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Updates for Book 1

Updates for Book 1 - Applicable to all first additions and to the relevant parts of second editions.

Image: Vermuyden’s Drain near Chatteris in Cambridgeshire

Latest updates – January 2016

Page 7:  the route through Lewes Priory has altered, but should not cause any confusion.

 

Page 12: line 3 – Please note that the road to the stables is a private road, owned by the racecourse.  The owners do not object to the GMT crossing the road as long as you keep to the way-marked route.

 

Pages 14 and 16:  we have changed the route so that it follows the path by Sewell’s Farm (top of map on page 15).  From the bottom of page 14 after crossing the footbridge the directions are now –

 

Bear left and climb very gently to gap in hedgerow ahead.  Go through, crossing disused railway, and bear right across field to gap in hedge.  Cross stile, keep ahead across field, cross stile and bear right down broad grassy track between fences.  Go over stream and follow track as it curves right to run parallel to hedge on your left.  Go into next field and keep ahead to a bridge that takes you into the next field.  Bear left and follow path to a bridge and stile which you cross.  Keep ahead to the end of the fence line around the sewage works.  (Re-join the route at line 10.)

 

Page 16: this clarifies the directions for this part of the route.  Lines 21 to 36 now read –

 

Cross footbridge and stile and follow path right.  Keep ahead through trees with tennis court on your left.  Cross stile, turn left and follow fence line, then go diagonally right to find a double stile out of the corner of the field.  Bear slightly left across field to find stile in fence opposite.  Cross stile and stream to follow path ahead with fence on your right, more or less on the Meridian.  Enter the woods, cross planks over ditch and follow the fairly clear path to find a bridge over a stream.  Leave woods through gate and go ahead across field towards a gate seen some 200m ahead in the middle of the field.  Go through kiss gate and follow path between fences to second kiss gate.  Keep ahead to post and follow diverted path going left through trees between ponds and then bear right across grass to road, Cinder Hill, where you turn right.

 

Page 18: the sunken path at the top of the page now stays on the right side of the fence.  Lines 2 to 4 now read –

 

Cross stile ahead and follow path with fence on your left to the valley floor.  Cross stream and climb path ahead.

 

Page 18: the path to Cox’s Farm has changed a little.  Paragraph 2 now reads –

 

Cross to go left down Coldharbour Lane.  At the end turn right through gate into stable yard.  Keep ahead through two sets of paired gates, crossing old railway, and follow path between fences.  Go through gate to large gate ahead which takes you onto a track that takes you through Cox’s Farm

 

Pages 19 and first seven lines of page 20:  the path through Lane End Common has been altered.  The directions now read –

 

At the road turn left, cross bridge over the deep cutting of the old railway line, turn right and then after a few metres turn left through a gate into woodland.  Follow path ahead, under power lines, for 100m then follow path as it bears right.  Keep ahead for 60m to an open crossing of grassy tracks.  Turn left and walk for 50m to where the power lines cross.  Just before going under the power lines, turn right through trees along grassy path.  Drop down gently and after 100m, as path turns right, keep ahead along narrower path that soon bears left towards trees and becomes less distinct.  Walk through the trees to come out onto the busy A275 at a small lay-by.  

 

Even this path may be altered because they are clearing a lot of bracken and new paths are appearing out of the undergrowth.

 

Page 21: the first three lines now read –

 

Go through kiss gate and follow path with fence on your right to stile.  Cross, go right and follow the right-hand edge of the field, then fence and then more woods on your right.

 

Page 21: last paragraph: the stile at the edge of the woods has been replaced by a gate and it now leads into a path between trees as it crosses the field, which is now a campsite.

 

Pages 22 and 23: the directions that follow the Sussex Ouse Navigation information box now read –

 

From The Sloop, walk along the road and cross the old canal by the pub and soon the River Ouse itself.  Turn immediately right into a farm track and go through gate on your left.  Turn right (following West Sussex Border Path) and head for a stile just to the left of the farm buildings.  Cross and continue on the same line to a gate in the fence opposite.  Cross stream and continue on the same heading to cross a footbridge in the middle of the field.  Keep ahead and find way out of field across a stream into next field.  Turn left and keep ahead with woods on both sides.  The Bluebell Railway line is ahead but not immediately apparent.  Find gate ahead on right which leads you under a brick railway bridge and then climb on a track to an open field.  Turn left and follow the edge of the field with trees on your left until you come to the corner of the woods.  The path ahead is not clear.  It follows our yellow line, not the OS marked path.

Go through gap and bear right.  If there is a crop you may have to hunt for the start of the path that takes you up a gentle climb to some nondescript trees that surround a well-hidden pond (1) and also tend to obscure the fingerpost which indicates the path going to the left of the pond.  Stay more or less on the same heading, going to the right of an odd raised “hedgerow” and then head for King’s Woods.  Follow the path through to the road. (A path/track joins from the left and after a few metres goes right.  You follow the left path).  At the road, cross over to a concrete track and climb gently until you reach a pond where you go straight ahead onto a grassy track.  As you enter Northland Wood, bear left and then right round the fence and follow the footpath as it winds through the woods.  When you reach the edge of the woods, cross stile into field, turn right and stay on path along right edge of field.

