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.

Wednesday 11 September 2019

The Vanguards Way blog is back. We're on a catch up for the last year. 
There have been butterflies on Oxted downs in June 2019.

Successful walkers in 2019 include Axel, Charlotte and Mark during the year. Congratulations! These are the ramblers who have told us about their success in completing the walk. We would like to know of others who also have completed this long distance trail.
Route clearance continues at a regular pace. Thanks to those who have given our working party information about overgrown paths, illegible and overgrown signs and unclimbable stiles. Route descriptions are regularly reassessed and reprised 

Our sad news is the recent death of Graham Butler who worked tirelessly for our long distant path and many other walking groups. The Vanguards are going to have a kissing gate erected in his memory.