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Named discsVanguard Way

E Sussex, Gtr London, Kent, Surrey

106 km / 66 miles
A route from the South London suburbs to the sea, it crosses the North Downs, Ashdown Forest and South Downs to finish along the Sussex Heritage Coast over Seaford Head to Newhaven.

A new route in the Edenbridge area has been developed due to the increase in traffic on lanes used by the original route: it is almost entirely on footpaths and has the added advantage that it will go closer to stations at Edenbridge with just one link, whereas previously there were two separate links. Less substantial route changes include new links with Warlingham, Haxted Mill, Gabriel's Fishery and Seaford Station, and an optional alternative route into Forest Row to avoid a footpath that is currently in a dreadful state. Route guides are available to download free from the Vanguard Way website below.

It connects with the Wandle Trail and the London Loop in Greater London and numerous other long distance paths including the North Downs, Greensand, Eden Valley and South Downs Ways.

The Wandle Trail (11 miles) provides a link to the Thames Path National Trail at Wandsworth, enabling a route from the Thames to the sea.

UPDATE (July 2020) - There is a well marked diversion to the route from south of Stroods (GR 486 274) to near the church at High Hurstwood (GR 494 265). It appears that this is a long time diversion and has been in place since at least May 2019.


Waymark: Named discs
Path Type: Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Named discs
Attributes: Average Gradients
Start: TQ328658 - East Croydon Railway Station, Gtr London View on StreetMap
Finish: TQ449009 - Newhaven Harbour, E Sussex View on StreetMap
Web Sites: Vanguard Way Tim Bertuchi - Vanguard Way Annierak - Vanguard Way [blog] Pete's Trip Reports - Vanguard Way [blog] A walker's journal - The Vanguard Way [blog] London Hiker - From London to the sea : the Vanguard Way [blog]

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External download The Vanguard Way - from the suburbs to the sea - an introduction  (Vanguards Rambling Club  - 2014 ) Download
Guidebook Vanguard Way : the walk from East Croydon to Newhaven  (S B Publications  - 2009 )
Certificate Certificate for Vanguard Way  (Vanguards Rambling Club )
Badge Badge for Vanguard Way  (Vanguards Rambling Club )
External download Vanguard Way Companion  (Vanguards Rambling Club  - 2014 ) Download

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
OS Landranger 176, 177, 187, 188, 198, 199
OS Landranger Active 176, 177, 187, 188, 198, 199
OS Explorer 11, 25, 135, 146, 147, 161
OS Explorer Active 11, 25, 135, 146, 147, 161

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Route Profile:

106.5 km (66.2 miles)
1,859 m (6,099 ft) ascent
260 m (853 ft)  maximum height

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