You will notice that quite a number of stiles have been replaced by gates in this section of the walk.

 

Page 24: the first paragraph now reads –

 

After about 300m you reach quite a small gap in the hedge ahead with a stile on the right.  This appears to be superfluous as it easier to walk through the gap.  The West Sussex Border Path goes left, but you bear right and keep along right edge of field.

 

Page 26: in the middle of the page 200m should be 400m.

 

Page 27: the entrance to the narrow path is only 50m beyond the bench by the tree.

 

Page 30: the route through the grounds of Weir Wood Reservoir and the next section to East Grinstead has changed.  The first paragraph below the Weir Wood Reservoir information box now reads –

 

Go ahead through small gate towards the grassy dam-wall, following the signs for the Millennium Walk.  Follow the path right and climb gently between fences.  Keep ahead to right of pylon, go through kiss gate and head across field, under low-level power lines to gate opposite with East Grinstead church ahead to the left.  Keep ahead on path to drop down to stile in corner of field.  Cross stile, go through kiss gate and follow right-hand edge of field to gate where you cross the border path where it goes over larger footbridge (1).  Go through gate, turn left over small footbridge and stile and continue along edge of field with fence and stream on your right.  Leave the field over a stile on your right, cross footbridge into another field and keep ahead on the path which is now enclosed between fences and takes you to another footbridge.  Stay on the fenced path as it climbs to a stile in a hedge ahead,  Turn right into enclose path, cross second stile and continue between more fences to the gate in the corner of the field.

 

Page 36:  the route through Alders Wood has not changed but the green arrows have all but faded away.  Also the young trees have unsurprisingly grown taller and the bushes before you join the bridleway are now more like trees.

 

Page 38: the route now follows a path to the train station, rather than on the road.  Lines 5 to 9 now read –

 

When you come out onto the B2028 turn left and walk along the pavement to the pelican crossing at the entrance of Lingfield Park Race Course.  Turn right over road and go ahead onto broad, macadamised path which you follow for 600m to the front of the railway station.  Turn left to walk along left-hand pavement and at road cross ahead, into footpath that takes you into Lingfield, coming out at the Star Inn.

 

Page 40:  at the top of the page a clearer way of writing the first sentence is –

 

Cross stile by gate into next field and climb gently up left edge of field to leave over stile on your left in the corner of the field.

 

Page 40: the sign to Pound Farm Cottage has been removed.

 

Page 41: the route through Foyle Farm is a little circuitous but easy enough.  The owner is in discussion with the Rights of Way people about path diversions because of people intruding into his garden.  He declined our offer of placing more of our waymarks to keep you on the straight and narrow.  We are not aware of any diversions at present.

 

Page 48, line 10: the radio mast has been removed and an extra style has been added in the field before Wash Pond Lane.  The route before you reach Chelsham Court remains fairly obvious.

 

Page 48, line 22: after Chelsham Court Farm the route may be less obvious especially when you are trying to find the path into the next field, we admit that it is not that clear and placing waymarks was difficult.  Good luck!

 

Page 50, line 7: Addington High School is now called Meridian High School.

 

Page 50, paragraph 2, line 3: the open grassy area is called Milne Park.

 

Page 50, paragraph 2, lines 13 & 14:  the marker posts have all dissappeared.  You need to go to the right of the trees which is accomplished by bearing right rather than following the directions to "continue straight ahead".

 

Page 52: at the top of the page, Vic Morgan tells us that the gas-pumping station and water treatment works by the A2022 are more noticeable than the rugby club mentioned in the guide

 

Page 53:  the first three lines of the directions now reads

 

Page 63: Vic Morgan suggests that when walkers reach the entrance gate to the Maritime Museum they cross ahead into the grounds of the old Naval College (now the University of Greenwich), walk ahead to the main path, turn left and follow it towards Cutty Sark, thus avoiding a very busy road.

 

Small changes to the route have not been included above if it is clear that they are unlikely to cause confusion about the way forward.

 

Last update – March 2017

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Updates for Book 1

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Page 12: line 3 – Please note that the road to the stables is a private road, owned by the racecourse.  The owners do not object to the GMT crossing the road as long as you keep to the way-marked route.

 

Page 14: the last paragraph in some copies of the second edition - the unmade road has a road sign again, which is Grange Road.

 

Page 16, line 29: the application to divert the path was granted.  Follow the path left through trees between ponds and then bear right across grass to road, Cinder Hill, where you turn right.  

 

Page 18: the sunken path at the top of the page now stays on the right side of the fence.  Lines 2 to 4 now read –

 

Cross stile ahead and follow path with fence on your left to the valley floor.  Cross stream and climb path ahead.

