Woodlands in the High Weald walk and a Sussex Bonfire extravaganza
21 people attending
9 places left
about 6.5 hours just the walk
Each October and November, Sussex celebrates the bonfire season and for enthusiasts, there is a parade, grand bonfire and firework display most weekends during this time culminating in what has traditionally become the last of all, Robertsbridge, which means that many societies from all over East and West Sussex come to join the extremely impressive procession.
The idea for today was to allow Outdoor Lads to enjoy the above festivities but to give everyone a good day out as well.
At this time of the year, the countryside is also very appealing as the remnants of the leaves finally fall and Winter looms. The walk today takes us through five woodlands and alongside four more, plus numerous stands of copses and hedges. Two of the woods, Barnes and Footlands are open access land and great dog walking territory, while Brede High woods belongs to the Woodland Trust and includes fenced areas grazed and maintained by ponies.
Staplecross, the geographically highest point of the walk commands good views as we traverse the countryside around it and it also houses the funny little shelter in which we had lunch on a previous Outdoor Lads walk.
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. As one of the photos show, the bonfire celebrations normally go ahead regardless of the weather. If you have a small torch that might be a good idea but most places are well lit in and near the village.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch and enough water to sustain you for the day. We will pass Robertsbridge village shops and there is a shop in Staplecross as well.