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Programme for 2015
Sunday 1st February
Horsham Riverside Walk
Map Ref:
W 0.29822
N 51.06944
TQ 194 314
Day Walk
Meet at Leech Pool Wood car park.
The walk is a circular and links and closely follows the tributaries of the Arun.
The walk is 12 miles long and should take about 4-5 hours, so please be ready to set off at 10.00
prompt. Bring some Lunch.
Please let the organiser know if you intend to join us for this walk and please try to car share.
Richard Wilton
Map Ref:
Saturday 28 February
[email protected]
W 0.612821
N 50.828832
SU 981 041
BN18 0DP
Skittles Evening
Meet at 7.00 pm for 7.30 at the Maypole Inn, Maypole Lane, Yapton, Arundel.
The cost of the evening is £7.50 per person and covers the cold buffet and skittles.
Reserve your place now by sending a cheque to Chrissie using the pro-forma.
Meals cannot be guaranteed if not booked and paid for in advance! Non attendance on the day will
incur loss of payment.
This promises to be fun and a chance for like minded walkers to get together. We look forward to
seeing you there.
Chrissie Dixon
Closing date for booking
20 February
[email protected]
Sunday 22nd March
Henfield Boundaries
Map Ref:
W 0.28540
N 50.93250
TQ 206 162,
Day Walk
We will meet at public car park in Upper Station Road at west of centre of village, next to Cat and
Canary Pub. (Currently no charges for parking or park in roads very close by)
Hopefully spotting early signs of spring we will circumnavigate the village, using part of the Down's
Link and many of the village footpaths that have been used for centuries, seeing some of the historic
village buildings, walking along South side of village with views on a good day out to Shoreham and
the sea, and admiring the floods…. (but as I grew up here I am expecting to be able to adjust a walk
that admires them rather than experiences them!)
The distance will be about 8 miles, so with a leisurely pace and stops to admire the views and have a
break, will take about 4hrs, which as days are still short, should be a reasonable length.
Start time 10.30am
Sally Chambers
Friday 17th - Sunday 19th April
South Wales
Map Ref:
[email protected]
W 3.5581
N 51.7554
SN 925 075
Mountainwalking (bunkhouse)
We will be returning to the Chichester Youth Adventure Trust’s Cottage and Bunkhouse which is
situated in the southern end of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Owing to its proximity to the A470
trunk road and the M4 journey times for a weekend break are reasonable.
There will be the opportunity for a full day’s walk on the Saturday within the National Park and at least
a half day’s walk on the Sunday before setting off mid afternoon for home. There is plenty of choice
on offer in the Black Mountain, Forest Fawr and Brecon Beacons.
If any club member has any particular wishes as to where we walk then please contact the organiser.
Accommodation: Cottage and bunkhouse – 29 places
Cost: approx. £80 for two nights’ accommodation, food and shared transport (lunches are your own
responsibility on this trip); independents £40
Deposit: £30 (cheques made payable to M W Merritt) by 28 February 2015
Michael Merritt
Closing date for booking
28 February
[email protected]
Sunday 3rd May
Seven Sisters
Map Ref:
E 0.145931
N 50.773640
TV 513 993,
BN25 4AB
Moon Walk
Depending on numbers, shared car transport will be arranged so that we have enough vehicles to
deposit half the cars in the pub car park at Exceat Bridge (south of Alfriston) and transport everyone
to the start of the walk - one of the many car parks behind Beachy Head, aiming to arrive at around 8
The plan is to walk back towards Exceat along the cliffs with the sun setting ahead of us (bring
sunglasses as it can be very glarey) as the moon rises behind us. As we progress, the light will dim, and
we should finish the last mile or two in darkness, Hopefully the moon will light our path but do bring a
head torch if you wish. The total distance is 9.2 km and should take around 2 1/2 hours, finishing in
the car park at Exceat at around 10.30pm, from where the car drivers will need to take their
passengers back to the start to collect cars left there.
It is anticipated that all drivers will arrive back in Worthing by midnight. If the night is very cloudy, wet
or there are high winds we will make a decision on the day.
The moon is due to be full at 03.42am on 4th May, so if the night is clear, it promises to be a
wonderful experience. Please be aware that we will be walking along the Seven Sisters, so the height
gain and loss is around 300m,with steep ground both up and down. The cliffs here are eroding and
some areas are fenced off; all participants should to be aware of the need to take care and keep well
away from the edge. It can also chill down considerably in the evening, especially if there is a breeze
Please let the organiser know if you intend to come along.
Susan Waton
Sunday 17th May
Devil's Dyke
Map Ref:
[email protected]
W 0.19664
N 50.88538
TQ 269 111
Day Walk
Details TBA.
Malcolm Fendick
Closing date for booking
[email protected]
Saturday 23rd - Sunday 31st May
Far North West Scotland
Map Ref:
W 4.8828
N 58.4002
Based near Ullapool or Kylesku with easy access to Foinaven, Arkle,Canisp and Suliven. Not Munros,
but often described as some of finest tops in the highlands and set in this unique moorland landscape.
