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.

Monday 17 February 2020

Winter 2019/2020

The Winter edition of the Ramblers Walk magazine has an item about the Vanguard Way. We are 8th in Britains top ten trails. The London Loop and the Capital ring are joint 9th.

There are several ramblers who have contacted us with lots of comments and useful information. 
Andrew from Croydon noted the mud around Hasted Mill, temporary fencing around Gills Gap and returning to the route after getting lost. 
Carol is planning her Vanguard way walk and now has details of out website We wish her every success and hope she enjoys the routes. 
Owen has reported obstacles along section 4 including road closures, mud, floods, the kindness of a local postal worker and Raffles (Forest Row as a good point to have lunch)
Best wishes to James from Friends of the South Downs and their planned walk.
Lets hope Jim and Suzanne have an easier time after section 4. We always try to update the directions and thanks to Roger for volunteering to attach some Vanguard way discs