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Bishopstone to Berwick Wanderer

A leisurely walk (countryside) starting and finishing in East Sussex, England, about 9.69km (6.02 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 157m (515ft)
Loss 149m (488ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Elevation (total) 306m (1003ft)
Start
Bishopstone Station
End
Polegate
Distance 9.69km
(6.02mi)
Duration ~2:45
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Created by lurchyboy on 09 Aug 2010
A varied, linear walk with great views – first of the sea and then of the Sussex Weald – and the perfect pub-stop half way.

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid TV469999
Head North out of the station. Cross the A259 and follow the waymarker in hedge opposite. Follow the path to cross an unusual, log stile over a wall. Take diagonal path across field, pass through gate turning right and uphill to the village of Bishopstone.
Bishopstone village About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid TQ473009
Just after the car park turn right up a track. At fork in path continue uphill to the right. Turn left at waymarker and walk between hedges. Cross stile and along side of valley passing a farm below on your left.
Kissing gate About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
OS Grid TQ482013
Walk through the kissing gate. Follow the waymarker along side of field keeping the hedge on your right. Walk through gap in hedge and turn left to continue uphill along the track. Turn left at waymarker and walk along bridleway.
Bridleway About 1.26 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid TQ488023
At junction in bridleway, cross and take the small path into access land between hedges which leads down the side of a large secluded valley. At bottom of valley continue uphill ignoring path on right. Continue to top of big hill, through a gate at the top. Follow the fence up to the South Downs Way
South Downs Way About 2.31 km (~1.44 miles) from
OS Grid TQ499044
Admire views here! Cross the South Downs Way and jump a stile just down the hill following the path down. Almost at the bottom of the hill, cross a stile and follow path down between hedges and then by the side of a field. At end of field turn right along track then turn left at bench into Alciston.
Alciston About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid TQ504052
Follow the road into Alciston. Lunch at The Rose Cottage Inn. Continue through Alciston to find well-hidden path between two houses on the right. Cross the stile and turn left down the side of the field to cross another stile and plank across ditch. WARNING! Be REALLY careful crossing the A27.
A27 About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid TQ509060
If you made it across the A27 in one piece, cross another stile in gap in hedge. Cross a small field then another stile. Cut across a large field then through a gap in the hedge to the left of a hedge. At top of field, find waymarker in gap in hedge and cross the road.
Common Lane About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
OS Grid TQ510065
Just to the right follow another waymarker through trees and cross a field. At an old waymarker turn right around the side of the field. Follow waymarker in corner of field into woods and then by the side of a fence. At next waymarker turn right along bridleway.
Vanguard Way About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid TQ513068
Follow the straight, waymarked bridleway (the Vanguard Way). Look out for Long Man of Wilmington on hillside in distance on your right. Walk through gate and across a field. At corner of field take path between hedges down to Berwick. Left for the station or The Berwick Inn for a well-earned drink.
Berwick Station About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid TQ526067
Train home!

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