Accommodation : Cottage self catering
Cost (approx) : To be confirmed
Deposit :
Closing date for booking: Please contact Richard by January 10th to express an interest. He will be
trying to book accommodation soon after.
Richard Wilton
Closing date for booking
[email protected]
10th January
Map Ref:
Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th June
White Peak
W 1.779
N 53.3436
Peak District Camping
Three days walking in the fabulous Peak District National Park. We will be camping to make the best of
the weather at this time of year and to keep costs down. You will provide your own breakfast and
walking snacks, but have the option of either doing your own catering or making use of some
excellent pubs for the evening meal. This will be a fairly relaxed trip and the walks will be of a length /
difficulty to suit all club members, including afternoon tea stops where practical. If you want to cycle
instead of walking, it's possible to include this option because the Peaks now has some very scenic
cycle trails, many of which are off road and follow dismantled railway lines or canal paths.
Accommodation: Camping on well-appointed camp site(s)
Cost: £60 (estimated), to include transport and camping fees (3 nights)
Deposit: £20 to organiser by 1st May
Gary Edwards
Closing date for booking
1st May
[email protected]
Saturday 20th June
Arundel area
Map Ref:
W 0.55033
N 50.85148
TQ 021 068
Midsummer Madness Evening Walk
The walk is about 6 miles long and should take about 2½ hours, so please be ready to set off at 17.00
prompt. We will head north along the banks of the River Arun visiting Burpham, North and South
Stoke and Offham. In days gone by we got as far as Houghton Bridge but we then tended to finish in
the dark! It was also known for us to have the odd half pint on route! So bring a torch just in case.
Please let the organiser know if you intend to join us for this walk.
Meet at GR TQ 021 068 where you should find some street parking, just off the southern end of the
Arundel bypass.
Malcolm Fendick
Monday 6th - Friday 10th July
Map Ref:
[email protected]
E 6.86900
N 45.92390
Guided Glacier Walking
We are organising a club trip to the Alps next summer (mid July), with the intention to join one of the
Chamonix Guides Company trips/courses.
We have looked at what is available and feel that the four links below, in order of difficulty, offer
interest that most club members could do.
Tour around Mer de Glace
Tour of Huts of Mount Blanc
High Tour around Mont Blanc
Mountaineering Course - Beginner - 5 days
All who are interested in the idea of this trip please look at the web site and the trips mentioned and
then register interest with Mark, together with which course they are interested in.
The main web address is
Please note the dates and prices are still 2014.
Mark Hiles
Closing date for booking
[email protected]
Thursday 16th July
Findon - Monarch's Way
Map Ref:
W 0.397316
N 50.865175
TQ 128 085
Evening Walk
We will meet at Nepcote Green car park near Findon village at 6:00pm. Please be ready to set off at
6:15 prompt. We will then embark on a 5 ½ mile walk in this beautiful part of the South Downs
National Park, about a 3 ½ hour walk.
We will be walking from Nepcote Green, up the Monarch's Way to the top of the downs at Steyning
Bowl, with (hopefully) beautiful views across the Sussex Weald and Steyning and over the South
Downs to Devil's Dyke - there will be a long steady climb to the top and some walking on the SDW.
As we walk along the SDW we will have some beautiful views across to Cissbury and Chanctonbury,
out over to Brighton and the sea and the Sussex Weald.
We will return back to the cars via the SDW and Buddington Bottom, with its recently planted
vineyard plantation - then for those in need, call in at the Findon Manor Hotel for a well-earned drink
at about 9.30 pm.
Please contact the organiser (Stuart Rowe) on 07969 294394, or e-mail if you would like to join us for
this lovely evening walk on the downs above Findon Village.
Stuart Rowe
Map Ref:
Tuesday 21st July
Alison’s House
[email protected]
W 0.41083
N 50.81471
TQ 120 028
Planning Evening
Bring your ideas along to our programme planning evening and help decide where we will be going
and what we will be doing in 2016.
Alison Edwards
[email protected]
[email protected]
Thursday 20th August
Evening Walk
Details TBA
Richard Boulton
Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th August
Scotland - Rannoch Moor
Map Ref:
W 4.69060
N 56.76024
NN 356 664
Overnight Sleeper & Bothy Adventure
Join us for this unique opportunity: a walk on the wild side - a traverse of the remote and inaccessible
Rannoch Moor, beginning and ending with a snug and comfortable night on board the Caledonian
Sleeper sandwiched with a bothy experience! The route carries us over the moor towards Fort William
with the excitement of a river crossing, a bothy night (something everyone should experience at least
once in their life) followed by a steady descent over rough ground to Glen Nevis and the Fort itself.
You will need to commit by ??? With cleared funds of £100 paid deposit so that tickets can be booked
online as they go on sale at 8.30am. The Bargain Berths range from £19 – 49 each way, and it is
notoriously difficult to secure them – if Bargain Berths are not available then it will not be possible to
run this trip, as the normal price of the sleeper berths starts at £130 each way.
