Monthly Archives: January 2015

Petworth Park Circular Walk

A very popular family walk around the magnificent Petworth Park, in the South Downs of West Sussex.

With a herd of over 900 fallow deer, views to the North and South Downs, plus wide open lawns to fly kites, Petworth has to be one of the most popular National Trust venues in the South East for family leisure time.

Petworth Park Walking

You do not have to be a member of the National Trust to enjoy the walk around the estate, just for free access to the main house. There are modest car park charges if not a member of the NT.

Avoid Petworth Town!

What I mean is avoid parking at the main Petworth House car park in the town centre. I start this walk from the car park that is located 1.4 miles (2.25 km) north of Petworth,

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The Fairies of Harrow Hill

I checked the weather earlier in the week and Saturday was set to be yet another cold but bright day in the South Downs of Sussex. The perfect day for a hike.

The tricky part was planning where to walk, the Wild Brooks were still flooded. I’d recently walked to Chanctonbury Ring, had explored Amberley only a few days earlier. Hampshire and East Sussex were out of the question as I didn’t have use of the car.

I opened my South Downs OS Map and looked for a focal point; some point on the map to aim for. After a few minutes scanning the numerous walking-tributaries of the South Downs Way (SDW) I had conjured up a circular (sort of) walking route.

My destination of the day would be Harrow Hill and Blackpatch Hill.

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High Road to Houghton Bridge

Walking the South Downs ridge to Houghton Bridge

Everyone was suffering from the Monday morning blues. Social media was full of the hashtag #bluemonday (the third Monday in January) which is said to be the most depressing day of the year.

What better day to choose for a walk from Storrington to Houghton Bridge and back. Not everyone had the blues in my household. The weather for the latter part of January was wintry; cold frosty nights and grey damp days. The morning started off that way. Camera, boots and maps readied.

I headed towards the centre of Storrington along the familiar River Walk; a path that runs beside the River Stor. Stopping to buy some lunch from a convenience store for later on. The actual location for lunch unknown to me at this time;

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Walking Roman Streets

Walking Stane Street, Bury Hill & Eartham Wood

I had been here before in a past life. I had probably stood in the very same spot before. Not in a past life as some Roman foot soldier, nor Bronze Age man making flint tools.

No, I had been here before in a past life as a biker, the kind with a large engine. The walk starts and ends amongst a lot of horsepower.

January had delivered some good weather, so the bikers of Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire were out enjoying the dry Sunday roads and a welcome cup of tea at Whiteways Cafe, situated on the A29 a few miles north of Arundel, West Sussex.

“Bury Hill” as we liked to call the car park and cafe,

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Alfriston Walk – Last Minute Loop

Yelling “Fozzie Fozzie Fozzie, oi oi oi” out of a house window is not how I normally start a refreshing walk around the South Downs of England.

Back in the autumn of 2014 I received a message online (via Google+) from a chap called Keith Foskett or as he prefers to be called, “Fozzie“. It seemed we both shared a mutual liking of photography and the outdoors of Southern England. We also live only a few miles apart in Sussex.

Alfriston to Birling Gap Circular Walk

Fozzie needed some advice on social media, so we got talking. To cut a long story short (who can write a long story about SEO??) we agreed that we should do some walking together so a date was agreed to meet up;

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