The ancient custom of “Beating the Bounds” will take place on Rogation Sunday (the fifth Sunday after Easter) – in 2018 this will fall on Sunday 6th May.
In the past a procession of parishioners, led by the minister, churchwarden, and choirboys, would proceed around the boundary of their parish and pray for its protection in the forthcoming year. In a time before maps, it ensured knowledge of the limits of each parish was handed down from generation-to-generation. The term “beating the bounds” come from the custom of hitting boundary stones to make them remember.
Organised by Crowborough Town Council, the Boundary Walk starts at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground at 9.30am (the field adjacent to the main car park where the Summer Fair is held). Walkers are asked to arrive at 9.15a.m. to allow time for registration. The walk will be proceeded by a short prayer.
The walk is approximately ten miles long and takes in some of the beautiful countryside surrounding Crowborough. The walk takes approximately 3 hours, but it can be as leisurely as you want it to be. And it is a great way to meet and talk to other residents.
Slideshow of photos taken on the walk in 2016:
Click here to download map and directions from Crowborough Town Council website (currently not working).
One of the places of note on the walk, is the Canadian War Memorial, which commemorates nine soldiers who were killed when a V1 came down in July 1944. The Memorial is on Crowborough Common to the left-hand-side of the 4th fairway of Crowborough Beacon Golf Course. For more information about the soldiers look at the information on website set-up by CBGC.
In previous years, Jaqi Taylor of Crowborough Vale W.I. has distributed refreshments for all walkers at points around the walk.