We started along (and after lunch, rejoined) the old coach road that runs under the North side of the Downs. This walk was from the Mid Sussex Ramblers' programme.
When I open up these pictures, I find that a second click is now necessary to fully open them further. I don't know why!
The hedgerows were full of Alexanders plants growing through the dead stems of last summers seedheads. The plant has a strong celery-like flavour, which is somewhat bitter. I really must cook with this soon. It must be great for winter soups.
The Downs need to be grazed by different herbivores to maintain the grass sward. Sheep, cattle and horses eat different mixes of grasses - maintaining the species-rich Downs habitat. Below are some zoom shots of the horses on the skyline of the picture above.