Long Walk – Hartfield – 11 miles, picnic
Start/Finish: On the Forest Way, where the B2026 crosses the dis-used railway line, adjacent to Hartfield Station, at grid ref TQ479362. Park either in the car park of the former Hartfield Station (now a playgroup centre) or in Hartfield High Street, opposite the former Hay Waggon pub. Shirley has kindly offered to co-ordinate car-sharing at Pine Grove.
Route: A clockwise loop, on the north side of the Medway, between Hartfield and Forest Row. Starting and finishing with short stretches of the Forest Way, it takes in Lower Parrock, Great Surries, Chantlers Farm, Bolebrook Castle and Top Hill Farm.
Terrain: Gently undulating mostly; a few slopes, but none huge. Since my initial recce the ground has become significantly softer and muddier, so wax your boots right up to your armpits. Some of the stiles have degraded to the status of modern art.
Diversions: Coffee stop at Highams Wood; lunch stop on the open ground west of Chantlers Farm. The Anchor in Hartfield serves a wholesome pint of Larkins Traditional and/or Dairy Red Top (more than one if you ask nicely).
Contact: Fred, on 078-1148-8946 or 01892-533545.
Intermediate Walk – Architectural Lewes – 5½ miles, picnic/cafe
A walk based on the book by Alec Clifton-Taylor, which followed his BBC2 series, (about 1980). Giving observations on building materials, styles and history from the Norman period to present day.
5½ miles around Lewes with one long steep hill. Mostly pavement.
Morning Walk – Hartfield – 6.2 miles
Meet in the Pine Grove car park in Crowborough ready to leave promptly by 9.30am. Hartfield can be reached via the London Road to Lye Green and Withyham then the B2110.
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The next Tea Party will be on Friday 1 December from 14:30 – 16:00 at Millbrook Garden Centre, Tubwell Lane, Jarvis Brook, Crowborough, TN6 3RJ
Future dates for your diary are these Friday, also at Millbrook:
Friday 5 January 2018
Friday 26 January
Friday 2 March
Friday 23 March
Friday 27 April
Hoping to see you there, Val