The Vanguard Way

66 miles from the suburbs to the sea

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From this website you can print out these free PDF files or save them to your computer.  You can also transfer them to a mobile reading device such as a Kindle or Sony e-Reader, though for best viewing you may need to convert them into a compatible format - refer to the device instructions.
If you plan to walk the Vanguard Way, you only need to print the route descriptions and maps for Sections 1-10 as and when needed.  To save paper, please read and refer to the Introduction and Companion on-screen.  We also suggest that you explore the options available on your printer: it may be possible to print double-sided and in booklet form, so squeezing 4 pages onto one sheet of A4 paper.
Please note that the four previous printed editions of our guidebook are no longer accurate and should not be used as a guide when walking.  You should also beware that guidebooks to the Vanguard Way produced by other publishers may be inaccurate or out of date and should be treated with caution.  We know of two: "The Wealdway & the Vanguard Way" by Kev Reynolds (Cicerone Press); and "Vanguard Way" by David Harrison (SB Publications).

It is very important that you go to the "Latest News" pages to find details of any alterations to the route and updates for any of the downloads listed below.


Please note that the north-south Route Descriptions and the Companion are currently being updated and should be published in April, so if you're planning to walk the route after that date you may wish to wait until then before downloading them.


  An introduction to the route (5th edition, 2014).


  The Vanguard Way Companion, which tells you about public transport and where you can find refreshments, accommodation and many other useful facilities along the route (6th edition, 2019).


  A map showing which Ordnance Survey maps are useful for walking the Vanguard Way.

Key Map

  Detailed North-South (1 to 10) (6th edition, 2019) and South-North (A to K) route directions & maps, in ten easy sections.

  North-South South-North
Section 1 / K - Croydon to Chelsham Common Directions 1 Directions K
Section 2 / J - Chelsham Common to Limpsfield Chart Directions 2 Directions J
Section 3 / H - Limpsfield Chart to Haxted Mill Directions 3 Directions H
Section 4 / G - Haxted Mill to Forest Row Directions 4 Directions G
Section 5 / F - Forest Row to Poundgate Directions 5 Directions F
Section 6 / E - Poundgate to Blackboys Directions 6 Directions E
Section 7 / D - Blackboys to Golden Cross Directions 7 Directions D
Section 8 / C - Golden Cross to Berwick Station Directions 8 Directions C
Section 9 / B - Berwick Station to Exceat Bridge Directions 9 Directions B
Section 10 / A - Exceat Bridge to Newhaven Directions 10 Directions A
A guide to the Flora, Fauna & Geology of the Vanguard Way can be downloaded by clicking here.


If you prefer, you can view the route in Google Earth - go to Layers, Gallery, and tick Wikiloc.  You can also view the route and download GPS files from Wikiloc & Trailzilla.  But please note that these are only approximations to the defined route; the accurate route is to be found in the downloadable pdf files above.


2009 Colin Saunders