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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


Houghton Ancient Circular Walk

Houghton in West Sussex makes an ideal starting location for a South Downs circular walk. The railway station is within easy walking distance of the South Downs Way (SDW) and other long distance walking trails, such as the Monarch’s Way.

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Posted in West Sussex


Steyning Super Bowl Walk

Earlier in the week I was considering a South Downs walk either Saturday or Sunday, the last day of January or the first day of February (pinch, punch). The weather forecast was for cold conditions and a strong wind.

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Posted in West Sussex


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,

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Posted in West Sussex


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,

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Posted in West Sussex


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.

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Posted in West Sussex


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,

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Posted in West Sussex


South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping Giant

High up on the South Downs in West Sussex, a short walk from Kithurst Hill car park, surrounded by peaceful fields, wildlife and crops, sits a now silent giant. A beast of a man-made machine.


Over 75 years ago this area of the South Downs,

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Posted in West Sussex


Chanctonbury Ring Long Ancient Shadows

The South Downs of Sussex are legendary. People travel for miles to enjoy the rolling hills, chalk cliffs and rich history. The area abounds with tall tales and legends, from Roman Roads to the Devil himself.

I planned a walk from the busy village of Storrington to Chanctonbury Ring,

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Posted in West Sussex


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Recent Comments

  • Mike Busby on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantThankyou for helping me find this. My father was in the Tank Regiment in the second world war and trained in Churchill tanks. Its a lovely spot and I often
  • Rob on Wistman’s Wood to Bellever TorThanks for sharing, just used your route for a similar adventure. We also had a long foggy walk back to the car!
  • Charlie on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantHi - is there any chance we can use one of these images in a South Downs publication? We will credit you of course. thanks
  • Alena on The Grey Wethers Stone CirclesHello It was nice to read about the fascinating walk. I live in Belarus, but I hope someday to visit the wonderful places in Devon. Grey Wethers is my favorite
  • Alena on Burrator – Down Tor Stone RowHello It was nice to read about the fascinating walk. I live in Belarus, but I hope someday to visit the wonderful places in Devon.
  • Jacob on Spring Evening on Kithurst HillThank you very much Malcolm for your kind reply. Jacobs
  • Jacob on Spring Evening on Kithurst HillHi, just wondering is it too late to visit a rapeseed feild please? I would like to go in the next few days to take some photos. Please advise. Also
  • Donald on Alfriston Walk – Last Minute LoopHello Malcolm, The inter webs, once it's writ, it's there, forever and ever. My name is Donald. I'm an American cousin. Great Grands were married in St Martin's in the
  • Tim on South Downs Churchill Tank – Sleeping GiantI operate Amateur Radio (Ham) from that car park. In the Summer it is a peaceful and gorgeous location, especially at sunset.
  • Colin Flynn on The Fairies of Harrow HillThanks for the blog. We walk that way often but you've given us ideas for different routes. It is a lovely part of the world. In fact I think we'll

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