The Sussex Border Path

A Look Back on the Sussex Border Path
This amazing route roughly follows the border of Sussex for a hundred and forty miles. There were 11 hikes in all. In sections 2 to 5 we did quite a lot of extra miles getting onto the path from the nearest railway station or back to a station, but still on pleasant country paths. All the other sections pretty much kept to the Sussex Border Path itself.

Section 10
Twenty-one adventurous spirits travelled down to Wadhurst with unsettled weather and one or two days' rigorous hiking in prospect. The correct trail proved elusive at the start, but once on it we soon made up the time to the first dramatic glimpse of Bewl Water far below, where we spent the early afternoon skirting the edge under the sun and scudding clouds, including a picnic and a rest stop on the grassy bank. The landscape was lovely throughout the day but no respite from the wind as we left the reservoir to head across country on a devious route through fields of threatening cows and bulls, and a farmstead with no apparent way through. With a sense of bonding and satisfaction we made it to the pub for a drink in the windy garden before the main group headed on into Hawkurst and the overnight stay.
Photos, courtesy of Alcina, Pat, Marie-Laure, Christopher and Olga
The record of our footsteps

Section 11
With a minimum 20 miles to the end of the route at Rye the nine o’clock start was essential. A very pleasant and quite hilly stretch took us to the stunning Bodiam Castle and the chance to buy some lunch for later at the café. Light rain started to fall as we pressed on through the fields, orchards and prize-winning villages. We consumed half our lunch at a pub before being turfed out. Still twelve miles to go, mainly flat but some rough fields to cross where the path was anyone’s guess. After the length of a full day’s hike we reached the banks of the river Rother and the sun came gloriously out for a short rest and almost seven more miles on a lovely green but very long path into Rye. The group stretched out and made their way separately to the pub or station, all coming together happily at the end completely knackered yet enthused by the 38 mile walking weekend.
Photos, courtesy of Pat, Wanda, Christopher and Olga
The record of our footsteps

Sections 7 to 9

Sections 4 to 6

Sections 1 to 3

Apart from the organizer, these hikers did at least three sections with the group:
7 - Jude, Philip
6 - Marie-Laure, Patricia, Sarah
5 - Amanda, Ben, Bobby, Dominic, Judy, Olga
4 - Alcina, Mark, Matthew, Nikii, Seyran
3 - Alison, Julian, Mathias, Ray, Sally, Simon, Zabeen

Total Distance Completed: 170 miles, 145 on the Sussex Border Path

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
The High Weald Landscape Trail August 30, 2014 12:10 PM Christopher
The Three Castles Path June 1, 2014 10:26 AM Christopher
The Greensand Way - Sections 7 to 9 October 28, 2013 1:31 PM Christopher
Pub Menu for October 13th October 11, 2013 7:38 PM Christopher
The Essex Way - Sections 4 to 6 October 1, 2013 8:40 PM Christopher
The Greensand Way Sections 4 to 6 September 3, 2013 10:26 PM Christopher
The Essex Way - Sections 1 to 3 July 14, 2013 7:09 PM Christopher
The Sussex Border Path - Sections 7 - 9 June 17, 2013 11:54 PM Christopher
The Greensand Way - Sections 1 to 3 May 29, 2013 9:43 PM Christopher
The Greensand Way October 31, 2013 7:56 AM Christopher
Golden Rules May 5, 2014 7:49 PM Christopher
The Essex Way October 1, 2013 8:59 PM Christopher

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