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Discovering Sussex (Inquiries 01903 813381/01342 315786)

Sunday July 29, 10am: Meet at Lavington Common car park, 1 mile west of A285 Duncton-Petworth (SU949187). Common Old Serpents. A mid-summer walk around the commons of Graffham, featuring part of the Serpent Trail and a delightful stroll along a hidden woodland stream. Gentle gradients throughout. Dogs welcome on a lead. Please bring a snack. 7½ miles. Leaders Keith McKenna and Sally Dench, Footprints of Sussex.

Ramblers’ Association Mid-Sussex Group (Inquiries 01273 833556)

Wednesday July 25, 7.30pm: Meet at North Chailey Sports ground car park. Chailey Circular, 4½ miles, TQ389210. Chailey Common – Pelling Bridge – Vale Farm – Chailey Common – North Chailey. Leader Diane, 01444 450493.

Wednesday July 25, 7.30pm: Meet at Haywards Heath, Beech Hurst car park. Haywards Heath, Beech Hurst, Evening Circular, 4½ miles, TQ322238. Isaacs Lane – Heaslands – Upper Ridges – Mackrell’s – Laines Farm – Newbury Pond – Chownes Mead Lane – Beech Hurst. Optional refreshments in local public house after walk. Leader David B, 077714 640461.

Saturday July 28, 10am: Meet at Barcombe Cross behind the village shop. Barcombe Circular, 7½ miles, TQ421158. Handlye Farm – Balneath Barn – Knowlands Wood – Delves Farm – Anchor Inn (picnic) – Barcombe Mills – The Rectory – Barcombe Cross. Please bring picnic lunch. Leader Tony, 01444 469470.

Sunday July 29, 3.35pm: Meet at Burgess Hill Station, RH15 9DG. Burgess Hill Station Circular, 5½ miles, TQ316187. Silverdale Road – Fragbarrow Farm – Sussex Border Path – Ditchling – return via Oldland and Water Tower. Start time is to coordinate with trains from Haywards Heath and Hassocks. Leader Dave L, 07887 508350.

Tuesday July 31, 10am: Meet at Plumpton Village Hall car park (BN7 3BH) or lay-bys nearby. Plumpton Green Circular, 7 miles, TQ362165. Marchants Farm – Ditchling – Blackbrook Wood – Plumpton Green. Optional refreshments after the walk. Please bring picnic lunch. Leader Anne M, 01444 414361.

Ramblers’ Association Arun-Adur Group (Inquiries 01903 695865)

Saturday 28, 10:30am: 8 miles (Grade - easy+) Meet triangular verge on Peppering Lane, Burpham. Map ref: TQ 043 095 via Norfolk Clump, Wepham Down, Kithurst and Rackham Hills.

Sunday 29, 11am: 9 miles (Grade - moderate+) Meet Woolbeding Common car park (3 miles north of Midhurst). Map ref: SU 869 261 via Henley village, Upper Lodge, Telegraph Hill.

Ashington Ramblers (inquiries 01903 892998)

Meet at 10am Red Lion, Ashington on the second Monday of every month. For further information please ring the inquiry number above.

Sussex Pathfinders Rambling Club (Inquiries 0870 777 2307)

Saturday July 28, 2pm: Meet in public car park, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint. Walk via Coldharbour Farm, Foxhole Cottages, Wanbarrow Farm. No dogs please. Hurstpierpoint 6 miles mainly level, easy climbs. Explorer Map 122/TQ281165.

Sunday July 29, 10am: Meet in Bramber car park. Walk via Henfield, Woodmancote and Small Dole. Lunch either picnic or pub at Henfield. Start and finish walk along River Adur. No dogs please. Bramber 12 miles mainly flat. Explorer Map 122/TQ188107.

Horsham District Council Health Walks (Inquiries 01403 215269)

Thursday July 26, 10am: Meet at the West Chiltington Village Hall car park, Mill Road (RH20 2PZ, TQ083179). Various 4 to 5 mile circular walks, some stiles and moderate slopes, incorporating windmills, vineyards, llamas and good views of the South Downs. No dogs. 2 hours. Leader Sue 01403 255710.

Saturday July 28, 9am: Meet at Reception/Café, Sumners Ponds. Park close to the main entrance opposite the barn (TQ 124267, RH13 0PR). (From Horsham, via Plumtree Cross Lane, go through Barns Green village, soon after passing the Queens Head on Chapel Road turn right, signposted Sumners Ponds, Fishery and Campsite.) Something Fishy at Sumners Ponds a lovely 4½ mile mostly flat (some stiles) walk around a working farm, through beautiful woodland and peaceful meadows. No dogs. 2 hours. Leaders: Pauline 01403 240419 and Jane 261672.

Sunday July 29, 10am: Meet at Kithurst Hill car park (off the Amberley to Storrington road, TQ 070125). Lee Farm, 5¼ mile circular walk into the heart of the rolling downs besides Welpham Down before passing Lee Farm (allegedly visited by King Charles II). Dogs allowed on a lead. 2 hours. Leader Mick 01903 745971.

Tuesday July 31, 10am: Meet at the Half Moon car park, Warninglid (TQ 250260). Warninglid – Crabtree Wealden Iron Industry Lakes, 5½ mile circular walk, through woods and farmland, past lakes and furnace ponds. No stiles but a few, short, fairly steep hills. Good views. No dogs. 2¾ hours. Leaders Geoff 01403 258180 and Pat 240654.