Jun
2019

walking in all sorts of weather, and map reading

On a recent practice walk, I started off at Eastbourne a 12-mile walk to Seaford.

During the course of the day I endured: hail, sunshine, wind, (against me) rain, some more sun then back to hail. Like a full wash, I was put through the whole cycle. One thing I did not have to deal with on the Jurassic coast weekend was the weather, it was perfect. After all my cliff walking and jogs around the park, I felt more than prepared to lead the Seven Sisters Walk in June.

Darkness looms over the Seven Sisters.

 

I had been jogging around the park, since December 2018 there are a couple of small hills in Brockwell Park, so running up and down has kept my ankles strong, as well as my legs. They can handle hills and cliffs. I am aware that not keeping fit, will mean each time I do a strenuous walk, such as The Seven Sisters, or Eastbourne to Seaford, I really feel the pain. If I do enough exercise on a regular basis, I can almost take it in my stride. 

 

Majestic sun and sky, ending the day here, before heading back to London

 

Another year leading the walk for The South Bank Walking Group

 I thought this would be a doddle!  I checked the weather report which said high winds but I didn’t give it too much thought. 

Walking into a Storm called Miguel, just along the Seafront at Seaford.

 

As the train was pulling in at Seaford, I saw the sea was looking wild. There were 13 people waiting outside the train station for me. One of them was keen to advise me, that the wind was blowing in a southwesterly direction. She further warned me, if we walked over the Seven Sisters from East Dean we would have the wind against us. There were predictions of gusts up to 50 miles an hour. They weren’t wrong. I took heed and suggested we walk from Seaford to East Dean instead but this was also problematic.

 

Walking up to the Seaford reserve with the wind blowing us sideways

 Many of the group were forced to sit down. I made an executive decision to go inland away from the cliffs. With the help of some very experienced ordnance survey map readers, we headed in and through Friston Forest to walk towards East Dean.

The sunshine came out and everything calmed down. No more howling winds, only a bit of a rustle through the trees. The walk turned out well. We were in a lovely part of the South Coast and we started to enjoy the rest of the walk. https://www.sevensisters.org.uk/things-to-do-at-seven-sisters/visitor-centre/

At Cuckmere Haven, the other side of The Seven Sisters there is a fabulous cafe and a tourist centre, with toilets, and places to sit. I found a little spot where I could eat my packed lunch and feel the sun on my face.

Afterwards, I spent some time browsing in the tourist centre and was very tempted to buy a collection of their handmade cards, alongside other interesting items. I didn’t really want to carry them around in a rucksack and get them squashed, so I resisted purchasing anything. Another time.

Now that I have experienced the other side of the Seven Sisters, I shall explore a little more and find some new walks.

Escaping from the cliff edges, going in Land to The Sussex Downs

 

DARTMOOR MAP READING SESSION

Two Blondes Walking have a website, like me, they write about walking. They also run courses in map reading, among other things, The major point I learnt that day, was that Stanfords’ the Map Shop has moved from Long Acre, Covent Garden, and has now relocated to Mercer St WC2. I hadn’t checked this out before leaving. It was upsetting to arrive, faced with a scribbled note on a closed boarded up door saying it has closed down.

http://www.stanfords.co.uk

Still, the show must go on. I found Stanfords’ new venue and met one of the two blondes. As well we had help from The Ordnance Survey Group, they were really helpful. Using a compass and a map, we practised how to find our way back if we got lost in Dartmoor surrounded by fog!  I understand the concept, but my map reading is something that will take practice.https://www.twoblondeswalking.com

Live Theatre- The Cheviot The Stag and The Black Black Oil

Live theatre tucked in a side street off the Quayside; is a small independent theatre. This was my second visit and I hope not my last.  I hooked up with an old friend to see this Scottish theatre group. The play was about the Scottish Clearances, as well as each actor playing multiple roles, they were also multi-talented musicians, and the Fantastic Live Music made this a great fun production.

The Magnificent Bridges overlooking the River Tyne at night.

 

Out in the ‘toon’ at night!

https://www.live.org.uk/whats-on/cheviot-stag-black-black-oil

I decided to go on a day trip to Edinburgh from Newcastle

After an early start waking at 4.45am!  My energy levels were a bit low. However, I still managed to walk 10 miles that day.

St Anthony’s Chapel Edinburgh, near Arthur’s seat. I avoided joining the crowds going up to Arthurs’ seat

 

I had no real destination as such but I was looking for a vegan cafe called Holy Cow, which was situated off Queen Street in a basement.  Eventually, I found it and got the chance to sit down somewhere relaxing. As I arrived from Waverly Station, there were numerous tourist places where I had picked up a map up of the town centre and wanted to get my bearings. I realised I wasn’t too far from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery,

Georgian architecture is very typical in Edinburgh, I love the wide paths, and roads.

A view of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery a very grand interior.

national galleries.org

Dublin Street looking out towards the hills and sea.

 

 

Until next time keep on keeping on.

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