29 September 2013: Southease to Newhaven along the South Downs Way

Four of us had a lovely walk in the hazy sun and wind of the downs. The initial climb direct from Southease station was much gentler than it looked on the map as the path was a hairpin.  Then we walked along the top with the huge sky and the view.

among_treesWe stopped for lunch near some horseboxes and soon  huge horses appeared , luckily with skilful riders.  As Annie said, they were going on a Red Rope type walk for horses.  Cath and Claire took the shorter route back and the soft grassy walk was marred by plodding through Newhaven and dreaming of a cosy cafe near the station only to be confronted with a concrete shopping mall culminating in Macdonalds.  Annie and Fran continued along the downs then took a path due south by East Blanchington and Bishopstone village so had footpath all the way except the last 200 yards.  That was about 10 miles and really good all the way.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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