From Polegate to Eastbourne Pier
Distance: 24.4 km
Today, Jezabel has been Dug to my Dig, Walking Dude #2. She kindly chauffeured us to Polegate, where I left off last time and we strode out for Folkington church at 11:30am.
Here we met countless cyclists on a 52 mile sponsored event for British Heart Foundation. Folkington was 26 miles into their route and they all seemed pretty exhausted at this, their halfway point.
We followed the Wealdway from Folkington, a stony trail at this point, south for 3 km to Jevington. The Eight Bells is the only pub (or shop) on this section of the Wealdway, so we stopped and sat outside, under a huge umbrella in the rain for a quick and early lunch.
The rain passed over without ever being more than a light shower and we set out East from Jevington for 2 km ever upwards to the top of the downs above Willingdon. At an elevation of 193 metres, we turned a sharp right onto a chalky path and headed south in the direction of Beachy Head.
Here the Wealdway and the South Downs Way use the same path. We passed two triangulation pillars beside the trail. Ideal for giving a definitive statement of “I am exactly here” on the map.
We paused for a water stop on a bench beside a round concrete pond with dire warnings about poisonous blue-green algae. I stuck with the water in my bottle and left the pond stuff well alone. Only a brief halt, and we were were on our way for the final 2km down towards Eastbourne.
The final Wealdway sign at the foot of Beachy Head Downs led onto Eastbourne’s tarmac and pavements. We strolled along the prom to the pier.
Where I had a celebratory pint to mark the completion of the Wealdway route.
To read how I did the whole route, search this WordPress site for blogs containing the word ‘Wealdway’ or start here.