The opening of a new public footpath in Balcombe is cause for celebration for the Mid Sussex Ramblers.
The group, which as been arranging guided walks for more than 40 years, helped plan and secure the new route.
Through the work of the West Sussex Local Access Forum, under the local Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP), this new path has been created to join Footpath 22Ba Balcombe Station to run south, parallel to the B2036 (west side), to meet Footpaths 13Ba and 17Ba near Kemps Farm.
It provides a safer link between these existing footpaths, avoiding the need to use a very busy and dangerous stretch of the B2036 Balcombe to Cuckfield Road.
To celebrate the opening of this new path, the Mid Sussex Ramblers have arranged a walk, starting from Balcombe Station car park ((£1 charge), map ref.GR135/TQ 306300, on Saturday May 31 at 2pm.
This will be a circular walk of 4.75 miles, going to the west of the village and returning via the new path.
People are invited ‘to come along and support this excellent opportunity to use this new path’.
The organisation also wishes to publicly thanks member Dick Mercer for proposing the path, as well as Balcombe Estates and the West Sussex Local Access Forum for helping make it a reality.
“Walking in Mid Sussex continues to be as popular as ever and the Mid Sussex Ramblers provide a full and varied programme of walks throughout the year,” said Tony Osmand.
“All those who walk with them enjoy the benefits which this can provide, including health, fresh air and social contact.
“Come along and see for yourself.”
Full details are on their website www.midsussexramblers.co.uk.