Thorney Island! A strange hypnotic walk


The South Downs and Thorney Island


LEWES TO SALTDEAN (linear) – 10 miles

In August I did two walks with the South Bank Group.

The first one was Lewes to Salt Dean, which felt like a fairly familiar walk, having done something similar the previous month. Still was good to get out in the South Downs a  moderate hilly walk with panoramic coastal views as we walked via the villages of Rodmell and Telscombe. We had a Pub lunch at the Abergavenny Arms, Rodmell and then down to the coast at Saltdean. Taking a bus back to Brighton Rail Station.


Rolling rollin rollin

Bales of Hay in Sussex


Oh how I want to wander …




The second walk  intrigued  me & so paid a visit to

                  Thorney island.

Bridge to nowhere in particular

Described in the Newsletter as:

“A Moderate walk (joint with North East London) following the coastal path around the island. Birds, boats and beaches. Pub and tea at end of walk at Emsworth. Picnic lunch on the beach.” I googled it briefly to find out where this place was , it was an Island somewhere in Sussex! I didn’t think they had islands in Sussex.!


A strangely hypnotic walk, the water to the left of us on this eight – 9 mile walk, walking straight most of the way with the water lapping to the left of us. It became trance like. Perhaps the salt in the water and the fresh air added to that feeling.

After a week in the office it’s always a bit strange to find myself somewhere else, especially out of london. Always a pleasure to escape.


The village of West Thorney lies on the east coast of the island and has been incorporated into a British Army military base which occupies the southern part of the island, south of Great Deep. A coastal public footpath, part of the Sussex Border Path encircles the island, but public access to the south of the island is limited to the footpath and the church of St Nicholas at West Thorney. Walkers using the footpath may be asked by intercom to provide their contact details (name, address and mobile phone number) at the security gates to access the southern part of the island. Walkers must keep to the footpath marked with the yellow posts. During the winter months, fortnightly shoots are held on Thorney for partridges, pheasants and snipe.

To the south of the island is Pilsey Island, now joined to Thorney Island by a sandbank, which is an RSPB nature reserve.

Your never quite sure what you are going to come across on a walk and that has to be one of the definite attractions. I prefer to pick a walk I like the sound of then just get up and go. I don’t read up much about it before hand or anything and once there if I find some aspects interesting I can read up about it when I return and perhaps revisit another time.

The Sussex South Downs is a great area for walking and I do hope to carry on exploring this area particular more so on the coast.

UNTIL THEN keep on keeping on


Edit Edit Edit




I noticed a typo on one of my  recent blogs , I don’t often look back at them but because i had been getting a lot of pings !and track backs, I was curious as to what was happening,I don’t fully understand  Pings & track backs but I think it boils down to people spamming the site, that is my simplistic view of it and for now that’s about as far as I want to venture into that territory.Tis not good to have errors once published, but sometimes these things happen. Now some may say Tis is incorrect but that’s another story as after all we might say Tis so why can’t we write it instead of It is or It’s.! Well that’s about as technical as I will get about language for now.

Some people are bothered some people wouldn’t even notice.That’s why writers have editors! that is where a lot of the work is done, the devil is in the detail. Being a walker/photographer/writer and last but not least THE EDITOR. I do apologise and hope it didn’t put anyone off reading my future blogs.

Moving on and back to my walking,

I wrote in my last blog about photography in blogs ,well since that I have been on a couple of walks, I will spare you the details but the camera I was given is broken! and it was my fault. Trying to force shut the door where the batteries lived.So no photos from the last two walks.

The answer is blowing in the wheat!

Why is wheat so beautiful?


I walked from Rye to Hastings again  a tough walk with a lot of steep ascents and descents and the following week, just over 14 miles a circular walk from Lewes, a fantastic walk, but the last 4 miles were tough. AT the highest peak in the South Downs we were 590 feet above sea level the fantastic spacious South Downs is an excellent place to walk, it took over 5 hours of walking.

I’m Going to do two more walks in August and will go back to my 35mm film . It’s what I know and like. I’m sure I could use one film to cover both walks. the first walk I’m doing is Lewes to Saltdean which I have done before but not with the group so I will be interested to see what route they take, the second walk is a new one.

A gateway to the Sea at Dover



Next blog is Thorny Island.



Photography in posts

 Photography in Posts


A gate in village St Cirq Lapopie

A gate in village
St Cirq Lapopie

Theres’ no doubt about it, a few nice photos in a blog sets the scene.

