Vanguard Way

A long distance path of 66 miles, the Vanguard Way is a walking route linking south London to the English Channel. Highlights of the walk include the North Downs, Ashdown Forest, the South Downs and the Cuckmere valley. Maps, statistics and gpx route file for the walk are included.

Google Maps Open Source Maps

Statistics and Files
Start: East Croydon
Distance: 66 miles (106 km)
Grid Ref: TQ328658
Climbing: 1,883 metres
Walk time: 27-33 hours
Days: 4-6

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Vanguard Way is a long distance walk of around 66 miles (106 km) from East Croydon in outer London to Newhaven on the south coast of England. It passes through the counties of Surrey, Kent and East Sussex, between Croydon and Newhaven, East Sussex. It connects the London suburbs to the south coast, via the North Downs, Ashdown Forest, South Downs National Park and the Cuckmere valley. The Vanguard Way connects with central London with the Wandle Trail along the River Wandle from Croydon and is sometimes used as a walking route between London and Paris, connecting with the ferry ports on the south coast. The walk also connects with the London Outer Orbital Path, North Downs Way, Greensand Way, London Countryway, Eden Valley Walk, Forest Way, Wealdway, Sussex Border Path and the South Downs Way. Places on the Vanguard Way include Croydon, Woldingham, Crockham Hill, Forest Row, Blackboys, Berwick, Alfriston, Seaford and Newhaven.

Useful Links:
The Vanguard Way Website
London Hiker
Long Distance Walkers Association

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