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Wednesday 26 November 2008

Kingston near Lewes 6.5 miles circular walk

Above is a panoramic view towards Lewes from the field west of Swanborough Manor and below some zoomed shots of the castle. Tony lead this beautiful walk from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' programme on Tuesday 25th November 2008. Click on any picture to expand it - especially the panoramic shots. Whimsically the pictures are in the reverse order of the walk on the day.

Pretty little calf.

South Downs Way, which at this point some call the "yellow brick road" on Iford Hill with Seaford Head in the distance.
Fabulous panoramic view from Swanborough Hill overlooking Kingston and Lewes. And below zoomed pictures of Lewes Castle and Kingston Church from the same position.

Kingston Church
Tapsell gate closed and below, open.
Many thanks Tony, for another great walk.

Tuesday 18 November 2008

7 miles Steyning circular walk. Tuesday 18th November 2008

There was a good attendance for this splendid walk, which was lead by Celia and Eric. It was from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' programme of walks. Leaving Steyning we followed the banks of the river Adur, north to the Downs Link path where we headed south-west and west before turning SE and S back to Steyning. The weather was dull yet pleasant enough to make this a memorable day. The river Adur with Lancing College chapel in the background. Open this picture to see the college in the distance.

We took a break on the disused railway, which is now the Downs Link path.
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(Further north from the bridge is this pill box which housed a heavy, 25 pounder gun. Thanks to Celia for this picture.)

The view looking east towards Truleigh Hill and beyond.

Many thanks Celia and Eric for a lovely walk.

Wednesday 12 November 2008

Balsdean Bottom 6 miles circular walk, Tuesday 11 November 2008

Mid Sussex Ramblers assembling in the car park at Drove Avenue, Woodingdean, Brighton for a bracing walk, lead by Bernard.
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Balsdean Bottom
Panoramic view over Lewes and the Brooks from the South Downs Way above Balsdean Bottom
Click on the above picture for a view of Worthing pier from Newmarket Hill.
View from Newmarket Hill towards Brighton and Worthing
180 degree panoramic view from Newmarket Hill.
Nearly at the end of the walk on Newmarket Hill with Seaford Head in the background, or is it the first of the Seven Sisters?
What a great walk. Thank you Bernard.

Sunday 26 October 2008

Bignor and Barlavington 9 miles circular, Saturday 25 October 2008

Just 5 of us set off through the beautiful Houghton forest on this walk, which was from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' program of walks - see

I was the leader, deputising for Alison, who had selected this lovely walk. She had unfortunately recently broken her wrist and was unable to lead it.

Here the path crosses the Roman road Stane Street and into the National Trust's Slindon Estate.

Fine panoramic views from the Downs after Glatting beacon looking north to Sutton and Bignor and our return route. Click on this and any other pictures to expand them.

Barlavington 13th century church

Deer, deer, deer... now we commence the climb up to Westburton hill to the car park on the A29 above Houghton.

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Ashdown Forest Circular, Tuesday 21st October 2008

A chilly west wind and bright sunshine created perfect walking weather for this quite exquisite 9 miles walk lead by Sue. It was part of the Mid Sussex Ramblers' program of walks. The heavy rain the previous day ensured that we had plenty of squelchy Sussex mud and no possibility of any annoying dust! Perfect! We enjoyed a rich variety of habitats, including mixed deciduous and coniferous forests, plus the open country of Ashdown Forest.

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The above picture and the two below were taken from the same spot. Using a zoom lens, the apparent anxiety of the walkers is captured unobtrusively. They were hopefully not concerned with the current global financial crises. They were simply concentrating on avoiding stepping into a rabbit hole and breaking an ankle, or worse! Ah! the simple joys of rambling!

The happy group posing in front of Nutley windmill.
This was a fabulous day. Many thanks Sue for leading us on such a lovely walk.

Monday 29 September 2008

Loder Valley Circular 28th September 2008

In perfect weather, 28 of us set off on the permissive path from Wakehurst Place to the Loder valley nature reserve proudly clutching our entry tickets to the reserve, which are limited to 50 persons a day.
The walk was lead by me as part of the program of the Mid Sussex Group of the Ramblers Association. Click on the links in green type for more information on The Ramblers and on any picture to expand it.
On the water in the reserve we saw cormorants, grebes, herons, mallards, and gulls but this time the kingfishers were illusive.

Lunch stop.
The leafy lanes of Sussex.
Approaching Wakehurst from the North.
It was a lovely day. Thanks to all who came. See you again soon!

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