

    Top notch! Perfect day - almost made me believe that Spring is round the corner :-). Thank you Christopher - and everyone else too.

    February 18, 2013

  • Alcina

    Great hike, great people, great fun! Great mudineering, as well! Thank you, Christopher.

    February 17, 2013

  • Judy

    Really enjoyed it and perfect weather, well organised as always and the mud was just incredible, met some lovely people too :))

    February 17, 2013

  • Venkat V.

    Thank you. It's a wonderful trip.

    February 17, 2013

  • Ben

    Tough-so much mud!

    February 17, 2013

  • Leroy G.

    A wonderful Sunday stroll with fantastic company. Thank you Christopher for a well organised and executed hike. Look forward to seeing you all again soon

    February 17, 2013

  • Patricia

    Great sunny hikking day. The pub choice was great. Had a fab day. Thanks Christopher for organising it, it was absolutely lovely

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thank you Christopher for a perfectly organised walk, where I met lots of very nice people and got a good work out with the mud which seems to be there everywhere we were going, lol

    February 17, 2013

  • Eleanor W.

    Hi Christopher, I will also join the train at CLJ. Looking forward to it.

    February 16, 2013

  • Ilaria

    Hi Christopher, just to let you know that I will catch the train from Wimbledon. I will meet you at East Grinstead station.

    February 11, 2013

    • Christopher

      That's useful to know, thanks. I think you will be joining our train at Clapham Junction.

      February 12, 2013

    • Ilaria

      I've double-checked, I will be join you at C.J.

      February 16, 2013

  • Yvonne S.

    Alas, I am dancing tonight and won't have the energy for walking tomorrow.. see you next time!

    February 16, 2013

  • Francesc

    Cannot make it this week and weather will be good. Shame on me

    February 15, 2013

  • Lucy

    If anyone can no longer attend please let me know I'd love to join you all!

    Lucy

    February 14, 2013

  • Connie

    Hi Christopher

    I want to join the Group Daysave. Would you please let me have your bank details for payment? Thanks.

    Connie

    February 12, 2013

  • Julian

    Sorry, I will be away this weekend now. Have a good day!

    February 12, 2013

  • Venkat V.

    Hi Christopher, Please let us know about tickets. Thanks.

    Hi All, If any one is interested and manage group ticket from Victoria, please do let me know. Thanks

    February 7, 2013

    • Christopher

      Hi Venkat, you should have an email reply from me from yesterday entitled Group DaySave.

      February 7, 2013

    • Venkat V.

      Thank you. Sorry the mail is filtered into unknown box. I hope, still in your list. See you on 17th. Thank you

      February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi Christopher, i will transfer for me and +1. thanks

    February 8, 2013

  • Venkat V.

    Hello Christopher, I am new to London and living in south kensington. Would you please buy a ticket for me. I am on business visa, so, not allowed to open a bank account. Do let me know how i can pay you. You help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Christopher,
    can you please get me a ticket as well,
    thanks,
    Candice

    February 5, 2013

  • Alcina

    Christopher, thank you for the reminder. I would also like a ticket, pls send me your bank details.

    February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Christopher, I would like to sign up for the DaySave ticket. Can you please send me your Bank details to do the transfer.
    Many thanks,
    Hannah

    February 5, 2013

  • Christopher

    Hi all,

    A reminder that if you are travelling with the group from Victoria and back you can get on a Group DaySave ticket for £7 if you pay me online by this Saturday 9th February. If you do not already have my bank details please email me to get them.

    Thanks,
    Christopher

    February 5, 2013

  • Lilly-Jay P.

    Hi! I'd like to do the group saver for £7,
    how should I pay you? Please could you send the details and I'll make the transfer now :)
    Look forward to walking with you guys :)

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Concerned I may not be fast enough for this group yet!

    January 26, 2013

  • Venkat V.

    Looking forward to do my first trek in UK

    January 25, 2013

  • cinzia

    :( :( OMG .....I m going to Sweden for my Birthday TRIP !!
    oh Christopher all times choose the Sundays that I can not :( ...so i need to wait till March !!

    January 19, 2013

  • Simon

    I'd like to sign up for the DaySave ticket

    January 16, 2013

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