Catching the 9.10pm sleeper out of Euston, we will alight at Corrour station in the middle of Rannoch
Moor at 8am Saturday morning. We will cross the boggy and exposed moor using an ancient drove
road, romantically signposted from Corrour Station (the highest UK mainline station) by an old iron
finger post, heading first towards the stunningly beautiful Loch Ossian (with the potential to bag Beinn
Na Lap) before heading towards Loch Treig. Turning west we will follow the river towards a choice of
two bothies; Staoineag is smaller and on the south side with stepping stones to cross the river or
Meannanach on the northern bank – where the path is better. The decision will be made subject to
the river flow and local conditions. Following the river, we begin the descent towards Glen Nevis and
the hidden valley by Steall Falls and the wire bridge, a surprisingly open and sheltered place. The path
winds down the gorge and meanders along the glen, ending in Fort William where refreshments and
rest await. The sleeper departs, arriving in London Euston around 7.30am Monday morning. The total
distance is some 15 miles, but the ground is difficult and in bad weather very exposed. You will need
to be prepared to carry a sleeping bag, food and a fuel contribution for the bothy stove. If the weather
is truly awful, there are alternatives for a return to Fort William.
Please contact the organiser with initial statement of interest.
Deposit £100 required by Friday 11th April
Total cost: approx £130 tbc (plus emergency bad weather funds to cover cost of train out and
overnight in Fort William).
Accommodation: sleeper berths plus bothy.
Sue Waton
Closing date for booking
[email protected]
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September
Map Ref:
W 1.95741
N 50.60825
SZ 030 786,
BH19 2LT
Jurassic Coast / Purbeck Hills
Our September trip next year sees us heading down to the Jurassic Coast and the beautiful Purbeck
Hills in Dorset. We’ll be based in Swanage at the charmingly named “Swanage Auberge” which we will
have all to ourselves.
My plan is that we will walk along the Purbeck range from Swanage to Corfe Castle via Old Harry’s
Rocks on the Saturday, with time hopefully for a cream tea in the café overlooking the castle before
catching the steam train back to Swanage.
Then on Sunday a jaunt along the stunning coast path, exploring caves and old quarries, before
returning via the Priests Way to our cars.
Accommodation : The Swanage Auberge
Cost (approx) : £75 to include shared transport, accommodation; two breakfasts and one evening
meal ( we will go to a pub on Friday night); you will need to provide your own packed lunches.
Independent travellers - £55.
Deposit : £40 by 20th July 2015; other costs on the trip.
Alison Edwards
Closing date for booking
[email protected]
[email protected]
20 July 2015
Sunday 4th October
Day Walk
Details TBA.
Andrew Rickmam
Closing date for booking
Friday 23rd - Monday 26th October
Mid Wales
Map Ref:
W 3.05263
N 52.93231
SJ 293 377,
LL14 5PG
Chirk & the Llangollen Canal
Chirk is situated close to the border with England & offers a good base for exploring the Berwyns &
the area round Ruabon Mountain, which has some spectacular and surprising scenery. It is also in
walking distance of the Llangollen Canal with its 2 tunnels & an aqueduct. Chirk Castle is also close by
as is part of Offa’s Dyke Path. The ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey and / or Castell Dinas Bray (a medieval
castle standing high on a hill above the town of Llangollen ) may well feature on one of the walks ...
We’ll be staying at Chirk Bunkhouse which is the joint headquarters of Chirk Scouts & Guides. It can
sleep 22 in bunk beds. There is a large hall for meals etc & a good kitchen for our merry meals!
Chirk is on the edge of 3 maps but the best 2 are Explorer 255 – Llangollen & Berwyn & 256 –
Wrexham & Llangollen.
Accommodation : The Chirk Bunkhouse
Cost (approx) : £95 to include shared transport, accommodation; three breakfasts and two evening
meals ( we will go to a pub on Friday night); you will need to provide your own packed lunches.
Independent travellers - £55.
Deposit : £30 by 20th August 2015; other costs on the trip.
Linda Norman
Closing date for booking
Sunday 8th November
Friends Meeting House
[email protected]
20th July 2015
Map Ref:
W 0.39619
N 50.81431
TQ 130 028
AGM with Cheese and Wine
AGM - Join us for our annual review of our year's walking and help choose our new committee for
Details to follow.
Brian Aldred
[email protected]
Sunday 22nd November
Cissbury and Chanctonbury Rings
Map Ref:
W 0.397560
N 50.857315
TQ 128 077
Day Walk
Meet at Storrington Rise Car Park, Findon.
Join us for a walk over the downs, taking in some of the historic hill forts, with views over the Weald
and the Channel.
The walk is 15 miles long and should take about 6.5 hours, so please be ready to set off at 10.15am
Head torches may be needed.
Please let the organiser know if you intend to come along.
Mark Hiles
February / March 2016
Nearer the Equator!
Map Ref:
[email protected]
E 8.740
N 41.925
Winter Sun foreign trip (one week)
*** Postponed until 2016 ***
Winter Sun foreign trip (one week)
Please let Richard know if you are interested in this trip for 2016.
Richard Wilton
Closing date for booking
25 December 2015
[email protected]