Walkers celebrate Lewes Footpaths Group’s 50th anniversary

Mount Caburn, near Lewes
Mount Caburn, near Lewes

The Lewes Footpaths Group is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and is staging two special events this month.

The first takes place on Tuesday, August 12, when members of the group will be walking into Lewes from all directions, using the 10 footpaths that radiate from the county town.

They will end up at the Town Hall where the Mayor, Cllr Micheal Turner, will be entertaining the walkers to tea and buns.

‘The Great 50th Anniversary Walk Into Lewes’ features various distances, from two miles from Offham to nine and a half miles from Chailey and all distances in between from Ringmer, Rodmell and Plumpton and other starting points.

The second event is a dinner at Pelham House on the evening of Friday, August 15, with entertainment being provided by Miles Jenner and Susan Bain.

The Lewes Footpaths Group was formed in 1964 with the intention of improving and maintaining the footpaths around the town. Founding members would go out on work parties to clear paths, repair stiles and, in one location near Laughton, erect a footbridge over a stream.

Gradually over the years walks were organised. The programme developed to include walking holidays, in places as far west as Cornwall and as far north as Northumberland.

The work on the paths became more and more difficult to organise as health and safety regulations became more exacting and is no longer carried out by the group.

But it still has an active programme of walks and walking holidays, details of which can be found at www.lewesfootpathsgroup.org.uk