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The Sussex Weald, Ardingly reservoir and the Ouse Valley viaduct 22km DAY HIKE

  • Sep 1, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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# £20 including train tickets from London Victoria #








Walk Description

A fantastic hike starting from the rural station of Balcombe, straight out into the fields of Sussex and taking in some diverse landscapes.

We'll head off under the elegant and extravagant Ouse Valley viaduct with it's dreamy arches. Built in 1841 at a cost then of £38,500 and with 11 million bricks imported from Holland it was a lavish and exuberant expression of the wealth that the railways were generating. We'll then pass by the tranquil Ardingly reservoir, through the woods, fields and up the hills of some classic High Weald landscape, passing the grounds of Wakehurst Place (a 16th century mansion and the National Trust's most visited admission fee charging property). After visiting the picturesque little Balcombe Lake hidden among the trees our hike will end as usual in a pub for a well earned drink.

Please note, at 14 miles this is a tough walk with a number of hills to walk up (about 6 from memory) plus it's about 6 hours of walking at a good pace (not an amble).








Transport & Meeting Point

We'll meet at Victoria station at 10:00 and leave our meeting point at 10:15 prompt for the 10:27 train.

Anticipated return time to London of 7:17pm (we will not be back any earlier so you are committed for the day until then)

We'll meet between WHSmith (no 34) and the stall called Breadbox (no 29).

Click here for a map of our meeting point:



We'll stop during the walk for a snack lunch so please bring food and drink. We’ll visit a pub after the walk where we can get refreshments.


Distance, Difficulty and Terrain

Distance: 14 miles (22 km)
Ascent: 520m
Difficulty: 8/10 Medium/tough, about six hills to climb/ascend
Walking time: About 6 hours of actual walking
Terrain: A mix of mainly gravel tracks and fields.



The walk will be £20.00 per person which includes the guided hike and train tickets from London Victoria.


What to Bring

  • Appropriate walking clothes and footwear >more info here<
  • Water (at least 1 litre)
  • Packed lunch/picnic
  • Money for drinks and refreshments after the walk
  • That's it! I'll take care of all train tickets, logistics on the day etc, so just turn up, bring a smile and we'll have a fun day hiking :-)


Safety and Terms and Conditions

Your safety is very important to us and this walk is led by a trained Walk Group Leader (MTE) and qualified Outdoor Activity First Aider with extensive hike leading experience. A First Aid kit is carried and the walk is well known to the walk leader.

By signing up to this event you agree to the Terms and Conditions detailed at the following link:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful senury

    September 3, 2013

  • Milen

    It was a great walk! Good weather,nice people,very organised...simply 5 stars.

    September 2, 2013

  • Dong

    Great day great fun. Thank you Graham. :-)

    September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thoroughly enjoyed the day - lovely walk, good pace, excellent leadership & great company.

    September 1, 2013

  • Daniel G.

    Excellent. Thank you.

    September 1, 2013

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