Walking club celebrates 80 years

Members of Sussex Pathfinders walking group on one of its celebratory 80th anniversary walks. December 2011.
Members of Sussex Pathfinders walking group on one of its celebratory 80th anniversary walks. December 2011.

A WALKING club which traverses most of Sussex has celebrated its 80th anniversary.

Having launched in 1931, the Sussex Pathfinders Rambling Club has spent the last year celebrating its big anniversary with a series of special walks.

The club meets regularly for walks through some of the most beautiful parts of Sussex, including Worthing, Shoreham, Findon and Littlehampton.

Once a month during 2011, the club walked a route taken from each of the eight previous decades of its history.

The last celebratory event of the year, the anniversary walk for December, was first walked in 1977 when the members walked from Uckfield to Hadlow Down, stopping for lunch there, before returning to Uckfield walking through Buxted Park.

Like the previous anniversary walks, the group matched both the route and date of the walk.

Helen Kalkbrenner, from the club, said: “The December walk ended with a pleasant surprise when the walkers were presented with an anniversary cake and it was quickly demolished along with a welcome cup of tea, but not before a photo of the cake and all present was taken for the club’s records.

“It was a fitting end to the year’s celebrations.”

The club has just published its next programme of walks for January to June, 2012, and welcomes all who wish to join the walks.

On Sunday, the club meets at 10am in the car park at the junction of Storrington Rise and Long Meadow, Findon Valley, for a 10.5-mile walk through downland.

Further details can be found at www.sussex-pathfinders.co.uk