But- How much do pictures make the blog?  How much of a photographer do I need to be? Everybody these days is a photographer, and after a conversation in my half hour lunch break with a work colleague,I failed to convey any real sense about why I continue to use film instead of digital. Still, even after getting my film developed I have to decide on maybe 3- 5 pictures to publish in any given blog. Photography is now a big part of my blog, I feel when I go on a proper walk I need to take some pictures.

As always summer in Brixton is a joy to behold !!!  Sitting at my desk trying to be productive; the sound of SIRENS going past the window every five minutes, cars zooming down the road at top speed, people shouting into their mobile phones or just shouting generally, to themselves or someone else, is my background soundtrack.

I’m still not 100% sure whether I really want to do the 14 mile walk Rye to Hastings. But I’m getting claustrophophic..Neighbours to either side of me, (party last night,) possibly another one tonight!. I think I’m going to have to go on the walk.

There I have talked myself into it again…. I may come back bedraggled with sunstroke but I will give it a go.

My last trip to France was a bit fraught what with the train and taxi strike to contend with . Getting to Cahors from London left me slightly frazzled, ditto coming back, and to top it all the temperature was peaking around 34 celsius on some days. Not my ideal weather by any means. I did not do a lot of walking, far too hot, but there are dedicated walkers  passing through the village of Montcuq every day as part of a pilgrimage they do. It’s a famous walk they do and one year I may even do it. Who knows?

This picture is of a clock in the centre of Cahor. It was an exceedingly hot day and we stopped off here to have a coffee and listen to a soundcheck for a band performing that evening , so it was hot and loud. clock in Cahors

This cobblers had a unique window display of miniature shoes, a picture I did not take, and this is where my question about photography is now really coming into play.cobblers in Cahors

Having a film restricts the amount of photos you can take, the time, & cost of film development. I like the process admittedly, as I don’t know exactly what I’m going to get, but I’m going to try an old digital camera that has been given to me and see how I get on with that. I have used digital before and can’t say I got totally into it and the camera conked out pretty quickly..


name of river?

The river lot runs through Cahor and onward down towards an area we visited for a picnic by the river and  to visit a historic village called Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. A photograph is the equivalent to a thousand words. How could you describe everything you have seen on every walk you have gone to? A collection of photos with a few snippets is probably sufficient. Depending whether I have anything significant to say about an area or life in general, a blog can really only say so much.

Back to the UK having had a film developed

Before visiting France I spent a nice weekend in Newcastle and the coast and the weather was perfect. June has to be my favourite month.

Someone sailing away- wish it was me

perfect day in june tynemouth

A perfect day in Tynemouth this photo could be anywhere but it was truly lovely, very relaxing.

port of Tyne june 2014

One of my very favourite sights has to be the bridges over the Tyne, this was taking from the riverside having pub lunch on a Sunday in June.

tyne at nightThe night before walking back from The Cluney having seen The Rezillos this was taken with a camera phone .I’m not sure why I haven’t got into a camera phone at this stage. It was a beautiful evening, there was hardly anyone around as well which was strange. The revellers for some reason don’t make it down to the river!! they stay in town.

Walk from Dover

MOVING to FURTHER ventures with the walking group on the 12th of July, it was warm, but not a clear day. The walk was a circular walk from Dover, we could not see France as it was not clear enough.

A gateway to the Sea at Dover

A gateway to the Sea at Dover


White cliffs of Dover

White cliffs of Dover

Wild flowers on cliff top Dover

Wild flowers on cliff top

Last but not least… I did not expect to see these on my walk……

Very curious creatures, they ran towards us as they were extremly curious

Very curious creatures, they ran towards us as they were extremely curious

Yes walking can be interesting at times, you have to keep on going and you never know what you might come across.


Until next time

Best Wishes




What makes a good day out?

May 31

May 31


It’s nearly the end of June and since my last blog I have been so busy and not had time to sit down and write. While I”m happy to have had the chance to have a break and visit Newcastle & France I ‘m a bit all over the place and want to get back into a good routine of walking writing ,walking (yoga)  taking pictures. As well I’m venturing into website development &have a project to design a website for someone & have organised a Meet Up group next week.I have someone coming along to put on a presentation .

Glastonbury is on The World Cup and Tennis, the world looks like a different place. since this walk, what a difference a month makes.June is my favourite month and as much as i prefer to live in the here and now this blog is mainly about my walk at the end of May

My walking companion on the day had visited previously and for some reason had return tickets so we came back from Lymington but started at MILFORD ON SEA which seemed a bit complicated & tricky to get to via  train and a bus. But lovely to visit. I might have preferred to start at Lynington then gone to Milford on sea. I would visit again though.

