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The Vanguard Way Section 4 – East Grinstead to Buxted

  • Jul 7, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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The Vanguard Way

The Vanguard Way is a North-South trail from East Croydon to the Sussex Coast keeping to quiet footpaths and country lanes the whole way. Between the two end points in London and Newhaven the biggest place it passes directly through is Forest Row, at the edge of Ashdown Forest. At this point there’s still forty miles to go, but from now on it’s almost pure Vanguard Way with only one small detour as the rural railway stations are situated close to the path for our connections to and from home.

Section 4 – 16 miles

This is the most challenging hike of the six, something to really test your fitness. It’s just under 16 miles in total, up and over the hills of the High Weald, with a mammoth 11 miles to cover before we get to a pub stop.

From East Grinstead we take some minor paths through fields and then a bit of the Forest Way, a stretch of disused railway line, to rejoin the Vanguard Way where we left it last time. Then it’s up into the wooded slopes and heathland of Ashdown Forest. Somewhere along the way we stop for our packed lunch. We eventually come out the other side for a well-earned afternoon pub stop.












Then it’s another hefty 4.85 miles through the rolling countryside to the end of the walk at Buxted.

It is essential to bring a packed lunch on this hike.

See the page about Rail Tickets for The Vanguard Way Sections 4 to 6 for your cheapest ticket option.

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












Full Itinerary with Estimated Timings

Meet Up: 8.45 to 9.10 a.m. by the ticket office at Victoria Station. I will be wearing the floppy hat and moustache for recognition.

If you paid me £6 in cash in advance on the previous trek for a Southern Rail group day save I will have your ticket.

If you've bought your own DaySave ticket online you can meet the group on the train, or travel from any station and meet at East Grinstead for the start of the walk.

Buy Ticket: Arrive at Victoria by 9.00 a.m. if you have to buy a ticket. Try to get in a group of 3 or 4 people in the same situation, if there are any.

Buy a single out to East Grinstead (£11.70) and a single back from Buxted (£10.20). Total price £21.90, down to £10.95 in a group of 4.

*** If you are left in a group of 1 or 2 then the organizer will subsidize your ticket by £5 from the fees collected on the hikes so far, reducing the price to £15.90. This offer does not apply to anyone joining the group on the train or at East Grinstead, however these people will not be charged the £1 organizer fee for this event. ***

Outward Travel: 9.23 a.m. train from Victoria platform 18 to East Grinstead platform 2. Arrive at 10.17.

Meet for Start of Hike: From 10.20 to 10.30 a.m. in or just outside the ticket office, Railway Approach.

Part 1: 11 miles. Maximum 5 hours including a half-hour stop for lunch and other short stops to regroup and look around.

You must bring your own packed lunch.






Afternoon Stop: A pub stop for up to 45 minutes.

Part 2: 4.85 miles. Maximum 2 hours 15 minutes.






End of Hike: Arrive at Buxted Station by 18.30.

Post-Hike Refreshment: For those with the stamina there is a pub just a short distance beyond the railway station.

Return Travel: 18:39 train from Buxted to East Croydon or hourly thereafter. Stay on for London Bridge. Change for London Victoria - 1hr 18 minutes journey time in total.


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  • Mathias

    Hi everyone, as always, here's the record of the walk:

    July 8, 2012

  • Matthew S.

    A wonderful hike, my favourite part of the Vanguard way so far. There were some fantastic views, a real delight. We came across some majestic looking horses and even a snake!

    July 8, 2012

  • Christopher

    Yet again the actual weather was better than the forecast. It turned out perfect for hiking, and what a hike! Great and varied from countryside from beginning to end.

    July 7, 2012

  • Christopher

    Weather forecast for tomorrow - cool with showers and sunny spells - what more could you want for a great day's hike? It could be very wet underfoot - bring spare socks in case boots prove not entirely waterproof.

    Meet from 8.45 am at Victoria Station for those meeting there, in the usual place by the ticket office and ticket machines.

    My phone number in case of any difficulty on the day is[masked]

    July 6, 2012

  • luk b.

    Hi all,
    I'm Luk, 44 years, Polish. Just joined the site. Looking forward to meet you on saturday.

    July 2, 2012

  • Christopher

    It's not unusual at all. Most people come to meetup events on their own, and this is a nice small group where you will easily feel at home with people who share your interest in hiking. So don't worry, just come along.

    July 1, 2012

  • Christopher

    You have a couple more days to buy a Southern DaySave ticket online for £12 for 7th July if you're definitely coming on this hike. See the event details above for further info and the link to the Southern Rail website. Otherwise buying the 2 singles on the day will cost you a total of £10.95 in a group of 4 up to £21.90 on your own. Get into groups when you arrive at Victoria station on the day as usual.

    June 27, 2012

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