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Despite a forecast of heavy rain all day and my over-estimated distance (fortunately spotted by Tony a few days earlier), there were 13 of us on this 8.5 miles Mid Sussex Ramblers' walk, lead by me. We set out through Wakeshurst Place and around the Loder valley reserve. Ornithologists took the option there to watch kingfishers and escape the rain for a while. Lunch at the Half Moon or picnic at the cricket ground in Balcombe was another opportunity to dry out before returning via Bloomers valley, below.