 

Page 18: the path to Cox’s Farm has changed a little.  Paragraph 2 now reads –

 

Cross to go left down Coldharbour Lane.  At the end turn right through gate into stable yard.  Keep ahead through two sets of paired gates, crossing old railway, and follow path between fences.  Go through gate to large gate ahead which takes you onto a track that takes you through Cox’s Farm

 

Pages 19 and first seven lines of page 20:  the path through Lane End Common is changing because they are clearing a lot of bracken.  It has not been possible to place waymarks for the moment but if you follow the directions the route through is reasonably easy to find.  It is much easier to spot the Meridian Marker now that they have cleared the bracken.

 

Page 21: the first three lines now read –

 

Go through kiss gate and follow path with fence on your right to stile.  Cross, go right and follow the right-hand edge of the field, then fence and then more woods on your right.

 

Page 21: last paragraph: the stile at the edge of the woods has been replaced by a gate and it now leads into a path between trees as it crosses the field, which is now a campsite.

 

Pages 22 and 23: the directions that follow the Sussex Ouse Navigation information box now read –

 

From The Sloop, walk along the road and cross the old canal by the pub and soon the River Ouse itself.  Turn immediately right into a farm track and go through gate on your left.  Turn right (following West Sussex Border Path) and head for a stile just to the left of the farm buildings.  Cross and continue on the same line to a gate in the fence opposite.  Cross stream and continue on the same heading to cross a footbridge in the middle of the field.  Keep ahead and find way out of field across a stream into next field.  Turn left and keep ahead with woods on both sides.  The Bluebell Railway line is ahead but not immediately apparent.  Find gate ahead on right which leads you under a brick railway bridge and then climb on a track to an open field.  Turn left and follow the edge of the field with trees on your left until you come to the corner of the woods.  The path ahead is not clear.  It follows our yellow line, not the OS marked path.

Go through gap and bear right.  If there is a crop you may have to hunt for the start of the path that takes you up a gentle climb to some nondescript trees that surround a well-hidden pond (1) and also tend to obscure the fingerpost which indicates the path going to the left of the pond.  Stay more or less on the same heading, going to the right of an odd raised “hedgerow” and then head for King’s Woods.  Follow the path through to the road. (A path/track joins from the left and after a few metres goes right.  Her you  keep left).  At the road, cross over to a concrete track and climb gently until you reach a pond where you go straight ahead onto a grassy track.  As you enter Northland Wood, bear left and then right round the fence and follow the footpath as it winds through the woods.  When you reach the edge of the woods, cross stile into field, turn right and stay on path along right edge of field.

You will notice that quite a number of stiles have been replaced by gates in this section of the walk.

 

Page 30: the route through the grounds of Weir Wood Reservoir and the next section to East Grinstead has changed.  The first paragraph below the Weir Wood Reservoir information box now reads –

 

Go ahead through small gate towards the grassy dam-wall, following the signs for the Millennium Walk.  Follow the path right and climb gently between fences.  Keep ahead to right of pylon, go through kiss gate and head across field, under low-level power lines to gate opposite with East Grinstead church ahead to the left.  Keep ahead on path to drop down to stile in corner of field.  Cross stile, go through kiss gate and follow right-hand edge of field to gate where you cross the border path where it goes over larger footbridge (1).  Go through gate, turn left over small footbridge and stile and continue along edge of field with fence and stream on your right.  Leave the field over a stile on your right, cross footbridge into another field and keep ahead on the path which is now enclosed between fences and takes you to another footbridge.  Stay on the fenced path as it climbs to a stile in a hedge ahead,  Turn right into enclose path, cross second stile and continue between more fences to the gate in the corner of the field.

 

Page36:  the route through Alders Wood has not changed but the green arrows have all but faded away.  Also the young trees have unsurprisingly grown taller and the bushes before you join the bridleway are now more like trees.

 

Page 40: the sign to Pound Farm Cottage has been removed.

 

Page 41: the route through Foyle Farm is a little circuitous but easy enough.  The owner is in discussion with the Rights of Way people about path diversions because of people intruding into his garden.  He declined our offer of placing more of our waymarks to keep you on the “straight and narrow”.  We are not aware of any diversions at present.

 

Page 48, line 10: the radio mast has been removed and an extra style has been added in the field before Wash Pond Lane.  The route before you reach Chelsham Court remains fairly obvious.

 

Page 48, line 22: after Chelsham Court Farm the route may be less obvious especially when you are trying to find the path into the next field, we admit that it is not that clear and placing waymarks was difficult.  Good luck!

 

Page 52: at the top of the page, Vic Morgan tells us that the gas-pumping station and water treatment works by the A2022 are more noticeable than the rugby club mentioned in the guide

 

Page 53: this is another piece of information from Vic Morgan.  The ditch that you cross before turning left off the London Loop is so overgrown that you may not realise that it is a ditch at all.

 

Page 63: Vic Morgan suggests that when walkers reach the entrance gate to the Maritime Museum they cross ahead into the grounds of the old Naval College (now the University of Greenwich), walk ahead to the main path, turn left and follow it towards Cutty Sark, thus avoiding a very busy road.

 

Small changes to the route have not been included above if it is clear that they are unlikely to cause confusion about the way forward.

 

 

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