Tuesday, 1 January 2019

South Downs National Park and East Sussex

Downland Memories

bull.jpg Distance: 9.74 miles
Ascent: 370 metres
Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes

26. Download walk from Telscombe

green-man.jpg Distance: 12.58 miles
Ascent: 510 metres
Duration: 3 hours 51 minutes

28. Lewes, Balmer Down and the River Ouse

My worst ever experience with cows was on the stretch of the South Downs Way climbing from Cricketing Bottom to Mill Hill near Rodmell. Our write-up from that day doesn't mention the herd that refused to get out of the way, the bull that subsequently ran at us, and the frantic fence-hopping that ensued, but I remember it well. Walking in the opposite direction today I met a similarly recalcitrant beast and used the same technique to exit the field but at least this time I wasn't so panicked by the experience.

But don't let this put you off this stretch of the Downs. The lofty path above Standean in particular is a delight, with the sea on the horizon and miles of rippling countryside ahead.

The stretch of the South Downs Way to the south of the A27 holds various memories for me. I first walked it in 1994 or so with a friend from Tonbridge who told me about a guy she'd met while taking a year out in Tanzania. Before too long they became the first of my friends to marry, and I'm delighted that we're still in touch today.

The second memory is

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