Life is about the journey not just getting straight from A to B. Today we could have just gone straight into Lewes and completed a simpler 8.5 miles. But if we had we wouldn’t have had the incredible views that made the challenging terrain over 13 miles so worthwhile. With a well-deserved treat at the end.
We left Pyecombe and the M23 behind fairly quickly heading though the golf course past the Jack and Jill windmills (although the view was best the day before from Devil’s Dyke).
Sophie’s feet needed some emergency care and I had a scare about my SD card that was, thankfully, alleviated when we got to Lewes. But once we got up on to the downs at Ditchling Beacon any angst dissipated. Spectacular.
The countryside to the north and sea views to the South were breathtaking. Wildflowers rampant with swathes of red poppies lining the route. If it had been less windy we’d have seen loads more butterflies too.
We heard and saw goldfinches, skylarks, buzzards and spotted a few bugs of note (but were ignorant to their names).
After shunning the quicker route into Lewes over Black Cap it felt like we kept on seeing better and better views with a huge sweep around the bowl over Stanmer Down one side and Downs across towards Lewes and Newhaven in the distance on the other.
A sharp, chalky descent brought us to Kingston and finally, at the end of a beautiful day to the Swan Inn and the welcome Harveys brew – the ideal culmination of more than 80 miles of hill-walking.
A wonderful deep bath at our room at Pelham House was idyllic and a Mote/Bradhsaw/Lindsey meal at Hearth Pizzeria finished the day off with a smile – EJ leading the way.
The blog is now suspended for a day for partying – back on track Sunday for a mass walk to Alfriston.