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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Saturday Walk: Balcombe Circular (winter walk)

10 miles / 16.2 km with pub stop in Ardingly
7.9 miles / 12.8 km with picnic lunch

A walk specially designed for the winter months with reduced mud and a chance of reaching the tea room before it shuts.  Highlights include Ardingly Reservoir and an impressive close up view of the Ouse Valley Viaduct.

Trains: Bedford to Brighton train: 9:20 St Pancras, 9:29 Blackfriars, 9:35 London Bridge, 9:48 East Croydon, arrives at Balcombe at 10:17.  Return trains at xx22/xx52.

LunchThe Ardingly Inn (01444 892214).  Next door is the Ardingly Cafe with sandwiches/soups.

Back in Balcombe, the Balcome Tea Rooms are open til 4pm.  The Half Moon Inn also has tea,  maybe cake and definitely beer.

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Walker said...

Oh yes, I forgot: there is at least ONE other walk created specifically to be done in January.... (Read the Guildford to Gomshall post to understand this comment). Yes, this walk has quite a lot of firm surfaces: some potential mud in places but it has been so dry this probably won’t be an issue.

Tony said...

n=20 on this walk - w=a-mild-and-overcast-day. The group spread out quickly with a around a third skipping the pub to have a packed lunch or just walk on without a break. The Ardingly Arms was welcoming and served basic pub food without delay. Some eat at the cafe next door. Not too much mud underfoot. Those that tackled the full walk were rewarded with a wide choice of brilliant home made cakes at the Balcombe Tea Rooms where the staff were friendly and welcoming. A good day out with only delayed trains to contend with.