The Vanguard Way

66 miles from the suburbs to the sea

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It's the perfect route for walkers!

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.

All right, this is the opinion of members of the Vanguards Rambling Club, who created both the route and this website.

And, yes, we would say that, but this is why we think so:

  •  At 66 miles (107 km) the Vanguard Way is not too short and not too long, so is easily covered in a week or less, or over a few weekends.
  •  You will encounter:

bullet a designated National Park (South Downs);
bullet two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Surrey Hills, High Weald);
bullet a heritage coast (Sussex Coast);
bullet three scheduled sites of national or regional interest (Nore Hill Chalk Pinnacle, Haxted Mill and Dry Hill Camp) and many other points of interest.
  •  There are great views throughout the route, including two of the best in Britain: the Cuckmere Meanders and the Seven Sisters.
The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters,  2009 Micky Kohn
Meanders on River Cuckmere
Cuckmere Meanders,  2009 Colin Saunders
  •  Nearly all the route is on public rights of way, and goes mostly through open countryside and woodland.
  •  The route is well served by public transport, so you can easily walk it on day trips from London.
  •  You'll learn something new every day.
  •  When you complete the route you qualify for a free certificate, and you can commemorate your achievement with a badge.
  •  And there's a FREE GUIDE & MAPS describing the route from North to South and from South to North!  New (5th) editions of the north to south route guides, introduction to the route, and companion are now available to download.
  •  Please remember to click on latest news, before setting off, for information on diversions and other changes to the route.

If you want to find out what you might see in the way of plants and animals as you walk along the Vanguard Way, visit our blog site AND you can now click here to download a comprehensive guide to the Flora, Fauna & Geology of the Vanguard Way

To find out more click here:  Route Overview

2009 Colin Saunders