The Vanguard Way Blog has been started to complement the Vanguard Way official website: The Vanguard Way is a 66 mile, long distance footpath between East Croydon (South London) and the South Coast port of Newhaven.
Primarily we hope to record interesting sightings along the Vanguard Way with an emphasis on flora and fauna and other 'natural' phenomena. To offer a contribution, please email We will be interested to receive details of what has been sighted, where and when, together with a photo if available.

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Summer 2021

May 2021

Thanks to David from the Kent and Surrey Golf & County club  for installing the waymark posts. Presently the club house is not open or refreshments

Near Ashurstwood some  discs have gone missing and we hope to replace them soon


Congratulations to Dan and Rachel , Christof and Jill on completing the Vanguard Way.  

Thanks to Matthew from East Sussex CC for all the work he puts in to support us maintain the Vanguard Way in East Sussex

Thanks to Brian for the information about section 7 and the fields with crops which affect the routes given the VGW. He can confirm places to find water.  One is by the Martello Tower where there are also toilets, which close about 6pm, but there is another toilet in the car park, just before you come to Seaford Sailing Club, which remain open late.

May 2021

Valerie and her walking group were looking to complete the route by public transport

June 2021

Stuart wrote about his VGW walk in 1985 and the changes he has noticed since then. We are very grateful for the eventual donation of his photo album to the VGW Club

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Jan/Feb/March 2021

Feb 21

Improvements on the Vanguard Way

Highways England are currently upgrading the A27 east of Lewes but sadly there will be no crossing and walkers will have to continue to walk on the path, and as in the route instructions take great care when crossing. Improvements are being made continually 

Marcus has told us that that a large chunk west of Hope Gap is about to fall into the sea! A major upgrade to the cliff protection structure was already being considered, so this latest collapse may hasten the work.

March 21

In March Keith reported that an old finger post has been replaced with a new one.  It is right by the the entrance to the path but it is missing discs for the London Loop and the Vanguard Way.

Some problems are emerging after the lockdown year of 2020, a collapsed gravel path by the Cable Hut at Cuckmere Beach, a substantial landslip by the beach at Cuckmere Haven, repairs are being undertaken but the Newhaven Port Access Road is no longer closed.

April 21 

Congratulation to Gabor who has completed the Vanguard Way over three days, the first in 2021. Gabor’s comments included this comment ‘I cannot praise the guide enough, it's impeccable! Accurate, detailed, and the companion provides all the interesting facts about places I was passing through. It saved my skin a few times when I was about to take a wrong turn. Well done Colin.

All ramblers need to be aware that the contact email is  The route instructions may have changed and ramblers need to be aware of this.


Good wishes to Joel and Diana in their planned walk of the Vanguard Way

Daniel has completed the route in an amazingly fast time, the fastest we know about. Well done. And Daniel thank you for the obstruction information

Thursday, 4 February 2021

November 2020

Richard, who house is close to the VGW has told us he has in his garden ‘put up a sad scrap-iron sculpture of a centurion on his way home’ pointing out the way to walk the VGW. This is where it is close one of the local roman roads, this one is known to historians, somewhat blandly, have called it the London to Lewes Way. It effectively connected London with Newhaven, the Vanguard Way is its modern equivalent!”

We will be putting up a direction sign soon. 

Lets hope Neil is successful and finds the information emailed from Colin in his quest for safe parking as he walks the Way

A signage maintenance visit was made to the northern part of VGW Section 6, Poundgate to Buxted. At the start of the diverted route north of High Hurstwood the signs were clear but a number of broken or missing discs had to be replaced, and impromptu clearances made around stiles. More work remains to be done including repairing a broken fingerpost found hidden in overgrowth.

We met Steve, Martin and Ralph who were exploring the Way. Good wishes to them  

Congratulations to David and Elaine who separately completed the VGW both starting in August and completing in 4 stages by  November

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

September 2020

Good wishes to Susan and her friend who are proposing to walk the Vanguard Way in October.

Thanks to Andy from Nationals Trail & Rights of Way and The Southdowns National Park who are supporting us by putting up the VGW discs in 2021 in the southern part of the route.

David completed the Vanguard Way in October finding it an enjoyable and ‘a well waymarked walk’ and congratulations to the two Linda’s who also completed our walk during 2020 and enjoyed the view at Seaford Head.

John reported The Newhaven diversion has re-opened & the brambles by the railway line have also been cleared 

Thanks and best wishes to Katherine in her quest to complete the Vanguard way. It's good to have reports about problems met, conquered and acted on! 

Pete and Jill completed the walks in 3 days in 2019, no competition please, just enjoy! Please look at the link for information about their walk

Thank you to Patrick for his strapline ‘A Very Good Walk’ . Wonderful. 

