Nathan's Update: I did a test run of this hike today and I'm very happy to confirm that Michael has put together an exceptionally beautiful walk. There are some fantastic views once you make it up on to the South Downs Way Ridge where you have the English Channel on one side and wide open expanses of countryside on the other side. This walk is perfect for anyone looking to experience some wide open expanses of beauty after being cooped up in London. Check out some of the panoramic pictures I've added below. It was slightly hazy but it was still a beautiful sight.
I will also point out that it is a deceptively challenging walk. For the majority of the entire hike you are slowly but surely constantly sloping upwards on a slight gradient. I was wondering how this was possible but then realised it's due to the walk effectively ending on the cliffs of Seaford where you swiftly drop down into the town.
I look forward to seeing you all next week on what I'm sure will be a fantastic hike!
NBH-Elite Group hiking pace will be set by the fastest member in the group. This group hikes at a faster and more energetic pace than you may be expecting. All members of the group are expected to keep pace with the fastest member of the group to ensure of an enjoyable and energetic hike for all.
Newhaven to Seaford via the picturesque village of Alfriston
An energetic walk over the South Downs escarpment
Join us for a circular walk from Newhaven, which takes you along the South Downs escarpment with a visit to the village of Alfriston, where you can see the National Trust’s very first property, the Clergy House, acquired for the sum of £10 in 1896. The rare 14th-century thatched house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere.
Clergy House - Medieval thatched Wealden hall-house and picturesque garden.
Alfriston: Clergy House, Garden & Shop. This rare 14th century Wealden 'Hall House' was the first building to be acquired by the National Trust in 1896. The thatched, timber-framed house is in an idyllic setting, with views across the River Cuckmere and surrounded by a delightful, tranquil cottage garden. On your visit; admire the first house the NT saved.
Enjoy the tranquility of our English cottage garden. Discover the chalk and sour milk floor in the hall and browse in the shop for a souvenir of you visit.
For those members who are unsure about their walking pace or endurance to complete the fast-paced walk, there will also be a regular hike on the same day but starting two hours earlier, which you will be able to join when you overtake if the pace or endurance is not suitable for you. The combined groups (Regular and Elite Group) should end around the same time for both hikes, and finishing with post drinks.
We will stop for 1.5hrs to explore the picturesque village of Alfriston were we will have time for lunch at the George Inn, and visit Clergy House.
Level: Intermediate - (5/10)
Pace: Fast Pace (3.0mph)
Length: 12.5 miles (20km)
Duration: 5.5hrs plus lunch
Start: Newhaven Town station
End: Seaford Station
Lunch: George Inn
Meeting Time: 8.45am.
Meet: on the MAIN concourse next to the ticket machines
Train from London Victoria at 09.17 and arrives in Newhaven Town at 10.38.
Return from Seaford to London Victoria at 18.58
Please check the planned engineering works when planning your journey:
Cost: £28 based on 30% discount for 3-9 adults sharing, on a "First Come First Share" basis. (Return rail travel, PayPal, NBH costs and Organiser's fee)
NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.
Things to bring:
Water and Snacks
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for lunch and drinks)
Natural Born Hikers operate within:
The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.
For more information:
Look at the following site for the simplified explanation
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