South Downs Odyssey
Odýssey n. a long, wandering and eventful journey!

South Downs Way legs

Leg 12

Kithurst Hill
(Storrington) to
4 miles

And we saw a few horses but they were camera shy so the cameraman was only able to get their rear view!

Another fabulous Autumn morning and bad luck to all those of you who still have your noses to the work grindstone!  After our failure with taxis last time, we took both cars today, our rendezvous being Washington, the one just north of Worthing, not the USA. The drive across country took about an hour during which Allison’s head was still full of the Nelson Mass from the previous evening’s rehearsal with the Waverley Singers whilst Liz spent her journey reflecting on the answers that got away during the quiz evening at the Flying Bull.  

We had a superb panoramic view for lunch, and certainly the very best furniture that we have so far experienced on our journey.

We did a recce to our next starting point overlooking the Steyning Bowl, then it was time for tea and cake at the garden centre in Pulborough.

Once you start Googling South Downs Way there are so many articles and blogs it becomes compulsive reading. This link is added because it is really well written and well worth reading.

Towards Chanctonbury Ring

Lunch stop: Liz’s choice of cushion seemed a somewhat inadequate size for the job in hand, which caused much hilarity … OR ‘one’ could say, it was the space available that was inadequate!

We were following the alternative route that stopped us hurtling downhill and across the frantic A24; our route led to a bridge over the road, back to the car and another 4 miles clocked up.

There was a huge amount of traffic today, a lot of it created by the Goodwood Revival, so there were many vintage vehicles to spot. We left one car by St Mary’s Church and headed back to Kithurst Hill car park where we met a South Downs Volunteer Ranger.  His job was to pick up the dog s**t that irresponsible owners had left behind – it makes volunteering with The Rosemary Foundation a very pleasant occupation!  Walking today was fairly easy i.e. not much in the way of ascents, although the last mile was a knee-testing downhill.  The temperature was perfect for walking with an easterly breeze that picked up considerably, but remained refreshing rather than cold.  A number of swallows were circling (though not as many on this clip!) presumably before gathering for migration.

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