We finally reached Hastings on Saturday where after a short paddle and the presenting of certificates we went for fish & chips on the sea-front. We travelled 80 miles in 9 stages and went through or passed all the stations. Well done everyone.
Two of our group were even brave enough to go for a quick swim!
Engineering Works on both dates – Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge are all closed.
On Saturday, 26 August, we will travel on the train departing Victoria 10:01, Bromley South 10:27, Orpington 10:35, Sevenoaks 10:44, arriving Tonbridge 10:52. Change there, stay on Platform 3 and take the 10:59, arriving Battle 11:42.
Return from Hastings at 17:09, 17:39, or 09 or 50 minutes after each hour thereafter. Change at Tonbridge and stay on Platform 2 for Sevenoaks, Orpington, Bromley South, Victoria.
On Saturday, 2 September, we will travel on the train departing Cannon Street 10:20, Orpington 10:40, Sevenoaks 10:50, Tonbridge 11:00, arriving Battle 11:42.
Return from Hastings at 16:50, 17:20, 17:50, 18:20, 18:50, 19:50 to Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Cannon Street.
Very good walk (apart from the heavy shower shortly before lunch) with a total of 14 on the walk.
On this date, the repeat of Stage 8, there will be a rail replacement bus service between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, and a revised timetable. We will meet at Robertsbridge on arrival of the train due at 11:52 You can catch the train leaving Orpington 10:10, bus from Sevenoaks to Tonbridge, then dep. 11:19.
Alternatively, you can get the direct train departing London Bridge 10:23, East Croydon 10:41, Tonbridge 11:19, arr Robertsbridge 11:52.
Return from Battle at 16:04 or 16:27, bus from Tonbridge to Sevenoaks, arr. Orpington 17:38 or 18:08, etc. Or continue on train from Tonbridge to East Croydon and London Bridge, arriving 17:00, 17:30, etc.
As of 28 July, there are no planned train service disruptions on Saturday, 12 August.
Very successful Stage 7 week 1 walk … if a little wet! Luckily there was a friendly (and dry) pub near Robertsbridge station to welcome us.