A new book of 35 rambles in the stunning Sussex countryside has been released to mark the tenth anniversary of the 4Sight Vision Support Ramblers Group. ‘Short Rambles in the Sussex Countryside And Days Out’ by Jane Aston features walks carefully documented and designed to be suitable for everyone who likes a shorter walk, including those with sight loss or vision impairment. The book is sold in aid of 4Sight Vision Support which works with the sight impaired community across West Sussex. The Charity recently received the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service, one of only four Sussex charities to do so, and also celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
Members of 4Sight Vision Support Ramblers include blind and sight impaired people, sighted guides and guide dogs. Walks are typically about four miles long, and take in a nearby pub lunch giving everyone plenty of time to socialise.
Group Co-Founder Jane Aston, a volunteer for 4Sight Vision Support for 30 years recorded all the walks over the years and has chosen the most popular to feature in the book. The rambles are between 2.5 and 5.8 miles long and have a number of characteristics: most have few stiles, there are no very steep hills, there are not too many roads to walk down or cross, and there is good car parking at the start.
‘The 4Sight Vision Support Ramblers Walks: Short Rambles in the Sussex Countryside and Days Out’ costs £7.99 with all proceeds going to the Charity. It is available from Burgess Hill Help Point and direct from 4Sight Vision Support – please call 01243 828555. The charity is currently looking for sighted guide volunteers for the Rambling Group – please call if you are interested in joining.
The coastal scene image (left) shows Birling Gap, featured on Walk No. 30 from the book. Credit: John Hayward.