CSJ Sussex Regional Group

Latest updates / upcoming events.

June 2023

Dan Ingrey has kindly offered to guide members on the following:

1) Saturday, 15/07/23

West Sussex, Midhurst to Chichester, 14 miles. Meet at the bus park, at the north end of town, near to Cowdray House.  Ideally, bring a packed lunch, liquid refreshments, waterproofs etc, however, it maybe that we'll stop off at a pub along the way.  Ideally, we'll wind up at Chichester Cathedral.

2) Saturday, 22/07/23

East Sussex.  Walk from Eastbourne by the Bees School out past Birling Gap, Friston Forest, Jevington and then back to Bees.

It's about 10 to 13 miles.

...and John Phillips is offering:

3) August (date to be confirmed)

Walk with John Phillips, from Haywards Heath station.

John's would be a circular walk with lunch to be agreed nearer the time by those coming.  About 7 miles, looking at some of the work of Charles Kempe.

If you would like to join any of these walks, please email [email protected]

The Sussex Regional Group emerged from the post-Covid lockdown period with a stimulating walk in the Bluebell woods, led by Eric Bull on May 6th 2022. Five walkers  took a loop walk from Haywards Heath, north to Balcombe and returned to Haywards Heath, following Eric’s detailed notes round the Arlington Reservoir. One of the highlights of the walk was crossing under the Balcombe Viaduct which carries the London to Brighton rail line over the  Ouse Valley.


CSJ Walkers in the Bluebell Woods.


Approaching the Balcombe Viaduct in the Ouse Valley. 

The Sussex Regional Group continued their 2022 Summer walking programme when six walkers took a five-mile loop walk from Shipley around the Knepp Estate in West Sussex. We started from the Shipley Windmill, once the home of the prolific writer Hilaire Belloc, who had written extensively of walking and pilgrimage, and his love of Sussex. The Knepp Estate has become renowned for a rewilding project since 2000, and the introduction of storks in 2016.


CSJ Walkers in front of the Shipley windmill.l


Storks nesting in the Knepp Estate.


CSJ Walkers in front of the Knepp Mill Pond.

For their third walk, four members of the Sussex Group walked twelve miles on the Cuckmere Pilgrim Path. This route had been designed by an Anglican rector responsible for five of the parishes in the Cuckmere Valley, and involved visits to seven churches on the route. We started from a visit to the monument of The Long Man of Wilmington, followed by a stop at the smallest church in Sussex at Lullington. Our navigation was aided by the attractive brochure published by the parish of St Michael and All Angels, and the scallop shells signposting the path.


CSJ Walkers at the foot of The Long Man of Wilmington.


The smallest church in Sussex, at Lullington.


The gatepost scallop shell logo of the Cuckmere Pilgrim Path.

Plans will soon be developing for 2023.  To be a part of the Sussex RG, please feel free to contact email the office.