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    East Dean and The Airshow

    Saturday 17th August

    Distance 17 miles, Circular Grade Strenuous Start Time 10:30 Host Holly Start Location BN20 0DR

    Meeting point: East Dean Village Car Park

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Please note that we are not attending the air show, but will be walking near where the planes will be flying. The walk is otherwise strenuous.

Please make sure that you arrive in plenty of time as we start walking at 10.30am, leaving the pretty village of East Dean in the valley. We walk though the Crowlink and join the Seven Sisters half way though, warning this walk is hilly. We join the South Downs Way stopping for a break at Birling Gap, we continue around the Belle Tout and Shooters Bottom to Beachy Head where we will be stopping for a packed lunch.

With the Airshow in Eastbourne the afternoon will be a case of watching the planes as we walk along the South Downs ridge as curves around the outside of Eastbourne up to the top of Jervington Hill. We turn west into the village of Jervington and stopping the pub for a drink only.

After we will be walking over Oldkiln Bottom and though Lullington Heath National Nature Reserve, this section of the walk menders up and down the Long Brow and Friston Hill both of which are inside Friston Forest. Passing around Friston Place down the hill back into the village of East Dean. 

Our walk gradings

  • E


    Easy Walks are for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.

  • L


    Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.

  • M


    Moderate Walks are for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are highly recommended.

  • S


    Strenuous Walks are for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rought country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness are advised to contact the walk leader in advance.

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About our walks

Non-members are welcome to join us for 3 "trial" walks before deciding to join us. You don't need to book in advance - just turn up on the day.

All our walks are graded to give you an idea of what each one will be like. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short, easy walk first. It's better to find a walk too easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.

Please remember

  • Bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Bring something to drink, even if the walk has a pub stop. On most full day walks you'll need to bring a picnic lunch. The walk details will show this.
  • If you wish to bring your dog on a walk, you must ask the walk leader in advance as some walks are not suitable for dogs.
  • Please arrive early so that the walk can start on time. We'll wait up to 10 minutes if you let us know you've been delayed en-route.

All our walks are led by SYW members. Please follow their instructions, don't walk ahead of them, and let them know if you decide to leave the walk before the end.

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