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On 30th April 2005, 110 walkers from Sussex set off on the Inaugural Walk of the Sussex Ouse Valley Way. Over the next four days the walkers, lead by the 'Per-Rambulations' Team, completed the 42 mile journey from Lower Beeding to Seaford Bay.

The opening ceremony heard from Christopher Sedgwick, the Vice-Chairman of West Sussex County Council before he cut the ribbon to send the walkers on their way.

Twelve miles were covered on Day One before the finish at Ardingly Reservoir.

Day Two saw the walkers cover 9.5 miles to finish at Newick village.

The journey was taken up again the following weekend with a further 10 miles and the completion of Day Three at Lewes.

Day Four and the final stage covered the 10.5 miles between Lewes and Seaford Bay.

The Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony
A celebratory reception was then enjoyed at the 'John Harvey Tavern' in Lewes where the walkers were greeted by Norman Baker, MP for Lewes; East Sussex County Council Chairman, Daphne Bagshaw and the Mayor of Lewes, Rod Crocker.

Welcoming the walkers
Welcoming the walkers in Lewes were MP Norman Baker, County Council chairman Daphne Bagshaw and the mayor, Rod Crocker. Also pictured are Peter Anderson (second from left) and Terry Owen (second from right).
Photo: Sussex Express

All those completing the Inaugural Walk were presented with a certificate of achievement and a specially designed commemorative cloth badge. 'Regatta Outdoor Clothing' sponsored the walk and presented rucksacks to the winners of a daily quiz held during the walk. They also provided shirts and fleeces for the 'Per-Rambulations' Team.

'Per-Rambulations' The Gate House, 25 Warnham Road, Goring By Sea,
West Sussex, BN12 4LL
Tel: 01903 246339 Email:larkshill@btinternet.com