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Updates to Route Description:

In many places the Route Description and this web site refer to the Ramblers' Association.  This is historically accurate, but the association is now styled simply as the Ramblers.

Route Descriptions

Section 1
K(1.7) a) (page 6)  [In the South-North Description.]  The pedestrian refuge just beyond the junction with Oaks Road may be used to cross the A212 when traffic is heavy.
Substantial badger activity in Littleheath Woods has resulted in a short temporary diversion of the VGW near the playground:
1.11c (page 6) (North to South). On reaching temporary council barrier, fork R on Fp for 15 metres to metal post, where turn sharp L for a few metres to another Fp junction, where TR to rejoin original route.
K(1.12c) (page 5) (South to North). On reaching temporary council barrier, TL on Fp for a few metres to T-junction with metal post, where turn sharp R to another Fp junction and bear L to rejoin original route.

Section 2
2.1 (page5)  As the "faint and possibly overgrown Fp" mentioned has become unusable at most times, you may prefer to continue 20m past the bus stop, TL (Ledgers Road) then in 40m TR along access Rd to Coach House bar/bistro.
J(2.6) b) (page 9)  [In the South-North Route Description.]  The owner of Warren Barn Farm has put up a notice stating that dogs may not be taken into the field crossed by the permissive path, due to the number of equestrian and shooting events being organised on the farm.  This means that walkers with dogs will have to follow the alternative route shown in the route description under 2.5 b).  The notice also states that dogs are welcome on public rights of way on the property as long as they are under control.

Section 3
If walking from South to North, in Section H the following replaces (a) to (d) in paragraph H(3.3) [TQ 435 501] (pages 6 & 7):
a)  TL along Rd for 160m passing Hurst Farm.  (As the road bears R you rejoin the line of the Roman road.)
b)  As Rd bears L KA through new gate and follow field edge for 40m to second new gate.  (You are now continuing to follow the line of the Roman road.)
c)  Go through gate into large field and turn L along wooden fence for 80m and then bear R with field edge for 100m.
d)  Cross Kent Brook on FB with stile at each end.

Section 4
4.3/4.4 (North to South) & G(4.6/4.5) (South to North) - The links with the Wheatsheaf pub and Lingfield Station have been replaced by a new link to pubs in Dormansland and Dormans Station, fully described in the revised route instructions which are now available on this website.
4.17d page 12 (North to South) & G(5.1a) page 4 (South to North) - The Foresters Arms pub is now permanently closed.
4.9 (North to South) & G(4.10)  (South to North) - The White Horse Inn, Holtye Common has closed permanently.

Section 5
5.1a page 5 (North to South) & F(5.2e) page 7 (South to North) - The Foresters Arms pub is now permanently closed.  This section starts (N-S) or finishes (S-N) at the junction of B2110 Hartfield Road and Station Road.

Section 6
If walking from South to North take the following route:

Section E, pages 7 & 8
E(6.7)  TR on Rd (Chillies Lane) for 20m and cross over to gate onto path through wood.  Path turns R & L, and then cross FB and in 30m go through gate into field.  Go ahead uphill to follow line of single trees, gradually bearing R to KG.  Follow R hand edge of field and locate KG onto Perrymans Lane.  Take care on lane which twists L and then R.  After 100m bear R around wide metal gate and go ahead on wide Tk through Quarry Wood.  As Tk bends L note old iron ore and clay workings (see notice) and cross stile to go up along R hand edge of field to rejoin VGW at E(6.5) d) at fingerpost below steps.

Section 7
8.1a page 8 (North to South) & D(8.1) page 4 (South to North) - Link from Golden Cross pub.  The Golden Cross pub is now permanently closed.

Section 8
8.1 page 4 (North to South) & C(8.1) page 6 (South to North) - Link to Golden Cross pub.  The Golden Cross pub is now permanently closed.

Section 9
9.10b&d page 6 (North to South) & B(9.12e) page 6 (South to North) - Alfriston Youth Hostel has closed.

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2009 Colin Saunders