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South Downs Clouds Time Lapse Video

A 70 minute original 4K HD video condensed to 5 minutes time-lapse. Filmed from Springhead Hill in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex, England.


Looking north, overlooking Parham House and Estate. On the distant horizon you can see the North Downs of Surrey and Hampshire,

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Posted in News, Videos, West Sussex


Eartham Wood Summer Walk

The South Downs National Park varies in landscape by the mile. Exposed flint-strewn hills, steep chalk escarpments, dense wooded slopes. My recent 24 mile walk took in all of that.

I would walk a route that I had walked before in sections but not all in one day.

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Posted in West Sussex


Storrington Time Lapse Clouds 4K Video.

45 minutes of video condensed to 90 seconds time-lapse. Filmed in 4K HD. Kithurst Hill in the South Downs National Park gives commanding views over the village of Storrington, West Sussex.

This is looking north towards the North Downs of Surrey on the far horizon.

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Posted in News, Videos, West Sussex


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,

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Posted in East Sussex, West Sussex


Steyning Bowl Time Lapse Videos

Ever since I first walked to Steyning Bowl in the South Downs National Park and admired the view I had wanted to capture the scene on video, as shadows from the clouds raced across the contours of the landscape.

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Posted in News, Videos, West Sussex


Poppies at Blackpatch Covert

Springtime was very much over, the bright yellow fields of rapeseed all but vanished from the South Downs National Park. Swaying fields of wheat, a contrasting lush green under hot yellow summer sun now covered the landscape.

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Posted in West Sussex


Walking The Wey South Path

Disused canals normally conjure up images of discarded shopping trolleys and part submerged cars. The semi-restored Wey and Arun canal offers walkers the chance to get right amongst nature and couldn’t be any more removed from the stereotype.

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Posted in West Sussex


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,

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Posted in East Sussex, West Sussex


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.

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Posted in West Sussex


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.

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Posted in News, Videos, West Sussex


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.

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Posted in West Sussex


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,

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Posted in West Sussex


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.

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Posted in West Sussex


Spring Evening on Kithurst Hill

What better way to end the working day than a walk around your local area; in my case that meant a walk along the South Downs Way close to Storrington in West Sussex.

There is a rough tarmac track that leads off of the Amberley to Storrington road,

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Posted in West Sussex


River Adur – Our Personal Best

This 23 and a quarter-mile South Downs walk set the benchmark for me. I walked a personal best, the longest distance in a single day. Storrington to the River Adur at Botolphs near Steyning West Sussex.

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Posted in West Sussex


Cissbury Ring Circular Walk

A 19.6 mile walk to Cissbury Ring just outside the village of Findon in West Sussex. Taking in two hill forts and views of ancient flint mines.

Starting off in Storrington West Sussex, a bustling village at the foot of the South Downs I headed up to Kithurst Hill and walked east,

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Posted in West Sussex


Arundel Park – Discovering Hiorne Tower

A 19.6 mile circular walk to Arundel Park West Sussex, following the River Arun south from Houghton Bridge. It would be a new walking route for me once south of Houghton.

7.47am Monday morning. 

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Posted in West Sussex


Wildbrooks to Greatham Bridge

I had never walked the Wildbrooks of Amberley or indeed Pulborough as there had always been other South Downs Sussex walks to explore; when winter arrives you cannot traverse the Wildbrooks without a boat for the area is the winter floodplain of the mighty River Arun.

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Posted in West Sussex


Amberley Circular Walk | Look Again

A walk from Storrington to Amberley Wild Brooks and back, watching the slowly changing seasons. Walk twice, look thrice.

Mid March didn’t throw up many sunny days. A combination of grey cloud and European smog meant any hope of spring sunshine was a rare event.

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Posted in West Sussex


Amberley Circular Walk

The first week in March should have been filled with the joys of spring but for reasons that will be explained it was far from idyllic.

I don’t often feel guilty when out walking,

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Posted in West Sussex


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  • David Martin on Red Lake China Clay WalkHi Malcolm , love your dogs name . I’m always looking for unspoilt parts of devon and Cornwall for my photography and came across this little lake and read your
  • Peter Cornish on Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge – Dartmoor WalksHaving done a very similar walk in May 2017 while camping just off your route, your photos and videos are superb and very evocative. Next time you're round there have
  • Gavin Evans on Huntingdon Warren Clapper Bridge – Dartmoor WalksWe drove across Dartmoor last summer en route to Cornwall and my wife and I chatted about the merits of hiking in the area. Having seen this post, I think
  • Mick Norman on Heading North to The South DownsGood stuff, but please: 'white cliffs' - not 'white-cliffs'! Where did you get the hyphen from? Dame Vera would have a fit, which would probably kill her.
  • christina Murtagh on Walking Wicklow – Bray HeadHi Malcolm, glad you enjoyed this walk,have you tried the Howth cliff walk,maybe next time? I would love to walk in the South Downs sometime,do you lead walks? I am
  • Paul Jonsson on Walking The Wey South PathHi Malcolm, thanks for this, some great pictures! This is a very handy walk for my Woking base so I walked it in September, trying to do it in one
  • barry goodchilg on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantHi Malcolm, As a Duke of Edinburgh leader using this part of the south downs for expeditions I give my young people the grid reference for the tank as a
  • Sharon on Heading North to The South DownsHi there I am doing the southdowns way from Eastbourne to alfriston with food stop in between. From reading your blog the accent from Eastbourne to beachy head is v
  • Dave Gosling on Burrator Reservoir – Dartmoor WalksHello, Although I am from Devon, I have never walked around Burrator, to my disgust. I do love walking around Venford Resevoir near Holne though. Is it possible to walk
  • Jane on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantThank you for this post. We found the tank tonight following your instructions. It was an amazing experience.

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