Week 5 roundup – Pevensey Bay to Worthing

Wednesday 31st October to Tuesday 6th November

Pevensey Bay to Birling Gap 12.59 miles
Birling Gap to Newhaven 13.25 miles
Newhaven to Hove 13.39 miles
Hove to Worthing 10.02 miles
Worthing to Littlehampton 8.71 miles

Total miles 57.96


  • Watching the waves from the viewing platform splash Birling Gap’s beautiful white cliffs.
  • Beachy head and the Seven Sisters. Although I inwardly groan when I see a steep uphill section, I actually rather enjoy the effort of trying to maintain a steady rhythm and getting to the top. The views are usually worth it too.
  • Having to company of Jon (ex Sussex Search and Rescue, now RNLI) on the Birling Gap to Newhaven leg. Always lovely to have the company of someone who knows the area.
Seven sisters


It’s always a good idea to look behind from time to time. This lighthouse was hidden from the other direction.


Birling Gap


Viewing platform at Birling Gap


Newhaven bench


Approaching Brighton


Approaching Brighton


Shoreham local heroes sculpture with the Adur Ferry bridge in the background


Winching the Shoreham lifeboat back into its boathouse after a training exercise



Week 4 roundup – St Mary’s Bay to Pevensey Bay

Wednesday 24th October to Tuesday 30th

St Mary’s Bay to Lydd 11.54 miles
Lydd to Rye 11.75 miles
Rye to Hastings 12.85 miles
Hastings to Pevensey Bay 12.29 miles

Total mileage 48.43


  • One of the best things about this walk is the people I meet along the way. For example, whilst near the National Trust South Foreland Lighthouse near Dover (on top of the White Cliffs) I asked a couple of women whether I was on the right path. We got chatting and the next minute I’m sharing tea and cake with them in the cafe (thanks to Rose and Anne 😊).
  • The chalk trails and stunning views on the White Cliffs of Dover. After the flat promenades I’d been walking on it made a lovely change to hike on the undulating terrain more suited to my trail running shoes


  • Leaving Eric and Thelma’s. After the support they gave me, with B&B, route planning, and company whist walking, I felt a little vulnerable on my own in contrast.


Rye wall art


Hastings cockle club


Old building in Hastings


The mural at my B&B, Pevensey Bay



Week 3 roundup – Ramsgate to St Mary’s Bay

Wednesday 17th to Tuesday 23rd October

Ramsgate to Deal 14.13 miles
Deal to Dover 11.87 miles
Dover to Sandgate 9.66 miles
Sandgate to St Mary’s Bay 10.12 miles

Total mileage ~46


  • Having 2 days in Deal. Visiting the small but beautifully formed local museum and being given a tour of Deal by my very attentive host, yet another kind and generous member of Kent Search and Rescue.
  • The walk through the National Trust’s White Cliffs of Dover. Exactly the sort of trail I love; undulating, slightly challenging underfoot due to uneven nature, and stunning views. My trail running shoes were made for this and it felt great.
  • The exceptional support given to me by local litter picking gurus, Eric and Thelma, who not only invited me to stay for a few nights, allowing me to walk with just a day sack rather than my 10-11kg 50l jobbie, but drove me to the start points and collected me at the end.
  • Being bought a cup of tea and a cake in the National Trust’s lighthouse tea shop near Dover by 2 ladies I bumped into and got talking to.


  • None 🙂
Old lifeboat at Deal museum


Side street in Deal


Painted lift door, Ramsgate


“Hand and molecule” sculpture, Ramsgate


Pegwell Bay beach huts


Sandwich, a Medieval Cinque Port


White Cliffs Country Trail, Dover