GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Vanguard Way

66 miles (106 km)

This 66 mile trail runs from the outskirts of London, through Ashdown Forest, Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley to the stunning East Sussex coast.
Route highlights include the lovely Ashdown Forest, the White Horse near Alfriston and the wonderful final coastal stretch that gives views of the Seven Sisters Cliffs and Tidemills beach. The path also passes through the beautiful Cuckmere Valley with splendid views of Cuckmere River and Cuckmere Haven to enjoy.
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Vanguard Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Vanguard Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Vanguard Way Pubs/Cafes

Near Hailsham, on the eastern side of Arlington Reservoir you'll find the noteworthy Old Oak Inn. This 18th Century oak beam traditional English pub has a good menu and selection of drinks. There's also a splendid garden area where you can sit out and enjoy lunch on fine days. Large family tables for 8 offer outside seating for up to 150 persons with views of the countryside and the adjacent Abbot's Wood. It's the ideal spot to relax in when the sun is shining. You can find the pub in the little village of Arlington on the western fringes of the woods. The postcode for your sat navs is BN26 6SJ.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Also near Hailsham you will find one of the notable local attractions at Michelham Priory at Upper Dicker. This formerAugustinePriory dates from the 13th century and includes some original buildings which areGrade I and Grade II listed. It's a very pretty site with awatermillin the grounds of the priory which has been restored to working order and is open to the public. The historic site is located just to the east of the route near Arlington Reservoir. It's well worthy of some investigation if you have time to take a small detour.
Michelham Priory 05 Michelham Priory
Above:Michelham Priory views. An idyllic setting with with the lovely pond and house on the right.

Photos

Stile on Vanguard Way - geograph.org.uk - 34993

Stile on Vanguard Way. Looking south towards the Mill House and pond where the Wealdway meets the Vanguard Way. The small stream known as Tickerage feeds the pond.

Vanguard Way footpath - geograph.org.uk - 788360

Taken from the footbridge over an un-named stream south of Hammerwood.
Photo taken in the spring of 2008.

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Looking south after leaving Pound Lane, the Vanguard Way path crosses open fields then down to the Tickeridge stream.

View from the Vanguard Way footpath - geograph.org.uk - 788322

The footpath and the trees in the foreground are all within the gridsquare. The high ground on the horizon is part of the Ashdown Forest.

Vanguard Way-Ouse Valley Walk - geograph.org.uk - 1583477

Looking toward a junction of embankments with the two long distance footpaths heading to the left towards Tide Mills and Newhaven where the Vanguard Way ends after travelling down from Croydon and the Ouse Valley Way really only begins (if heading upstream) on its 42 mile journey to Lower Beeding.

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The long distance footpath follows the course of the bridleway from Berwick before turning south down the drive to Stonery Farm which is behind the hedge to the right.

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The route includes the cliff top walk from Seaford to Cuckmere Haven.

The Vanguard Way near Gills Lap - geograph.org.uk - 410908

The Vanguard Way near Gills Lap in Ashdown Forest

Elevation Profile

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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