Once again we were fortunate with the weather. Rain held off long enough for us to complete the walk and get home. Drizzle started as we set off after lunch but by the time some had struggled into waterproofs it had stopped. In spite of several rickety stiles and slippery footbridges we got round the route without mishap.
Twenty-two met at the car park on Hesworth Common just outside Fittleworth. From here we went via the trig point on the common to Hesworth Farm, continued on the footpath to Bigenor Farm and crossed the River Rother at Shopham Bridge. We headed south over the disused railway line and then turned right on a footpath to reach Burton Mill Pond where we stopped for coffee by the side of the road.
The next footpath took us over Newpiece Moor towards Burton Park. We turned left before the park on another footpath and headed for Crouch Farm just beyond Chingford Pond. On one section of the footpath we were on the West Sussex Literary Trail, the Serpent Trail and the Burton and Chingford Ponds Nature Trail.
From Crouch Farm we crossed The Warren to Sutton End, walked past Keyzaston Farm then turned left from the minor road onto a footpath that took us to Sutton where we stopped for lunch. Some ate in the church porch, some in the bus shelter, some by the village hall and the rest ate in the pub (The White Horse).
After lunch we took a footpath by the telephone box that passed through a field to a bridleway that led to Lords Piece. We crossed this on one of the many trails, reached Sutton Common and joined a bridleway that took us to the B2138. Turning left on this we crossed over the disused railway line again and the River Rother and came to Fittleworth. Here we turned left by the pub and then right on a footpath that led to Hesworth Common and the car park.
Map: OS X 121