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.
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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.
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.