Long man of Wilmington

Berwick to Eastbourne

14-Jun-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Even Giants Rest after Giant Steps!

Lunch stop Wilmington, prior to ascending the South Downs. D.Allen Vivitar 5mp

01-Sep-06 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Walk from Berwick to Eastbourne

View of South Downs.Taken near Wilmington, Sussex. D.Allen Vivitar 5mp

01-Mar-07 • magyardave2002 on Flickr

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Bee and butterfly window

Wilmington church ... Berwick to Eastbourne

06-Jul-07 • moontiger on Flickr

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Windblown, near Beachy Head, 7 July '07

07-Jul-07 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Eastbourne Promenade, 7 July '07

07-Jul-07 • mew2005b on Flickr

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Foxgloves - Arlington Churchyard

Berwick to Eastbourne

14-Jun-08 • moontiger on Flickr

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Berwick to Eastbourne walk

A reservoir, then the South Downs Way past pretty villages (Jevington and Wilmington) and a ridge walk.

History

This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Updated: Sat, 28-Mar-20

Date # Post
Sun, 25-Aug-19 13

Sunday Walk: Tickle the giant's toes - Berwick to Eastbourne

20.5km (12.7 miles)
7/10
A South Downs walk, first visiting Arlington Reservoir (good for ducks) then Wilmington, famous for its hillside figure and churchyard yew. The church has a charming "bee and butterfly" window. After tickling the Long Man's toes, you're off across the downs, through Jevington, a historic smuggling village, and eventually down to the sea at Eastbourne.
It is possible to do a shorter (11.6 km 7.2 ml) walk, finishing in Polegate.
Hardnuts could extend the walk to include Beachy Head, but you lot don't strike me as hardnuts.
Trains: 9:55 from Victoria (Clapham Jct 10:02, E Croydon 10:12) to Brighton, change there to the Eastbourne train (arr 11:01 plat 4, dep 11:05 plat 7) arr Berwick 11:32. You don't get long at Brighton so don't mess about.
For a more leisurely interchange, you could get the 9:46 Ore train from Victoria (Clapham Jct 09:53, E Croydon 10:03) and change at Lewes onto the same Eastbourne train (arr 10:49 plat 1, dep 11:21 plat 3).
Return from Eastbourne at xx00. Get a return to Eastbourne.
Return from Polegate at xx:07 (shorter walk).
Lunch The Giant's Rest in Wilmington (0)1323870207
Tea: In Jevington, choose between the Eight Bells and the Jevington Tea Room.
It shouldn't be hard to find somewhere in Eastbourne. The Qualisea Fish Restaurant on Terminus Road comes recommended.
Directions here
T=2.27

13 walkers on a hot and sunny day. 11 set off from Berwick, including at least 3 first timers. We had some difficulty with the instructions early in the walk, but we were helped out by a friendly farmer who promised that a new, clearly marked path alongside a new fence, would be in place within a few weeks. We picked up another 2 walkers at the Giant’s Rest in Wilmington. They were the only pub lunchers. The majority of the remaining group picnicked beside the 1600 yew tree in the churchyard of St. Mary and Peter. The church is well worth a visit and we were especially fortunate to have among our group a learned authority who pointed us towards the easily missed, ancient carvings engraved in the church walls. After lunch we continued just below the imposing Long Man of Wilmington towards the village of Jevington. Some stopped for refreshments at the Eight Bells pub. The 7 who pressed on had believed the Jevington tea garden to be shut, only to learn later that it had in fact re opened in April. Others, we understand, had taken the opportunity to sample its delights. A light sea breeze was very welcome as we headed on over the downs and into Eastbourne. 2 found time for a refreshing swim in the wonderfully warm and clean sea before meeting up with 3 of the others in time to take the 6pm train back to London. A really lovely walk on a near perfect, if slightly too hot, day.
13 hot and sunny
Sat, 05-May-18 14

Berwick to Eastbourne

CW2 27 Berwick to Eastbourne
Length: 20.5 km (12.7 miles). Toughness: 7/10

Catch the 9:47 from London Victoria arrives Berwick 11:20. (Change at Lewes arr. 10:52, dep. 11:09) Direct return trains from Eastbourne xx:35 xx:55 until 20:35, 21:35, 22:18.
Buy a day return to Eastbourne. T=2.27
Intend going.
Is it only me who gets asked to do a walk report with comments like make it funny and not too long
and then references to how good Mr M Tiger reports are with words like 'pithy' and 'Northern humour'
So doing my best here you go
14
glorious
Good lunch at 8 Bells
Nice flora and fauna
Excellent company
Short and that will have to suffice as Tiga has set the funny bar way too high. Pooh
Sat, 26-Aug-17 13

