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.
Monarch’s Way – Steyning, West Sussex
I parked my car at Chanctonbury Ring car park and walked east along the South Downs Way until it met a concrete track called Sopers Lane, high above the West Sussex village of Steyning. This farm track forms part of the Monarch’s Way, a 615 mile national trail. Fortunately I was only walking about half a mile of it today.
The South Downs Way path runs along the southern edge of Steyning Bowl, over Annington Hill but I think the views from the Monarch’s Way track are equally impressive; a better angle on nature.
South Downs Views – Look East
The Monarch’s Way drops down through the valley of Steyning Bowl and so the viewing perspective of the Downs is subtly different from the SDW. I chose my spot and set up my tripod and video camera.
Steyning Bowl Time Lapse Video
I had walked here recently with Gary Middleton and we both stopped to watch the shadows from the clouds race across the landscape, hugging the contours of the ground. Fleeting ghostly blankets, gone as quickly as they appeared.
So I returned several weeks later and attempted to capture those same racing shadows; weather dependant of course. I’ll spare you the technical details but the original video clips are 40 minutes and 15 minutes in duration, condensed to 90 seconds and 57 seconds time-lapse. Hope you enjoy them.
The first video from the Monarch’s Way track is looking east across the Adur valley towards Truleigh Hill, the Fulking Escarpment and over the Weald. Look out for the cyclist towards the end of the video clip, it is a steep enough walk up that lane, let alone on a bicycle.
The second video below is looking north towards Steyning Round Hill, a popular location for paragliding, you can just see the passing traffic on the Bostal Road that leads into the village of Steyning, West Sussex.
If you enjoyed the videos please take a moment to leave a comment below either on this blog or on YouTube. I shall be posting more time lapse videos from other locations!