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Mike Bates's Announcements (34)

Walk with Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

We have a special walk in Woodingdean this Saturday (30 November) when Lloyd Russell-Moyle, the new MP for Kemptown, will be our guest.  Start time is 10.15 at the corner of Falmer Road and Bexhill Road (or 9.30 at Preston Park station).  Come and join us for a beautiful five mile Downland walk and a chance to chat with our newest local MP.  More details in the walks programme.

Added by Mike Bates on September 26, 2017 at 15:22 — No Comments

Christmas Lunch

This year's BAHR Christmas Lunch will take place on Thursday 14 December, starting with drinks at 12.30, at the Jury's Inn, Brighton seafront.  Cost £20 per head for a three course buffet, with lots of choices, plus tea/coffee and mince pies, and inclusive of tip.  Please book your place as soon as possible with Anthony on 07854 744462 or anthony@dansnet.com

As usual, the lunch will be preceded by a walk.  Details to follow on…


Added by Mike Bates on September 24, 2017 at 18:40 — No Comments


Don’t forget the 2017 BAHR summer barbecue.  Come along and join us on Saturday 1 July between 4.30 and 9.00pm for a relaxing get-together by the camp fire.  Please bring your picnic gear, and your food and drink.  We will provide the barbecues up to 8.00pm.  Hot drinks will be available.

Where? Mick Thatcher’s field in Spatham Lane, Ditchling.  To reach there, turn right at the cross roads in Ditchling village on…


Added by Mike Bates on June 24, 2017 at 20:56 — No Comments

First Aid Training for BAHR Members

We have arranged a First Aid course for BAHR members with the Sussex First Aid Centre on Saturday 24 June from 9.30am - 4.00pm. To be held at The Ladies Mile pub in Patcham.  Certificates will be awarded.  12 places will cost £15 per head, with the balance subsidised by Ramblers.

Applications to me as soon as possible chair@bahr.org.uk. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, though priority will be given to…


Added by Mike Bates on April 24, 2017 at 12:31 — No Comments

Whiteways Circular: Saturday 7 January

Still trying to work off evidence of the Christmas excesses?  Then join me for a 9.5 mile walk through some beautiful West Sussex scenery this Saturday.  I've decided to reverse the route, but you'll still get your dose of woodland and downland scenery.  Full details in the Walks Programme.

Mike Bates 

Added by Mike Bates on January 4, 2017 at 15:21 — No Comments

WALK CANCELLED: Saturday 12 November: Whiteways circular

In view of the forecast of heavy rain for most of tomorrow (Saturday) and the distance etc, I have reluctantly decided to POSTPONE this walk.  Apologies to anyone who was looking forward to a real soaking.  The walk has been re-scheduled for Saturday 7 January.  Mike

Added by Mike Bates on November 11, 2016 at 17:31 — No Comments

BAHR Christmas Lunch: 15 December

The BAHR Christmas lunch will be held this year on Thursday 15 December at 12.30 at Jurys Inn on Brighton seafront.  It will be preceded by a walk starting at the venue at 10.00am.  The lunch will comprise three courses, including the usual Christmas fare and vegetarian options, served buffet style, plus mince pies and coffee/tea for a bargain price of £16 per head.  Anthony Hall is ready to receive your bookings now with cash or cheque on 01273 500871 or …


Added by Mike Bates on September 14, 2016 at 12:24 — No Comments


Due to the wet conditions in Mick's field, Saturday's barbecue has been CANCELLED.  Apologies to all those members who were planning to come along.  The four mile walk will still take place, including a visit to Ditchling Fair, starting at 3.00pm.  The location for the start has been switched to the car park at the foot of Ditchling Beacon in Underhill Lane (OS ref:…


Added by Mike Bates on June 17, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments


A group of students from the Media Studies Department of Sussex University joined a couple of our walks, on 14 and 21 April, with a view to making a short film about rambling on the Downs, featuring BAHR as their subject.  You can view the result by clicking on this link:…


Added by Mike Bates on May 12, 2016 at 20:19 — No Comments

Bolney Circular: Thursday 5 May

The weather's set fair, the bluebells are still out, and the mud's gone.  So come and join me for a lovely 6.2 mile walk between Bolney and Cuckfield and return this Thursday.  It's gently undulating, with some great woodland scenery, and only four stiles.  Refreshments afterwards at The Eight Bells.  Hope to see you there!  Mike

Added by Mike Bates on May 3, 2016 at 9:19 — No Comments

Next Joint Walk with Healthwalks: Monday 2 May

Looking for something to do on Bank Holiday Monday?  Then come and join us for the next joint walk with Healthwalks.  It's a five mile circular walk around Shoreham, taking in the river Adur, the beach and the Old Fort.  We leave from the front of the Shoreham Centre at 10.30.  Parking at the Centre is free, or take bus nos. 2 or 700, or the train (Shoreham by Sea station is just two minutes walk away).  Remember it will be Sunday service.  Look forward to seeing you there.