So what makes for a good day out?

MILFORD-ON-SEA  with its castle and lighthouse surrounded by still water looking out to the Isle of Wight was a good starting point.

Trudging along the shingles towards Hurst Castle and the lighthouse, with summer on the Horizon, I felt a strange sense of isolation walking along the  beach. Shingles are tough walking on and in hindsight  we probably should have taken the Ferry over the water to the pub for lunch, instead of walking back the same way , it gets a bit monotonous. Trudge trudge trudge.

As well we didn’t really have enough time  we  had met at Waterloo Station about 9am so  fairly early but it’s a two-hour train journey  and you got to do that coming back as well &l lets not forget walking takes time!

The nature resort after the coastal walk

I belive it’s called the it does then go inland where it is marsh land and the home of many wild life birds and plants. I can’t pretend to know much about the area and will promise to take more notes next time. I was happy to just follow on this particular day.

Remote & wild

Remote & wild

a little boat






Hurst Castle is situated at the seaward end of the shingle spit that extends 1.5 miles from Milford-On-Sea. The end of the spit, only three-quarters of a mile from the Isle of Wight, and the views from the top of the centre keep are spectacular.Hurst Castle was the perfect location to defend the western approach to the Solent. The castle was built by Henry VIII as one of a chain of coastal fortresses and was completed in 1544.

We are all Black Sheep here.

We are all Black Sheep here.


The pictures you can view here were taken around a place was a little nature reserve on the coast .This walk seems like a lifetime away now .  a few pics of a sightly bleak and quiet spot near lymington… It was the sort of place I imagined you could set a midsummer night murder story in , it just had that feel about it. I tried not to think of such images but couldn’t help it , I imagined fights and deaths as it was a smugglers paradise some years ago.







Hurst Point Lighthouse guides vessels through the hazardous western approaches to the Solent, indicating the line of approach through the Needles Channel.

Anybody who saw the film Frank will know my point of reference. Anybody who hasn’t I wholly recommend it. it’s fantastic. ( “I want to marry a Lighthouse keeper“)

I led a the Seven Sisters walk again last week  11 people showed up and the weather was good but  next time I go down that way i”m going to try walking to Eastbourne from Seaford or East Dean . I haven’t volunteered to lead any more walks as I think I prefer to be more spontaneous in my choice of walks but I will try to do one a month with the South Bank or if they haven’t got anything I fancy just go off somewhere on a coast walk.


All for now






Excel/ Docklands Trinity Buoy Wharf

 Excel/Docklands Trinity Buoy Wharf & London

What a day.


It was hot as well! A walk I never intended. The Thames again. A myriad of possibilities.Previous to this day I’d never heard of Trinity Buoy Wharf, but it’s always a pleasure to walk about ,get a bit lost & stumble upon somewhere interesting.


looking back towards the dome


I had got the tube to North Greenwich and a cable car over the river  (fantastic views) My first time on the cable car, & you can use your Oyster card, well worth it. I was heading to the Excel Centre,  a 10 minute walk from the Cable Car  to the Excel Centre.

I sat in on a couple of talks about Pinterest and dos and don’t to get your website recognised by Google.The lure of the sun and river took me back out, I  decided less is more. There is only so much information I need.  As I sat out on the steps eating my lunch I noted there was a bridge that you could walk over. I hadn’t known that was there, so decided to walk over it, it was Queen Victoria Dock Bridge. and took me along a very quiet residential area along side the river.

I then veered towards the industrial part not quite knowing where I was going but recognising some industrial bits from a previous walk.I eventually found a path along side a busy road that was directing me towards Canary Wharf & East India Docks, I slipped off the main road and found myself in this little nook.
Trinity Buoy WharfIt is part residential part industrial and partly an artistic hub. For further information about workplaces to let or just to look

look at

The other side of the sculputre music vibe man

The other side of the sculputre music vibe man

This instrument picks up on the rhythms of the tide and chimes music, I would have loved to have been there at night on a full moon. They do have a cafe there where live music is played but you need to book well in advance as it is a tiny space.

To the left of it is an instrument that reads the moon tides.

To the left of it is an instrument that reads the moon tides.




The entrance to the Wharf has a varied display of street art .Sculpure & murals.

The entrance to the Wharf has a varied display of street art .Sculpure & murals.

An interesting find, I must say. 

Walking along the Thames from Woolwich via Greenwich to Blackheath

As always , one foot in front of the other , and there you go. The river walks are my favourite walks. There is so much life and history.

Thames Barrier

Old Barge Along River