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Sunday, 22 August 2010

A Pride of Sussex on 6.5 miles circular walk around Wolstonbury Hill

From Hurstpierpoint, this group set off to Wolstonbury Hill with the specific goal to find the Pride of Sussex flower, the County flower of Sussex, the Round-headed Rampion.
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The walk was from the Mid Sussex Ramblers walks programme.  Click the link here for details.
The growling leader, me, lead the group directly up the side of the hill, where I knew the plant was to be found earlier.  First spotted by Gloria, the excitement of the pride was barely constrained to find the first one.  Although, past their best, perhaps, the Pride of Sussex and other flowers were lovely on this drizzly day.
The above and below pictures are ones that I prepared earlier, taken on the 28th July 2010.

Lunch was short and sweet, in the rain, atop Wolstonbury Hill with the Jack and Jill windmills in the background -- hidden in the clouds.
The group descending the hill, with glimpses through the cloud of the windmills.  With a large bull in this field, as leader, I liked to let the group, with dogs, go first!  Only joking, nature called and this was a good photo-opp.
A great day -- not too hot; not too dry; just right!  And I was so proud of my pride, as they were proud, to find The Pride of Sussex on this day.

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