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.

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

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