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Autumn Hike - East Grinstead to Eridge - 12 Miles (20km)

  • Nov 3, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Many of favourite Meetup walks and cycle rides have been in the High Weald area of Kent and Sussex and one of the best pubs surely the Huntsman in Eridge, not least due to it's convenient situation within 100 strides of the station, but their tables also have board games built into them! This hike thus attempts to marry the two with a 12 mile saunter across some of the finest countryside within an hour's train journey of London, ending with an optional Saturday evening pub social.

Travel

Meet by 09:00 at the latest on the concourse outside the ticket barriers by Platform 11 of London Bridge station - we will get the 09:15 train and change at East Croydon onto the train to East Grinstead, arriving at 10:17.

We will return directly by train from Eridge to London Bridge on one of the hourly trains at x51, the journey takes around an hour. The earliest you are likely to get back to London is 18:00.

If coming by car, East Grinstead station has a large car park, but note that charges apply. You can return there after the hike by rail via changing trains at Hurst Green - you will need to buy your own train tickets.

Hike Plan

After admiring one of the most impressive 14C timber framed frontages in the world on our way through town, we soon escape into lovely rolling countryside, with it's patchwork of fields, woodlands, streams and meadows. We follow a disused railway for the first few miles, ironically passing the home town of Dr Beeching, an infamous Chairman of British Rail in the 1960's, who was responsible for the closure of many of our rural branch lines! Later we will follow deeply rural footpaths, so expect a little mud on our way to a 16C pub lunch in Hartfield - there is a tea room and Winnie the Pooh themed shop in the village (oh yes, he comes from these parts) for those who prefer.

At the end of the hike in Eridge, everyone is welcome to join me for more refreshments, socialising and perhaps a board game or two at the Huntsman, but there is also the option to head straight home.

Cost

£10 payable in cash on the train, which includes both the outward and return train tickets. Note that the train tickets require us to travel together in groups of 4, so I will attempt to team people up for the return journey!

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  • Paul R

    Sorry Maja, you may not be able to access the article without joining the forum, worth joining though. :-)

    November 5, 2012

  • Paul R

    Hi again Maja, check out this article that just turned up in my inbox, http://mountzion144.ning.com/group/the-wisdom-of-zen-gardener/forum/topic/show?id=2127676%3ATopic%3A1089103&xg_source=msg funny how synchronicity works, Paul :-)

    November 5, 2012

  • Maja

    Never leave the Club Paul, we like sunshine :)

    November 4, 2012

  • Nicole

    Once Andy thought he was lost but wasn't - that does show what a good map reader he is. Thanks for a spectacular and varied landscape, beautiful pubs and delicous food and logfire, and also to Paul for keeping an eye on no one getting stuck behind in the mud. A great sunny autumn day and fun workout and some great chill out time at the end.

    November 4, 2012

  • Paul R

    Hi Maja, I used to run a dog display team, the joke was, "the sun always shines on the display team"! :-) true lol

    November 4, 2012

  • Iris

    Looks like you had a great hiking day. So many photos! Impressive! The Huntsman pub looks very cosy.

    November 4, 2012

  • Andy

    Despite losing spectacularly at Scrabble, the glutinous mud, fine weather, glorious Autumnal countryside, tasty beer and a great bunch of fellow hikers made this a wonderful day out.

    November 4, 2012

  • Maja

    Paul, thank you for arranging the weather yesterday. I could see this morning that it was really holding off.

    1 · November 4, 2012

  • Paul R

    Thanks Andy, another wonderful day and wonderful people with some lovely mud thrown in for good measure.

    November 4, 2012

  • Hun

    A really lovely hike.

    November 4, 2012

  • Simone

    Mud, mud, mud, scrabble and a fab group of people. Brilliant.

    November 4, 2012

  • Maja

    Perfect day!! Thanks Andy for leading and Paul for keeping an eye and counting us.

    November 3, 2012

  • Julian

    A great day! Thanks Andy!

    November 3, 2012

  • Julian

    Thanks Andy. See you at the front carriage East Croydon

    November 3, 2012

  • Andy

    Hi everyone, the sun is shining, so looks good for the hike! For anyone joining the group at East Croydon this morning, meet us on the front carriage of he 09:40 train to East Grinstead. I have spare group train tickets, so you only need tickets to and from East Croydon.

    November 3, 2012

  • Julian

    It's easier for me to catch the train from streatham common to East Croydon so will either meet you there or at East Grinstead

    November 3, 2012

  • Andy

    The weather is looking good for tomorrow, with plenty of crisp sunshine. See you all bright and early at London Bridge

    November 2, 2012

  • Andy

    Still on the subject of food, for anyone staying on at the end of the hike, the Huntsman starts serving food at 18:30.

    November 1, 2012

  • Andy

    Hi again, the dining room of the Anchor pub in Hartfield has been booked for our party. For those who wish to eat there, the chef has asked us to pre-order if possible by 8pm on Friday, as he does source much of his food from local suppliers daily. The menu is http://anchorhartfield.com/pdfs/AutumnMenu2012.pdf, with the soup flavour not yet decided. Just hit "CHANGE RSVP", add your choice to the comment box and then press "RSVP". I will also bring a menu on the train for the rest of the group to choose - note that eating at the pub is not compulsory and there is also a tea room in the village if anyone would prefer that option.

    November 1, 2012

  • Maja

    Remind everyone of Movember Andy. I hope you are growing mustache this year as well. It really suits you :-)

    November 1, 2012

  • Andy

    Hi everyone, as ever, please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it, as there is a waiting list for this hike. I'm looking forward to stretching my legs and meeting you all on Sat, Andy

    November 1, 2012

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