Print this page

Latest Travel Log Newsletter

 

DO YOU WALK ON THE PATHS ABOVE AND AROUND THE OFFHAM CHALK PITS?

Probably most people have done at some point in their lives, particularly if they live on the west side of town.

 

But none of these paths is on the rights of way map so, in theory, any one of them could be stopped up at any time.

 

So, although there is no immediate threat, the Ramblers Association is setting out to add the paths to the rights of way map by collecting evidence that they have been used by the public for the past 20 years. (since 1998)  If you have walked on some or all of these paths please download  a description and form which you can find here  and return it to the address on the form.

 

THE OPEN TOP BUS FROM LEWES TO EASTBOURNE- Running today

Until last summer Lewes had never had an open top bus route, and if numbers of users this summer are low, it may never have one again.

But for the time being, this summer, every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday till the end of August, the Seaford and District bus company (based in Ringmer, obviously) is vintage, normally open top, buses to Eastbourne

There are four buses a day leaving Lewes bus station at 9.30, 11.15, 13.00 and 15.00 and travelling via Glyndebourne, Alfriston, Wilmington, Polgate  and Pevensey Castle.

The cost is £5 for an all-day ticket, but bus passes are not valid.  It’s the summer experience you must not miss.

MALLING STREET TRAFFIC PROTEST- happening today

The Malling Street traffic campaign wants East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police and Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to enforce the 30mph speed limit on Malling Street (A26) in Lewes - between the Cuilfail tunnel and Earwig Corner.

After many requests and dogged persistence, East Sussex County Council (ESCC) Transport Monitoring team conducted a speed survey on Malling Street/Malling Hill in April. The results were shocking.

The data tells us that: 
• an average of 24,000 vehicles pass by the houses on Malling Street every single day 
• one third of them are breaking the 30 mph speed limit – 8,000 
• over 2,000 of them are going over 36 mph – every single day!

The campaign does not believe that we should wait until there is a fatality or serious injury before ESCC put up speed signs, paint road markings indicating the speed limit or – ideally – install a speed camera. We are fed up with the speed of traffic down our street, Malling Street, and Malling Hill, particularly the big HGVs who either don’t know or don’t care about the 30mph speed limit. We are also tired of East Sussex County Council and others taking little action regarding our concerns and requests for speed enforcement.

The campaign wants: 
• to create a better environment for all road and pavement users in our area. 
• less fast and heavy traffic which is dangerous and creates pollution. 
• all drivers to treat local residents with respect by sticking to the speed limit.

There will be a protest on Sunday 1st July, 10am at Malling Street, near Pets Corner – all welcome! Or sign our online petition at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/slow-down-malling-1

 

THROUGH COASTWAY TRAINS

In the last edition I commented that the through coastway trains between Worthing and Seaford were discontinued because delays on either the west of the east coastway would cause them to be late.

Ian Cairns comments “Well I liked the Coastway service. At least you didn't arrive at Brighton to find your connecting train timetabled to leave 1 min before you arrive.”

I had cause to reflect on this comment last week when the outgoing Seaford service left about one minute after we arrived from Worthing, just in time for me to see the train leaving Brighton Station.

THE NEW TRAIN TIMETABLE

Like many people who have the choice, travelman has been avoiding travel to London for the last month or so. Commiserations to those who have had to make the trip. What are your experiences?

EUROSTAR/ ASHFORD

Jill Goulder comments “I don't head for the Continent often, but when I did it was a very civilised option to go via Ashford. No quicker than via St Pancras, but it was so low-stress to change platforms at Ashford and chug round the coast to Lewes, looking at the scenery, rather than hacking back through London.

We can still get to/ from Ashford, Rye etc, but many of the connections in both directions seem to involve a Superman-like 4-minute change at Hampden Park, involving going over the rail bridge (with luggage and/or bike) or round by the level crossing; not a connection we'd ever trust Southern to honour these days. So it's time to research coffee-shops in Eastbourne (no steps, easy transfer) while we wait an extra half-hour or hour there. And thanks, Travelman, for the tip about the ticket pricing” (I said that to get the cheapest tickets you needed to book on the Eurostar web site and select a return ticket, returning to the same station you departed from.)

UPDATE ON ROUNDELS IN SOUTHOVER HIGH STREET AND PRIORY STREET.

Ruth O’Keeffe writes “After a great deal of correspondence with ESCC and the LDC Conservation Officer I have managed to get an email from the Conservation Officer that agrees that the roundels would be a good idea.

The Enforcement Officer from Highways has now requested that the LDC Conservation Officer and I meet him on site to look at the specific locations for roundels.

This is happening in early June”.

BEAT THE STREET

This from Lewes District Council

“Beat the Street is the fun, free game for the communities of East Sussex to see how far you can go in seven weeks.  

