Saturday 16th March
Meeting point: Balcombe Station
This circular walk between small Sussex towns is notable by its sheer variety. It runs close to the famous Bluebell steam Railway, the spectacular lake at Ardingly and the botanic gardens of Wakehurst Place.
We have options to stop around Ardingly lake for lunch or continue on to Ardingly village where there is a pub and cafe. Later in the afternoon we’ll grab a coffee at the wonderful Wakehurst Botanical Gardens.
The terrain is easy, so good walking shoes are adequate, except perhaps in wetter conditions.
The station car park is free at weekends. Also there is a train via Gatwick Airport that arrives at 11:16 (only hourly).
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.
Leisurely Walks are for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths.
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.
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.
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.
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.