Monthly Archives: May 2015

Escape The South Downs Way

A 6.5 mile walk, escaping the busy South Downs Way, towards Wepham Down in West Sussex. Warm sunshine, wildlife aplenty and a clear mind. Sounds bliss doesn’t it.

The month of May was proving yet again to be a mix of warm sunny days and April-esque heavy rain showers. I picked a warm sunny day for this walk, it would be rude not to.

I had pleasant walking company for a change, which was great as normally my mid-week hikes are a solitary event. Various time constraints on the day meant that we would only have a few hours walking but the feel-good factor from those few hours of concentrated solitude would last for many days.

Kithurst Hill Car Park

Blink and you would miss it;

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Best Of Britain: Summer Challenge

Summer is a fantastic time to explore the South Downs National Park in Southern England. The countryside is alive with wildlife and the South Downs Way walking trail is very inviting at this time of year to say the least.

Best Summer South Downs Walks

With many locations just over an hour and a quarter from Central London by train, the South Downs are the ideal destination for a day out in summer.

I’ve chosen just a few of my Best Of Britain: Summer Challenge walks to tell you about, you can challenge yourself to walk all or just a part of them this summer.

From Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex, the South Downs will take your breath away,

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Border Collie Dave in Public

The day had finally come when Dave, my 11.5 week old Border Collie puppy was allowed out in public for the first time. This followed a never-ending 7 day wait after his second set of vaccinations.

Up until now Dave had only met immediate family and both he and I were getting cabin fever. There is only so much of a modest back garden that a Border Collie can explore.

West Sussex Dog Walk

I put the dog harness on Dave and tentatively opened the front door, not knowing what to expect from him. Would the local newspapers be full of wild-eye escaping Border Collie stories?

No, as it happened Dave just stood on my front doorstep and looked a bit lost and bewildered. Poor thing. With lots of encouragement,

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Video: Kithurst Hill Spring Views

Overlooking the West Sussex village of Storrington is Kithurst Hill, rising to a summit of 213 metres / 699 feet. From close to the South Downs Way there are dramatic views west, north and east. With rolling hills towards the south.

Kithurst Hill, South Downs National Park

There are several steep footpaths leading from Greyfriars Lane, Storrington to the South Downs Way or you can drive up Chantry Lane and park in the stoney car park and walk a short distance west and north.

The main SDW path passes close to the Kithurst Hill view point but doesn’t offer the very best views, for that you need to walk north from the South Downs Way to a parallel path. There is a trig point marked on OS Maps and the view-point is close to that.

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Washington to St Botolph’s Church

A misty walk from Washington car park on the South Downs Way to St Botolph’s Church by the River Adur. 13 miles of beautiful Sussex South Downs views.

A few weeks prior to this walk I had been chatting to Gary Middleton who lives south of Chichester about walking somewhere together. A plan was made to meet at Washington car park at the foot of Chanctonbury Hill.

Gary hadn’t walked this section of the South Downs Way before so he was pleased to be able to leave the maps behind and have a guide for the day. I was pleased to have some great company and a chance to see how many hills I could remember!

With rucksacks loaded and boots laced firmly we set off from Washington car park towards the east.

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Kithurst Hill South Downs Way Video

I walked up my local South Downs hill, Kithurst Hill one saturday recently. I wanted to shoot a short video to give a feel for the calming nature of the location.

Kithurst Hill in West Sussex is my kind of place to relax, several paths lead off of the South Downs Way allowing me my own personal space for as long as I want to walk.

Kithurst Hill West Sussex Video

This particular evening I walked about with my camcorder and tripod and captured the hazy fading light of the watery sunset. The wind was blowing strong, carrying the sounds of the evening birdsong far and wide. The rapeseed now fading slightly in colour rippled with the wind as I stood still and watched.

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South Downs Walking – Botolphs

A few weeks ago I was contacted on the photo sharing app Instagram, by Elizabeth Bennett who was about to walk the Sussex section of the South Downs Way. Elizabeth’s reason for her walk is quoted below.

For the first week of May I’m off to walk the Sussex stretch of the South Downs Way, along the route I’ll be singing songs that are collected from, or associated with, the places I pass.

Elizabeth asked myself and others if we would like to accompany her for some of the journey. I was free on Saturday 2nd May and this date coincided with the Amberley to Botolphs Sussex section Elizabeth would be walking with a small group.

I had walked this section of the South Downs Way many times and was only too pleased to “

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BBC Sussex – 2015 Photo Competition Winner

Wow, thanks very much BBC Sussex and the judges. I know the quality of photos submitted were first class and I am really speechless to be amongst the winners.

Please come and visit the South Downs and Sussex, you’ll love the views and wildlife, springtime, summertime, autumn or winter.

The winners will each receive a DAB digital radio for their efforts. In addition, their photos will now be displayed for all to see at this year’s South of England Show at Ardingly and in the BBC Sussex reception on Queens Road in Brighton.

See more at BBC Sussex on Facebook.

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