Londoners inspired by Ditchling group’s ‘stile’

South Bank Ramblers' Committee.. soaked but happy to meet Harold and try out one of the stiles. SUS-151030-095711001
South Bank Ramblers' Committee.. soaked but happy to meet Harold and try out one of the stiles. SUS-151030-095711001

Monday Group are volunteer group based in Ditchling who maintain public rights of way and design, build and install stiles, bridges and steps allowing walkers to enjoy the beautiful Sussex countryside.

The group is now funded by donations from local organisations and private individuals, among them farmers and landowners who have come to respect its work.

It also raises its own funds by the sale of bird boxes, wildlife and insect habitats, coffee mornings, jumble sales etc.

Southbank Ramblers come mainly from the London Boroughs of Southwark & Lambeth and regularly walk throughout Sussex.

Sue Ellenby, Chair of Southbank Ramblers, said: “Often fed up with coming across stiles that are broken and often difficult to climb over, we came across some installed by the Monday Group. They are wonderful ! We had some spare money so decided to fund some stiles in an area that we love to walk in. They are a great design and they seem lovingly made with the initials of the maker on them.

“The group is an inspiration and really contributes to the enjoyment of the countryside.”

During 2015 the group funded £800 for the construction of five stiles on public footpaths between Plumpton & East Chiltington after seeing other stiles installed by Monday Group and contacting the group via their website www.mondaygroup.org

In torrential rain and strong wind on October 5 a group from Southbank Ramblers walked from Plumpton Station to Lewes via a number of the stiles they funded, they stopped for a brief photo call with local photographer Ian Pack.

Stiles funded by Southbank Walkers are installed at the following locations: Footpath Plumpton 13A at TQ 362 162, Footpath East Chiltington 41 at TQ 379 162, Footpath East Chiltington 41 at TQ 380 162, Footpath East Chiltington 41 at TQ 381 161, South Bank Ramblers’ stile to be installed after discussion with the landowner: Footpath East Chiltington 41 at TQ 382 160.

Report and pictures contributed by Ian Pack.