Country walks

Walks for the week beginning Saturday include

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

Sunday July 10 at 10.40am Circular from Hassocks with London Blind Ramblers. Hassocks Railway Station. East Side. Woodland Road - Oldland Mill - Ditchling (Lunch - pub, cafe or picnic) - Roman Road - Keymer - Halfway - Clayton - Butcher’s Wood - Hassocks Station. Optional detour up to Jack & Jill Windmills from Clayton. Leaders Ray and Alison Guide dogs only please. Meet London Victoria train arriving at Hassocks (Helpers park in station car park -– free on Sundays). Visitors depart Hassocks Station to London Victoria after the walk. 6.5 miles 01342 311632 TQ304155.

Tuesday July 12 at 10.30am Ditchling Circular. Ditchling Village Hall car park. Ditchling Beacon - Streat Hill - Middleton Drove - Blackbrook Wood - Sussex Border Path - Ditchling. Leaders Bernard and Barbara. Please bring picnic lunch. 10 miles 01273 844840 TQ326151.

Wednesday July 13 at 7.30pm Ansty Circular. Ansty, Deakes Lane car park. Circular walk from Ansty. Leader Diane3.5 miles 01444 450493 TQ290233.

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

Sunday July 10 - Long walk. Day walk. Meet at 11am at Arundel Road, Patching Pond. Map Exp: 121 GR: 081.057 via Patching/Patching Hill/Angmering Park Snack 8 miles - Grade 2 Short walk - meet 1pm park in lane, Arundel Road, Patching. Map Exp 121 GR: 081.057 via Patching Woods/Angmering Park 5.5 miles - Grade 1

Wednesday July 13 - Afternoon walk - meet verge at lane junction near Blakehurst Map Exp: 121 GR: 046.074 at 1.30pm via Gallops/Downs/woods Monarchs Way (gentle climb) 5.5 miles - Grade 1/2.

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.

Holiday Fellowship (For further information contact walk leader as given)

Saturday July 16 Meet at 10am car park of West Stoke Nature Reserve (GR 825088). Walk along tracks and grassland through Kingsley Vale. Woodlands and good views, some steep inclines and flint gullies, no shelter or civilisation. Contact Leader Margo 01903 606904. 6 miles.

Sussex Pathfinders Rambling Club (Inquiries 0870 777 2307).

Saturday July 9 at 10.45am Richmond (London) 12 miles river & canal paths, urban streets Explorer Map 161/TQ181752. Meet on Richmond Station forecourt - train from Brighton, change at Clapham Junction. Richmond Station car park is expensive. Walk via Thames Path to Kew (L), Brentford, Hanwell Locks (6 locks), Brentford, Syon Park, Richmond. Notes: Pubs at Kew.

Sunday July 10 at 10am. Bignor Hill 14.5 miles Downland, some climbs. Explorer Map 121/SU974129 Meet at Bignor Hill NT car park. From the A29 follow signs to Bignor - after passing Roman Villa do not bear right to the village, but stay straight on then turn immediately left and follow the lane to the top of the hill. Walk via Great Down, New Barn Farm, Yewtree Gate, Arundel (L), Arundel Park, Houghton Bridge, SDW, Bignor Hill.Notes: Downland, fields, woods and river bank.

Horsham District Council Health Walks (Inquiries 01403 215269)

Saturday, July 9: Free, just turn-up at 2pm at Amberley Station car park (TQ 026118). Gentle circular 4 mile walk through part of the Arun valley to South Stoke and North Stoke. Dogs allowed on a lead.

Monday, July 11: Meet at RSPB Reserve, Wiggonholt, Pulborough on the A283 at 10am. Mostly flat (some stiles) circular, interesting, walk through woodland, fields and part of the Bird Reserve. Free, just turn-up. 5 miles.

Wednesday, July 13: Meet/park in Orchard Restaurant car park, West Grinstead, on A272, at 10am (TQ 183225). Various, mostly flat, (some stiles) 4 to 5 mile circular walks through farmland, woods and along the Downs Link. Free, just turn-up. No dogs.

Thursday, July 14: Meet at 10am at Sports Pavilion, Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst. Various circular walks over farmland along the River Arun and Wey Canal. Free, just turn-up. No dogs. 4 to 6 miles.

Also, Meet at 11am in Cripplegate Lane car park, Southwater Country Park. Flat easy circular walk along bridleways, lanes and the Downs Link. Free, just turn-up. Dogs on leads. 2½ miles.

Friday, July 15: Meet at 7pm in Scarlett Arms car park, Walliswood (TQ119380). Fairly flat (one steep incline) circular walk through woods and farmland with beautiful views of the North Downs. Free, just turn-up. No dogs. 3½ miles.