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.Mid Sussex Walk: Balcombe to Burgess Hill - Sunday 25th August Aug 25, 2019 The sequel to last June's walk from Horley to Balcombe ! This time, discover a countryside of low hills, fields and woodland with tempting views of the South Downs in the distance … Date: Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August Meeting Point: Balcombe station at 10.25 am when the train arrives from London, moving off thereafter Distance: 13.5 miles Shorter Walk: 7.25 miles to Haywards Heath station (1.25 miles self-guided along road from lunch stop at Lindfield) Pace: Moderate, yet relaxed (hey, its Summer !) Terrain: Minor hills, possibly muddy in places Getting There: Catch the 9.26 am Thameslink service from St Pancras International (destined for Brighton), stopping at Farringdon 9.30 am, London Blackfriars 9.34 am, LONDON BRIDGE 9.40 am, East Croydon 9.54 am (for services from London Victoria), Gatwick Airport 10.10 am, arriving at Balcombe 10.21 am Getting Back: Aiming for the 6.10 pm service from Burgess Hill back to London Victoria, arriving 7.02 pm (stopping at East Croydon 6.44 pm for services to London Bridge). Trains back to London run at 10/22/40/56 mins past the hour Ticketing: Day return to Burgess Hill, further down the same rail line Lunch: Stopping at Lindfield after 6 miles, either bring own packed lunch to eat by the village pond or get something at one of the several pubs or cafes Route: Leaving Balcombe station, we head down to Balcombe Mill at one head of scenic Ardingly Reservoir and follow the shoreline path around the eastern edge. Home to assorted wildfowl as well as noisy ducks and geese, the reservoir ends at the grass banked dam with fine views over the water framed by low wooded hills. Picking up the High Weald Landscape Trail, our route heads downhill over the fields with a glimpse of the famous Ouse Valley viaduct and uphill into River's Wood. With more fields and pockets of woodland, we then pick up the Sussex Ouse Valley Way into picturesque Lindfield for a lunch stop. Afterwards, we leave by the church and head south east, past the Walsteads overlooking the infant River Ouse in its wide valley and uphill into Costells Wood to reach Scaynes Hill. With views of the South Downs stretching away in the distance, our direction now changes to south west, joining the Sussex Border Path with a patchwork of fields, meadows and woodland, to arrive at the village of Wivelsfield (its station is actually a couple of miles away). The final 2.5 miles takes us across common land to reach the ever expanding housing of Burgess Hill with its station for the train back to London. Cheers, Nick W. NB Check the "What's on" page of our website: https://www.clog.org.uk/ for the most up to date information on meeting times for this event, and also details of other forthcoming events