Berwick to Eastbourne

Book 2 Walk 27 - Berwick to Eastbourne
Length: 13 miles / 23 km

Toughness: 7/10

This South Downs walk heads from inland Sussex to the coast, taking in a variety of scenery along the way. The walk starts by passing Arlington Reservoir before crossing farmland towards Wilmington, then ascends to the huge chalk figure of the Long Man. From here the route continues to the historic smuggling village of Jevington, then ascends the South Downs to follow ridges of chalk grassland with views in all directions, before descending to the sea at Eastbourne.

Trains: Take the 9:47 Ore/Littlehampton train from London Victoria (10:03 East Croydon), change at Polegate to arrive at Berwick at 11:17.
Return trains from Eastbourne at xx35/55 until 20:35 then less frequent.
Buy a day return to Eastbourne.

Lunch: The Giant's Rest at Wilmington (01323 870207) is 3 miles / 4.9km into the walk, an SWC favourite.

The Eight Bells, Jevington (01323 484442) is a possible mid-afternoon or late lunch stop.

Click here for full details and walk instructions.

T=2.27

I am going to do the Walk Tomorrow. But what we got to be Cautious about. When we take the Train from London Victoria. It could be absolutely packed like anything. Due to the Weekend Engineering works at London Waterloo and London Euston.
13 Seven on the platform at the allotted time and five came later after problems with a cancelled train. Beautiful walk with some walkers taking their first course in the first pub and their second course in the second pub. A small group didn't fancy the walk into Eastbourne so decided to take the bus. The rest of us walked along the seafront and got some chips for the journey home, which alas, was marred by delayed trains. All in all though, an enjoyable day out.
We searched in vain for the Jevington Tea Rooms. I thought I knew where they were, but it appears to be a private house and garden now, so it looks like they have gone. Still, the Eight Bells does a good pot of tea and chocolate brownie.
Sat, 18-Jun-16 11

Berwick to Eastbourne

Length: 21km / 13m
Toughness: 7/10
Transport: Take the 9:47 from London Victoria, change at Polegate to arrive at Berwick at 11:17
There are many trains back from Eastbourne

From the description:

This South Downs walk heads from inland Sussex to the coast, taking in a variety of scenery along the way. From Berwick the walk cuts across to the peaceful birdwatchers’ paradise of Arlington Reservoir before crossing farmland towards Wilmington, then ascends to the huge chalk figure of the Long Man. From here the route continues to the historic smuggling village of Jevington, then ascends the South Downs to follow ridges of chalk grassland with views in all directions, before descending to the seaside resort of Eastbourne and the possibility of extending the walk to the dramatic heights of Beachy Head. T=2.27

If Southern cancel the 947 get on the 950. It gets to Berwick at 11:20. You need to change in Brighton. You only have six minutes to change platforms (currently 5 to 8) you are looking for the Eastbourne train calling at Berwick. Good luck with that.
Does the wry 'Good luck' comment mean this appealing walk is no longer really viable tomorrow? Is the Southern 'strike'(I've seen the earlier posts about this)a continuing problem? Thanks.
It is impossible to say. Random trains get cancelled. If you are unlucky it will be the outward train, but the comment below specifies an alternative. Last week we went an alternative route on the Southbourne to Chichester walk to avoid Southern trains but had a short connecting train get cancelled, while the direct Southern one from Victoria ran on time. But we were only 20 minutes late starting the walk. On the return leg, the trains were fine. It is random.
Looking at some 'live running' train websites I would say that roughly 5 10% of Southern's south coast services are being cancelled because of "issue with train crew". Saturday isn't an official 'Strike Day' but this ongoing disruption seems to be the result of the RMT union encouraging their staff to report sick at short notice. See Walker's comment on the Forum page for more details.

If you're delayed by half an hour or more you can claim compensation and get part of your fare back. However, it's a fiddly process (surprise!) and even if everyone did this I don't suppose it will get this tetchy dispute settled any sooner.
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dull
No issues with Southern trains.
Sun, 04-May-14 0 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 11-May-13 8 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 16-Jun-12 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 25-Jun-11 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 23-Oct-10 Berwick to Eastbourne
Mon, 30-Aug-10 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 13-Jun-09 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sun, 15-Jun-08 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 24-May-08 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sun, 15-Jul-07 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 07-Jul-07 Berwick to Eastbourne
Sat, 17-Feb-07 Berwick to Eastbourne