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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wednesday Walk - Buxted Circular

"Some hae meat an canna eat, And some wad eat than want it, But we hae meat, and we can eat, And sae let the Lord be thankit." 
...a free drink for anyone turning up in a kilt (or at least a 'See you Jimmy'-hat), or reciting a Rabbie Burns poem...

Length:  16.7 km (10.4 mi)
Ascent/Descent:  390m
Net Walking Time:  4 ½ - 5 hours
Toughness:  5 out of 10 
Take the 10.08 Uckfield train from  London Bridge (East Croydon 10.23), arrives Buxted 11.16.
Return trains: 16.37, 17.07 (to VIC, chg Hurst Green), 17.36, 18.02 (to VIC, chg Hurst Green), 18.36, 19.04…

This is a gentle walk over a mix of fields and woods from a quiet station on the Uckfield Line in East Sussex. There are views of the distant South Downs ridge for most of the walk. 
Lunch: The Crow and Gate in Poundgate, Crowborough (8.7 km/5.4 mi, food all day, judging by the online booking options).
Tea: The Buxted Inn (open all day) or The White Hart (open from 18.00).

For walk directions, map, height profile, some photos, a video and gpx/kml files click here.t=swc.95

Next Week: SWC Walk 1a Lenham to Hollingbourne


Stargazer said...

We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne.....looking forward to a wee dram and other Scottish specialties on a Burns Day outing....

Walker said...

N=19 on this walk including one late starter. Since there was a Scottish theme to the day it was perhaps appropriate that the weather was w=misty, only lifting to low cloud near the end of the walk. So no views but also less mud than there might have been due to the ground remaining frozen below the surface. Navigation was at time more testing in the mist but there were some magical effect in the woods.

The Cow and Gate (didn't that used to be a brand of baby milk?) proved to be a top hole pub: large, cosy, quick to take orders and swift to serve them. In the afternoon I saw my first bluebell plant shoot, a reminder of happy times to come.

At the end of the walk we gathered in the pub to recite some Burns poetry - thanks to Stargazer for bringing the book. A variety of Scottish acccents were tried, some quite authentic-sounding. One walker also bravely turned out in a kilt.

On the train home Stargazer produced a jam jar of an alarming-coloured liquid that turned out to be a tasty wee dram. We also had some wine and there was even some singing, to the bemusement (or - who knows? - delight) of weary commuters nearby.

Thomas G said...

n=21 actually, we thought. marcus, pete and I counted 19 in our corner of the pub, and there were two others sat in another area, and that w/o at least a handful of Wednesday regulars... if this becomes a trend, time for two mid-week walks?

Anonymous said...

Please. Not two mid-week walks. Choice is great at the weekend, but let's not get silly on Wednesdays. 20 or so is a great number and few pubs are likely to be swamped, surely? Having that number simply means that we are more likely to walk in shifting sub-groups: the SWC way.