Piltdown Perambulation

The view south with the sun trying to burn a hole in the cloud The view from Piltdown across to the South Downs, with Tim leaning on gate Newick Church

I had been given a copy of a short circular walk (that goes right past the house) when I got the Ouse Valley Way Walk from Per-rambulations. I had been keen to do the walk and when Tim and Helen came down to Sussex for the weekend it was the perfect excuse for a leisurely ramble.

The walk takes in 3 villages (Piltdown, Fletching and Newick) and passes 6 pubs – perhaps I should have chosen a ‘dryer’ walk as it could take a while with Tim and Helen around…

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Pen-y-Fan

Not quite the top of Pen-y-Fan Tim invited me along to another walking trip with the NIMR hill walking club, this time to the Brecon Beacons.

It was late on friday night when we passed over the River Severn and paid our £5.10 to get into Wales. Why is it £5.10 and not an even £5 which would be so much easier? What was the need for all those 10p pieces? are the Welsh trying to undermine the GBP£ by hording all the 10p coins??

We continued on, passing Merthyr Tydfil and up into the Brecon Beacons – and it started to rain. We caught up with the minibus from NIMR and spent a little while in sunken lanes looking for the bunkhouse…

The morning was overcast, and the cloud was getting lower as breakfast was eaten and discussions continued about the walking options. Eventually we all started to head off to Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in South Wales.

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Sussex Ouse Valley Walk

Sussex Ouse Valley Way - a signpost near Furnace Pond Opened in 2005, the Sussex Ouse Valley Way meanders along the valley of the River Ouse in Sussex, from close to its source (near Lower Beeding) to the sea (at Seaford Bay). It is 42 miles long, and I hoped to complete it in 2 days – making the best of what the weather forecasters are suggesting would be the last days of summer weather for this year.

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Seven Sisters – A short walk along the Sussex Coast

With the weather forecast better on the coast than further inland, Tim, Ruth and Keshni came down for an afternoon walk along the Sussex coast. It worked out nicely, with glorious views of the Downs and sea, bathed in warm sunshine and a gently cooling sea breeze.

The view up the Cuckmere River Valley from just north of Cuckmere Haven The view across Cuckmere Haven towards the east

Parking at Exceat Bridge car park we headed south along the river to Cuckmere Haven, where the tide was just out far enough to allow some good views along the coast. The walk up the first of the Seven Sisters kept us honest by stretching out our calf muscles for the first time on this walk. The view back along the beach was worth it though, and the views to the east were most enticing.

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Weekend of walking in the Lake District

I gatecrashed a long weekend of walking arranged by the walking club at NIMR – National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill – where Tim used to work. It was a great gang of really friendly people, and a good weekend was had – despite the not so great weather.

Having arrived late afternoon on Thursday we had time to acquaint ourselves with the hut, and get our bearings – the Traveller’s rest was almost due south along the A591. It was in walking distance, though running back up the hill after a few pints was probably not to be recommended or attempted.

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