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.

Thursday 19 December 2019

October and November 2019

Renewing, changing and developing The Vanguard Way is on-going. Challenges in the last couple of months include: the use of permissive paths, gas repairs, fallen or leaning trees, stiles with or without barbed wire, signs and finger posts mislaid, hidden or overgrown, brambles growing everywhere, poor visibility, wet feet, mud, names made-up or real, unexpected detours, ambitions achieved and thwarted and finally finding taxis and pubs all make the Way more interesting

Croydon council are proposing to improve the network of paths in the Borough including The Vanguard Way

The Vanguard Way is mentioned in the latest Martello Magazine. The new editor of the Magazine is keen for walkers to know about and visit the Museum. 
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Congratulations to Ed and Sarah who have completed the Vanguards Way between April and November 2019. The route was well marked and very enjoyable in most parts. They found the gpx routes that have been published on the ViewRanger app particularly useful

Charlie from Sussex Coast Series has told us The Vanguard way is in their latest newsletter