East Grinstead, 13 August
Mike has sent the following information about his circular walk from East grinstead this Saturday:
Train departs London Victoria, 9.20. Calls at Clapham Junction 9.27, East Croydon 9.40. Est Grinstead 10.40
Re industrial action, I’ve checked that the above train, operated by Southern will be running. However, those of you that travel to the start point by other carriers should check if their service is affected.
Trains back to London at 06 and 36 minutes past the hour, journey time one hour.
The Walk and drop out point
The morning section is 7km, and the afternoon 9 km. However, this can be shortened to 6km or avoided altogether by taking a bus back after lunch from Forest Row to East Grinstead station.
Buses run hourly approximately on the hour, from outside the Brambletye pub and the journey takes about 15 minutes.
There are some stiles, particularly towards the end but these can be avoided by a modest detour.
There are some choices after lunch:
1. Take a bus back to East Grinstead Station,
2. Walk a shorter way back to East Grinstead via a disused railway which is level and shaded. It’s easy to follow and maps will be provided.
3. Take a longer route via Tablehurst Farm and Stoke Brunswick School.There are some super stretches, the only drawback being that Stoke Brunswick School is disused and the stiles at the entrance and exit haven’t been maintained. They are more in the way of hurdles than stiles, but are just about passable. Those on Sue Howard’s walk will have seen her hang from the lowest timber and slide elegantly under on her backside. This technique is recommended. In the event of anyone refusing at the first, there is a route round by road and I will accompany them.
The forecast is for a warm day so please bring plenty of water and allow for feeling more fatigued than usual. In the morning we will walk from East Grinstead to Forest Row, via Weir Wood reservoir.
I’ve shortened the route slightly in view of the likely weather and the fact that the longer route involved more walking on tarmac.
We will lunch at Forest Row, either a picnic, or the Brambletye pub, which serves simple stuff (leader’s choice) or the Swan which has a more ambitious menu.
I’m not planning to book anywhere for lunch. However, it’s good to have some idea of numbers, so if you can, please let me know you’re coming. Mike C