Sunday Walks are back!
Following a break due to Covid 19, we are resuming our Sunday Walks on Sunday 4 July 2021. We are planning monthly walks on the first Sunday of each month up to October.
We generally take the bus out into the countryside, walk at a leisurely pace for about 3-4 hours taking in the scenery and finish for lunch at a nice old country pub.
Walks are between 5-7 miles long and aim to provide good exercise in beautiful country surroundings without being too strenuous, though some walks are quite hilly.
They are suitable for all ages from about 6 onwards, though younger ones are also welcome if you don’t mind carrying them part of the way!
All buses leave Old Steine (South) Stop S, Brighton at 10am and return about 4 – 4.30pm.
4 July: Firle Beacon
Starting at Southease, we follow the South Downs Way up onto Firle Beacon, where there are magnificient views across the Sussex Weald to the north, and to the Ouse Valley and the Cuckmere Valley to the south. We continue along the ridge until we drop down into Alfriston for a well-earned lunch at The George Inn
Length: 7 miles
1 August: Seaford Head
Starting at Seaford beach, we head up onto Seaford Head, where we get beautiful uninterrupted views of Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters. At Exceat we continue north up the Cuckmere Valley to the Litlington White Horse, and then on to Litlington for Sunday lunch at the Plough & Harrow.
Length: 5 miles
5 September: Chanctonbury Ring
We start our walk in Steyning and head west, up onto the South Downs Way to Chanctonbury Ring, the site of a prehistoric hill fort. With beautiful views across the South Downs and even as far as the Isle of Wight on a clear day, Chanctonbury Ring is a very special place. Afterwards, a steep descent into the village of Washington takes us to the The Frankland Arms for some very well-earned refreshment.
Length: 6 miles
3 October: Ashdown Forest
We start our walk at Kings Standing, the site of the Aspidistra Radio Transmitter – for a time the most powerful transmitter in the world – used for transmitting deceptive propaganda to Germany during World War II. We then head across to Gills Lap, immortalised by AA Milne in his Tales of Winnie the Pooh: “They walked on, thinking of This and That, and by-and-by they came to an enchanted place on the very top of the Forest called Galleons Lap“. Finally we head down into the valley where we can play Pooh Sticks on Pooh Bridge before coming to rest at the Gallipot Inn for lunch.
Length: 5.5 miles
Photos from previous walks:
Firle to Berwick – July 2018
The Chattri – January 14th 2018
Poppies in full bloom on The South Downs Way – July 2017
Walking up to The Chattri on a lovely sunny day – January 2018
Wolstonbury Hill Woods – January 2018
Falmer to Southease – August 2017
Some feedback from previous walks:
Went on the Washington to Bramber via Chanctonbury Ring walk which was my first trip on the Big Lemon Bus! What a fantastic day out. Really enjoyed the walk with such lovely people. The walks always end in a country pub so you can have a drink or some food when you’ve finished. Would highly recommend the next walk to anyone who enjoys being out in the countryside. Thanks again for a wonderful day.
This summer I discovered the Big Lemon bus walks. I went on the last 4 and have loved every one. It’s always a really nice/friendly bunch of people and I’ve made new friends. The length of walks have been perfect for me too – around 8 miles with a pub at the end 🙂 Thanks to the lovely folks at Big Lemon for organising this. Looking forward to next year’s walks!