Herding cats and medieval torture

Herding cats and medieval torture

We were back on the South Downs Way today after a wonderful party interlude in Lewes where we just missed the annual pea-throwing competition at the Lewes Arms. It felt good to return to the chalk, flint and grassy ways but,with our biggest walking group yet (13), it...
The long way round

The long way round

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...
Up and Down

Up and Down

This is a full on up and Downs stretch. From Amberley to Pyecombe – 19 miles of challenge and beauty. Only just got the train from Pulborough and then forgot to check it stopped at Amberley ( it did thankfully). Serious weather fronts greeted us as we climbed...
A new perspective

A new perspective

Today was a reality check. Not every day on the Downs is about clear views to the sea. Joined by Toby for his 51st birthday we left Cocking in a mizzly sort of way. We couldn’t see the views from the day before but we were soon in woods made more mysterious by...
Badger Bonus

Badger Bonus

Two o’clock in the afternoon, in a wood near the Devil’s Jumps (Iron Age burial mounds) we heard a rustling noise and assumed it was deer. But a beautiful, alert and lively badger made a surprise appearance! It was a day of nature’s best. Red Kites,...
Whisky Way

Whisky Way

Whisky is the new measure for the South Downs Way – our niece Sophie has decided to mark off the miles against a one litre bottle she happened to pop in to her rucksack. We needed it just three miles to the end of our 24 mile trek today…. Started the trip...