Two out- of- Towners
(Map not included!) with a print out of a walk in the country
Having joined the ramblers group a few years ago I’m getting the hang of a few things: Being punctual , thinking ahead, booking trains in advance, wearing the right clothes for the right weather, and of course just doing it,when I might not feel like it. I know that an 8 mile walk is roughly about 4 hours long and that is probably long enough for a saturday, bearing in mind ,walking to the train station walking about afterwards ,back tracking , after taking wrong turns..all clocks it up to about 10 miles.
The mole and I in a joint venture decided the weather was good enough for a walk.
I had cut the Walk instructions out of the Magazine sent quarterly from the Ramblers Association.I have only followed a guide once, so wanted to try another,this walk from Lewis to Saltdean, not so straightforward as most of it was in fields.
Uhh. which way is South?
It was turn left here, turn right then left at a hedge then over a stile 30 metres from a fence facing West,etc…then bear south!
Maybe we should have had a map. but I’m not retired yet and a long way from spending all day reading maps and preparing everything.It was enough to renew my South-East Rail Network card (30% off £30.00 for the year) and get going on Saturday morning after a strenuous stressful week.
Some people like to google everything I prefer to leave it to trial and error and learn the hard way! Having recently just ambled along following the leader in the Cotswolds, I was now in charge of my destiny again, well my companion The Mole, as well,who did not take to kindly to the vague directions! I can tell you.
Not much in the village of Iford apart from a farm and a few houses.I had thought there may perhaps a cafe ! Or a pub for a break. Not so, and further I was anticipating some kind of vineyard or Spanish Cafe towards the end of the walk.!
Now what was that written in the walk description?
“Ramblers Routes 09
“The plush free eastern face of the Downs a vineyard and hidden valleys, finishing up with a glass of Rioja and some tapas at the nearest Costa to Lewes”
Not quite sure what that was about.! Still it was 28th of March and we were glad of some fresh air and light.
A lot of cows ,a lot of sheep and a lot of grass. At the top of a hill we cross the South Downs Way carrying on with slight ascents and descents and endless seclusion, we pass Breaky bottom Vineyard , but no sign of any cafe/wine tasting sessions that we could see. It got a bit confusing again after this as there wasn’t clear directions as to how to get to the coastal town of Saltdean, but as we head down we can see what looks like Seaford area looking left.We walked and walked until we got down to a football pitch and then came out to a road with some holiday homes. We headed to the main road and jumped on a bus to Brighton.
Just as a footnote I would like to mention that I led a group from Brixton to Chelsea on Sunday , it was a nice little group of about 11 and some of them had found out about the walk from a meet up group.I wasn’t aware that my South Bank Group advertised on there ,so it was a nice surprise, the walk was fairly brisk and took us about 2 hours.Until next time
I’m looking for some new walks.