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The route runs along the border between East and West Sussex. It starts at East Grinstead, where it joins the Sussex Border path (running around the border of Sussex from Emsworth to Rye). The path ends at Fishersgate station in Portslade.

The route is way-marked with the green Martlett, and shown on Ordnance Survey mapping as part of the Sussex Border Path.

In general, the theme for this walk was mud. There was a lot of rain in the weeks before the walk, and much of the walk was severely effected. We had to paddle many times, and occasionally got wet feet. This significantly reduced our walking speed at times.  

There are photos in our photo album.


East Grinstead-Scaynes Hill (24 km)

The Bluebell LineWe drove to Scaynes Hill with 2 cars to the car-park just north of the village. We left one car there, and both went in the other car to East Grinstead. This car was parked on the road near the start of the walk. This took us well over an hour to do.

We started walking at 10:15.The walk starts on a disused railway, though soon turns off on to a bridleway.

The walk down to the reservoir and then around it was very wet and muddy. This slowed us down a lot. It took nearly 2 hours to walk the first 6km.

Once free of that things were better, though there were several parts of the path where we got muddy. By the time we were home we were caked in mud below the knee.

The walk crosses the Bluebell line on several occasions. We did see the steam train running up and down between East Grinstead and Sheffield Park.

We arrived back at the car at 17:00. Then we drove back to East Grinstead for the other car and then back home. Another 1¼ hours.


Scaynes Hill to Patcham (18 km)

The Chattri monumentWe started the day in the same way as yesterday; leaving one car in the car-park in Braypool Lane (Patchham), and the other at the car-park in Scaynes Hill. It did not take as long as yesterday, but we still spent 1½ hours driving during the day.

We started walking at 10:00.

Although there was no rain over-night, the ground was still incredibly wet under-foot.

It was a good day for wild-life spotting. Red Kites are becoming more common over the Downs now. We also saw 2 lots of deer. Our most prized spotting was a stoat. We saw him run in to his hole, so stood still there a while until he reappeared and darted across the path. 

Today's walk goes through the village of Ditchling; where we ate our lunch in the gardens looking at St Margaret's Church before enjoying a pint in the White horse PH.

We had a break (Hot Happy Bun) at The Chattri.

We arrived at the car at 17:30.


Patcham to Portslade (13 km)

We got a taxi to the Braypool Lane to start today. Much easier.

We were walking by 10:00. 

Walking conditions were a lot better today. The ground was wet, but it was a lot easier to pick a route around the worst bits.

The walk goes through Saddlescombe Farm, which has a campsite, cafe, and other things we would be interested to explore on another occasion. 

It took us under 2 hours to get to Devil's Dyke pub, where we had lunch.

From there, we went back down the hill to Portslade, and we arrived back in the Mile Oak Pub in well under 2 hours.

In summary; today's walk was the easiest of the trip.