Added by Mike Bates on April 29, 2016 at 18:07 — No Comments

Anyone interested in giving their views on the EU Referendum to BBC Radio Sussex?

We've been approached by BBC Radio Sussex who are seeking four volunteers to take part, whilst on a walk, in a series of four discussion programmes leading up to the EU Referendum.  The four walks, lasting between one and two hours, will take place on Friday 27 May and 3,10, and 17 June.  They're looking for somebody who will definitely vote out, somebody who will definitely vote remain, and two who have not yet made up their minds, but who are leaning in each direction respectively.  The…


Added by Mike Bates on April 24, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

REMINDER: First Healthwalks/Ramblers walk this Monday

The first joint walk between B&H Ramblers and Healthwalks takes place next Monday, starting at 10.30 from the Roedean Cafe on the seafront.  It's a four-and-a-half mile circular, with some climbing, but offering wonderful views over the marina and Ovingdean.  Come and join us!  Mike Bates  

Added by Mike Bates on April 1, 2016 at 9:43 — No Comments


RWH is organising a series of 'UK Taster Events' during 2016/17, aimed at local walking groups.  The dates and prices will only be fixed after the level of interest has been established, but all will include three nights full board, two days of organised moderate walks plus transport, a doggy bag, and discounts on future RWH holidays.  They will cost, depending on final arrangements, between £175 and £250 per person.

The locations are 1)Classic Sidmouth,  2)Southern Lakeland, 3) North…


Added by Mike Bates on January 25, 2016 at 19:20 — No Comments

Early history of BAHR

Members might be interested to read about the early history of BAHR (RA2000), which has just been added to the "Committee Stuff" page.  It was written by a former Chairman, the late Ian Carnochan some time in the mid- to late-1980s and recently passed to us by his widow, Sue.

Mike Bates

Added by Mike Bates on January 8, 2016 at 19:06 — 1 Comment

Steyning/Washington circular: Saturday 21st November 2015

If you fancy a decent workout after a busy week come and join me this Saturday for a breeze along the Downs to Washington, and back to Steyning after lunch at the Frankland Arms (or bring a picnic).  The car park has been changed from the original plan (already amended on the website).  It will be muddy, so walking poles are strongly recommended.  Hope to see you there.  Mike

Added by Mike Bates on November 17, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

A Date for The Diary: Christmas Lunch

This year's BAHR Thursday Christmas Lunch will take place on Thursday 10 December at the Hangleton Manor in Hove (note new venue). Further details will issue in due course, but please make a note  of the date in your diaries now.  Hope to see you there.  Mike

Added by Mike Bates on July 4, 2015 at 21:57 — 1 Comment

Reminder: Angmering Estate circular walk this Thursday 23 April

The bluebells are out!  They're not at their peak yet, but still a pretty good display.  So come and join me on a beautiful walk this Thursday, which also offers shady woodland, stunning downland scenery and fantastic views across West Sussex.  It's mud-free but undulating, with a couple of steep(ish) climbs and descents, so walking poles are recommended.  Refreshments afterwards at the Fox Inn at Patching.

To reach the car park, take the A27 westwards and then a U-turn just…


Added by Mike Bates on April 21, 2015 at 17:57 — No Comments

Chiddingly circular walk: Thursday 16 April

Please join me, in Barrie's absence, this Thursday for a lovely Wealden walk.  It promises to be dry and warm, the woodland flowers are in bloom, and the mud has gone. It's relatively flat but, be warned, there will be a lot of stiles! Refreshments afterwards at the welcoming Six Bells.  Mike

Added by Mike Bates on April 13, 2015 at 9:39 — No Comments

East Hoathley circular walk this Thursday

I have a lovely Wealden walk this Thursday but, be warned, it will be very muddy.  Having just completed the pre-walk, I've decided to shorten the route to five miles.  However, with the mud, it will still feel like at least six!  Sturdy waterproof boots and walking poles are strongly recommended. Lunch/drinks afterwards at the Kings Head pub.  Mike

Added by Mike Bates on December 1, 2014 at 11:53 — No Comments

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