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Just An Ordinary 40 Mile Walk

“What, in one day?”, “I bet you hurt after that?”, “why?”, “I could never do that”, “Good luck”, “wishing you the very best luck”, “well done you”, “really proud of you”, “bet you felt great.”

Just some of the many comments made to me before and after my modest plan to walk 40 miles along the South Downs Way last month, June 2015.

My route was very simple, no explanation needed, leaving Storrington West Sussex at 7am and walking along the South Downs Way as far as Jack and Jill, the Clayton Windmills in East Sussex (near Ditchling Beacon) and returning the same route. A total of 40.8 miles in 15 hours to the minute.

Preparing Mentally and Physically

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will know that I walk about 12-20 miles per day-hike.

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31 Mile Hike To Devil’s Dyke

A 31 mile hike to Devil’s Dyke in East Sussex, starting from Storrington in West Sussex. Walking along the South Downs Way under a gorgeous blue sky.

At the beginning of May I had walked 25 miles in a day, which at the time was a personal best and I knew that I had a few more miles in me.

Storrington to Devil’s Dyke

I had driven to Devil’s Dyke near Brighton many times over the years but I had never walked further than the car park, so I decided it would be an ideal destination in the South Downs National Park for my personal record-breaking walk.

A look at the map showed that Devil’s Dyke was just over 15 miles along the South Downs Way from the village Storrington in West Sussex,

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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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Heading North to The South Downs

I’ve always enjoyed the views from Beachy Head, the famous white cliffs towering over Eastbourne East Sussex. Often confused online with the white cliffs of Dover, some 70 miles further north along the coast. I do find myself making comments online if people have posted images of Beachy Head and labeled them as Dover, Kent!

I don’t mean to be picky but the white-cliffs at Beachy Head are the start / end of the South Downs and indeed the 100 mile walking trail, the South Downs Way. The white-cliffs at Dover are part of the North Downs and, not surprisingly, the North Downs Way loop takes in the location. A subtle but important difference, especially if you have just told your friends to meet you there for a walk.

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