October 2020

Good luck Jaz and her plans to run the Way and raise funds for her charity and congratulations to Tom who completed the way in 3 days.

Thanks to Matthew, The Principal Rights of way office at East Sussex Council about the news that the Way at Newhaven is now open

The Seaford Museum & Heritage Society Martello Magazine  have contacted us to confirm they are closed during the present pandemic, Their contact details are

Thursday, 8 October 2020

In the last two months many walkers have contacted us about walking and completing the Vanguard Way. Congratulations to everyone who is on the way to and has completed the walk

August 2020

Christof and Rui are planing to walk the VW. We hope you are successful 

Thanks to Mary Ann, the Countryside Access Officer at Surrey County Council who has agreed to help with a new fingerpost at Cernes Farm and the overgrowth of vegetation around FP472 on the Titsey Estate

September 2020

Congratulations to John and Jane on completing the Vanguard Way in 5 days with their interesting overnight stays. It’s good that weather was a plus and a great choice of the Vanguard Way after the Camino Frances!

Richard is looking to run the Vanguard Way in a shorter time than Jonny Muir in 2013 (10hr 27m) in October 

Daniel has completed the Vanguard Way in an amazingly quick time and added the information to the website and given us detailed information about parts of the Vanguard way. This is always useful.

Gary and Julian who are ‘delighted to have finished the Vanguard Way finding it a really enjoyable and interesting route with stunning scenery, especially between Forest Row and Buxted’.

Alison also completed the Vanguard Way over three Saturdays in September. It was good to hear how much you enjoyed it in the fine weather. Here’s hoping your exploration of the The London Loop and The Capital Ring go well.

Phil and his companion ran and ‘shuffled’ along the Vanguard way in 2 days! Let's hope your recovery is good. Thanks for the information about a blocked footpath

Good wishes to Sylvia and your planned walk.

The Vanguard Way can be found on Travel Log Lewes who added the VGW to their website

Thanks also to Chris about the bus information around Buxted and information about Community Transport Lewes  


There are reports of  cliff erosion around Coastguard  Cottages at the southern end but the beach can still be accessed and there are diversion signs around the back the cable hut. Beware of the changing tide!

Sunday, 2 August 2020

June 2020
Thanks to everyone who sends us information about the Way. Neil reported concerns about Gardiner Business Park and the closed barrier, and he also alerted us to holly overgrowth with interesting ways to manoeuvre round it. We could apply these ideas to other obstacles!
Thanks to Fay about her information abut the styles in section 4.
Julian contacted us about the Wealdon Round Walk (to be found the ramblers website) from a booklet he had found which mentioned The Vanguard Way as well as The Sussex Border Path and the Greensand Way

July 2020
More information from other walkers. Chris told us that in Section 4 the Wet Wood is part of Hammerswood near the Scout Camp and thanks to John for all his information about potential problems and suggestions about possible improvements to the route.
Thanks to Keith who was at the southern end of the Vanguard Way and reported construction near Newhaven East pier is affecting this part of the route. The Vanguards will be contacting various groups about support they can offer.
Planned changes to the Vanguard Way in Croydon have been delayed. We recognise that we need new signage on parts of the way and new posts will be installed around the Kent & Surrey Golf Club later in the year. We hope other waymark posts will be installed  later.


Cleared under growth thanks to John                                                                             Alison crossed the Greenwich Meridian Line

Congratulations to Barbara and Richard, Fiona and partner (at a great speed in 3.5 days), Alison with lovely photos of her crossing the Meridian Line, Christof and friends, John and last but not least Adrian for the successful completions of The Vanguard Way

Good wishes to Kevin on his planned walk of The Vanguard Way 

Monday, 22 June 2020

Lots of time has passed since our blog was updated but here goes. 
In March David, Clerk of Forest Row Parish Council commented that the Vanguard Way review ‘has been a bright light in an otherwise gloomy picture, and had been very pleased to circulate it to all our Councillors. A great and much appreciated effort, maintaining this splendid amenity, may it go from strength to strength’ . 
In April difficulties began to be reported about the path including an obstructed bridge, and trailing wires, a loose step at a stile near Woldingham, the possible rerouting of FP24 north of High Hurastwood. The new route uses VGW stickers on ESCC discs, where possible.
Later in May we were told that FP 51b immediately south of the railway was currently impassable and leaving an isolated finger post on FP 51a, Neil’s report about the status of a FP through Ludlay Estate and right of way near Lewes Road problems with the area around Edenbridge and Gardiner Business Park. 
In May lots of ramblers were on the trail, several using  OS maps, and centrally what to do about the industrial estate barrier? that blocks a foot path. Thefts from unattended buildings are on the up in the area which might explain the barrier. A small gap for pedestrian access could be created.  
Good suggestions about seeing things on the route including railways and local buildings