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Vanguard Way

106 km / 66 miles

E Sussex, Gtr London, Kent, Surrey
A route from the South London suburbs to the sea, it crosses the North Downs, Ashdown Forest and South Downs to finish along the Sussex Heritage Coast over Seaford Head to Newhaven.

A new route in the Edenbridge area has been developed due to the increase in traffic on lanes used by the original route: itís almost entirely on footpaths and has the added advantage that it will go closer to stations at Edenbridge with just one link, whereas previously there were two separate links. Less substantial route changes include new links with Warlingham, Haxted Mill, Gabrielís Fishery and Seaford Station, and an optional alternative route into Forest Row to avoid a footpath that is currently in a dreadful state. The new route and other changes will go live when a new edition of the north-south version of the route guide is published in April 2019. Route guides are available to download free from the Vanguard Way website below.

It connects with the Wandle Trail and the London Loop in Greater London and numerous other long distance paths including the North Downs, Greensand, Eden Valley and South Downs Ways.

The official route guide is published by the Vanguards Rambling Club who developed the route.

The Wandle Trail (11 miles) provides a link to the Thames Path National Trail at Wandsworth, enabling a route from the Thames to the sea.

Strider News - April 2019 (Path Update)

Updated route guide in preparation (expected Spring 2019).


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Named discs
Average Gradients; Coastal; Heath
TQ328658 - East Croydon Railway Station, Gtr London
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TQ449009 - Newhaven Harbour, E Sussex
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Certificate for Vanguard Way (Vanguards Rambling Club)
Badge for Vanguard Way (Vanguards Rambling Club)
Wandle Guide (Sutton London Borough - 1997)
Wandle Trail (Wandle Industrial Museum)
External PDF
Vanguard Way Companion (Vanguards Rambling Club - 2014)

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Brambletye Hotel  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
45 Km
Sunnymead Farm Cottages  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
60 Km
Deans Place Hotel  (bookable online)
< 1 Km
91 Km
B & B Accommodation
Newhaven Lodge  (bookable online)
1 Km
106 Km

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Route Profile:

106.5 Km (66.2 miles)
1,859 m (6,099 ft) ascent
260 m (853 ft)  maximum height