Wednesday, 19 March 2014

A WALK ON THE SOUTH DOWNS

The last couple of days we have spent walking on the South Downs.  For those not familiar with these Downs, they are a  range of chalk hills that extends for about 260 square miles (670 km2) across the south-eastern coastal counties of England and we are lucky enough to have some of them within a 10 minute car ride.
We thought we'd better get walking again now as when the Summer arrives it is always too hot for us.
 

The first thing that hit us was the noise of all the crows busily making their nests
 



 
Climbing the hill and looking back we could just see the village of Saddlescombe through the trees.
 

 
All of these chalk hills have recently been taken over by the National Trust and nice new sign posts have appeared.
 
 
A patch of wild violets.
 
 
Lots of Gorse in flower, a sure sign that Spring is here.
 
 
Tom marching on ahead  unaware that I am sneakily taking his picture.
Walking pole in hand (thank goodness for walking poles, they are wonderful )
 
 
This log was a welcome sight I can tell you, it is obviously well used as it was smooth and shiny on the top.
 
 
One of the beautiful views down a valley.
 
 
As we ended our walk we passed through the village and there on the far side of the field was a donkey wheel sheltered inside a little hut, next time I must take a closer look but by this time we were pooped.....


9 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed your lovely walk. This time last year we were under snow in the North East, how different this year!

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  2. I'd love that walk. So much to see that my mind may not be full of the thought of walking up the hills...maybe.
    Jane x
    PS Glad you are feeling better x

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  3. That was a nice long walk. The hills look so nice and green. We still have lots of snow and ice but Spring is on the way as the sun is getting higher in the sky and it warming up during the afternoon. Cold night and warm days makes the maple sap run nicely for those who harvest sap for Maple syrup.
    Have a lovely week.
    Hugs
    JB

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  4. very attractive sign post and i love those violets. i have only seen the ones in pots. a beautiful spot and it is good they have preserved it

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  5. Thank you for that lovely walk. I used to enjoy walking on the South Downs when living in Worthing.

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  6. Looks like an enjoyable walk. I'm hoping we'll have warmer weather here soon so I can get out and do some walking

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  7. What a lovely walk! Gorgeous area. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  8. Lovely walk. Really see the changing of the seasons.

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