Vanguard Way 2021

Ah, the Vanguard Way. A surprisingly enjoyable jaunt through 66 miles of woodland and countryside, including the beautiful Ashdown Forest, largely through ankle deep mud and over stiles that have seen much better days. This is our last dress rehearsal before LEJOG+ next year. After this we just have to try to not each too much cake over winter so we can actually get up and down the hills that 2022 hopefully has in store for us.




BUDGET
Groceries: £46.91 each.
Booze: £19.50 each.
Tea/coffee: £9.75 each.
Grand Total: £98.36 each
Daily Average: £19.67 each

VGW Day 1: East Croydon To Limpsfield Chart

The Vanguard Way somewhat conveniently starts at East Croydon train station. We caught the 06:05 from Brighton, which meant we were up at some ungodly hour and even the seagulls eyed us suspiciously as we shuffled to the station and availed ourselves of hot caffeine beverages from the terminally perky chap at the kiosk slap […]

VGW Day 2: Limpsfield Chart To Colemans Hatch

We fell asleep to the sound of loads of owls last night, it was wonderful. At least I hope they were owls anyway. The alarm went off at 5.30am and it was still pitch black. I had it hanging from the ceiling of the tent, I obviously couldn’t see it and spent a good few […]

VGW Day 3: Colemans Hatch To Hawkhurst Common

It was really warm last night, warmer than October has any right being. That sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not, but I’m starting to resent my gorgeous, snuggly down jacket that I thought I’d get a shit tonne of use out of this week. I deliberately bought the cosiest jacket I could find within my […]

VGW Day 4: Hawkhurst Common To Westdene

Fuck me, this tent stinks of socks and unwashed humans and its only day four. Nothing like sleeping in a confined space when you don’t have access to a shower. We’ll be evacuating villages during our big walk next year when we roll in stinking like we do. In fairness to my really quite expensive […]

VGW Day 5: Westdene To Newhaven

The plan: Wake up early and pack up, make our way to the Cuckmere Meanders viewpoint where we’d have breakfast and watch the fiery skyball rise over arguably the best damn view in Sussex. The reality: Make it to the viewpoint, check the weather and comment, “Well it’s meant to be raining right now,” then […]