Running from 6 June to 25 July, Beat the Street will see towns and villages in East Sussex turned into a massive game where players can earn points and prizes for themselves and their team by exploring their area on foot or by bicycle.  

Players can pick up a Beat the Street card and map at their local library, leisure centre or selected pharmacies and start to play the game by swiping as many Beat Boxes as possible to earn points and

 

win prizes. Or you can play as a team and be in with a chance of winning hundreds of pounds worth of sport and fitness vouchers.

 Last year, more than 42,000 people from across East Sussex walked, ran and cycled an incredible 230,000 miles in seven weeks.

 To take up the challenge visit beatthestreet.me/eastsussex 

BRIGHTON BUSES NEW TIMETABLE

Article courtesy of Brighton Buswatch

Brighton & Hove Buses introduced its summer services last weekend, 17th June. One of the biggest improvements was recommended by Buswatch. This is route 13X between Brighton and Eastbourne via Seaford, Seven Sisters and Beachy Head which now runs every 30 minutes during the day on Sundays. In addition to providing a regular service to Beachy Head the 13X provides a limited stop service between Brighton & Seaford covering the 12X which doesn’t run on Sundays. There have been many complaints about crowded buses on Sundays along the coast road and the 13X should address these. Unfortunately plans to run the 13X hourly on Mondays to Saturdays during the summer months were dropped, although they are shown in the January edition of Bus Times. Instead the weekday 13X runs just three times a day until 27 August, leaving Brighton Station at 0915, 1245 and 4.15pm.

 Other improvements include the 77 from Brighton Palace Pier to Devil’s Dyke which now runs daily, every 45 minutes until 31 August. However, University services 25 & N25 are reduced during the summer vacation which continues until 14 September.

THIS MONTHS WALKS

Mainly selected to be shady in the heat

 The Stanmer Skyline Walk

A grand circuit of the skyline above Stanmer village, with woodlands and varied far reaching views, on a route originally designed for wheelchair users and so mostly firm underfoot in all seasons and with no stiles.  A few gates.  5.5 miles

The Horns Lodge Pub Walk

This walk is designed to be a short introduction to some of the most attractive countryside in the Low Weald.  It is also designed so that you can take the bus from Lewes, do the walk, and get the next bus back, with perhaps a short break in the Horns Lodge if you are lucky. If you miss the bus you can spend the time in the pub, or even stay the night.  The pub is highly recommended if you have the time.

The Ian Drury walk

A short walk in memory of Ian Drury,  taking in some North Chailey commons, farmland and woodland with views over the Weald, before or after a visit to a pub or tea room. 4.5 miles, 7.5 km   gently rolling countryside.

Wealden Woodland Wander

A walk through some of the nicest woods in the Low Weald north of Lewe,s together with a walk by the Ouse and a steam railway.  Lots of lovely picnic spots.  Particularly nice at bluebell time, on hot summer days when you want some shade, and in the autumn when the leaves are going brown. 8.71 Km / 5.41 Miles flat or gently undulating.

Rotherfield Ramble

An exploration of the delightful High Weald south of Tunbridge Wells  featuring woodland, streams and the hill village of Rotherfield, using the 29 bus from Lewes  7.5 miles

Frack Off!  Balcombe and the High Weald

 Forget Beachy Head and the South Downs, The High Weald is the best place for walking in Sussex.This walk, which is easy to get to from many parts of the south east, introduces you to the some joys of the High Weald and also to one of the threats to it. 6 miles, 10 km

Wild Wealden Woodland Wander

 Once the High Weald was heavily wooded.  A lot of woodland still remains. This walk takes you through the woodland that you can see from the train between Balcombe and Three Bridges Stations. The woodlands have been described as areas of “intimacy, seclusion and tranquillity  8.5 miles stating and finishing at Three Bridges station.

Marching to Battle

A lovely varied walk through Wealden woods and hills, using the London to Hastings Railway and ending at famous Battle.  It starts at Robertsbridge Station, which may seem a long way from Lewes, but if you consult Travel Line South East to get a good connection, you can be there in little more than an hour. 7.4 miles/12km.  Rolling hills and a couple of moderately steep climbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOT SOMETHING THAT OTHER PEOPLE OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT?

Send it to me at travelman@travelloglewes.co.uk  Deadline for each issue is the 25th of the month before.

SUBSCRIBING AND UNSUBSCRIBING

Spread the word – please forward this newsletter to anyone you think might like it.

If you would like to get your own copy of the newsletter each month visit www.travelloglewes.co.uk and sign up using the form on the home page

Left the area?  Bought a Hummer?  Mailbox too full?.  Unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of this newsletter.

FACEBOOK

The Travel Log Facebook page is now at https://www.facebook.com/travelloglewes. It will be used for latest updates between newsletters.  So if you visit the page and “like” it you will get updates

TWITTER

For even more updates you can follow Travel Log at @travelloglewes