A glorious walk followed by a Sussex Bonfire extravaganza.
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Every Autumn, Sussex celebrates the bonfire season and for enthusiasts, there is a parade, grand bonfire and firework display most weekends across the county during this time. The most well-known of these is Lewes, which has several bonfire societies so plenty of choice on their bonfire night, which is always on the 5th November unless it falls on a Sunday.
I live in Robertsbridge, a small village south of Tunbridge Wells and north of Battle and Hastings. I have run a walk on our event day twice now and all who have attended have been amazed at the fantastic displays of the numerous societies marching in costume through the village by the light of their blazing torches as well as the stupendous firework display which follows the lighting of the enormous bonfire.
My third ODL bonfire walk will follow a slighty different route from the previous two and hopefully we will be able to drop in on the White Dog at Ewhurst Green, the Castle Inn at Bodiam, perhaps the Castle itself as well, then as the light fades, the Salehurst Halt just outside Robertsbridge. We need to 'kill' about an hour and a half there as we wait for the time between sundown and the bonfire celebrations starting.
We will leave when it is dark and we have to walk down an unlit country lane, so please bring a torch if you have one. The idea is that we will head towards the George Inn at the top of the village and find drinks and food while we await the start of the evening proceedings.
If you want to come to the evening without doing the walk you are perfectly free to do so, while those who just wish to walk can do this too, but you would miss out on so much.
After the bonfire celebrations, both the George Inn and Robertsbridge Club will probably have live bands playing. For a small country village, this event is very impressive and I really look forward to sharing it with you, fellow Outdoor Lads, again.The bonfire event is free, although donations are very welcome.
This event is NOT suitable for dogs and while mine will be with me during the walk, she will be taken home before the evening celebrations.
What to bring
Please be aware that in Autumn it will be muddy so good boots are a necessity, along with waterproofs, just in case. The bonfire celebrations normally go ahead regardless of the weather. If you have a small torch that will be a good idea but most places are well lit in and near the village.
Food & drink
More details will be announced nearer the time, depending on how many people book up for this walk. Hopefully we will be able to have lunch at the Castle Inn at Bodiam, in the spirit of the very sociable aspect of this day. The only shops on the route are near the start and there is the National Trust shop at Bodiam. Please make sure you have water or whatever drinks and snacks you like to sustain you on the way. I do not yet know if there will be any sustenance at the Salehurst Halt- the chefs will all, probably, be preparing for the parade! There will be food vendors on the streets at the bonfire event.