This was the stage I was most looking forward to, taking in The Needles and Tennyson Down – along with several long stretches of beach. The rain from yesterday had not quite been replaced by sunshine but at least it was dry.
While the weather forecast for today was not great I at least started off in Cowes with no rain. This situation did not last for long, as I rounded Egypt Point and headed into the prevailing wind there was a clap of thunder and the start of a heavy downpour.
So I have finally made it overseas, a little later than predicted and not as far as one might have thought… Arriving in Portsmouth I headed straight for the Hoverport.
A walk along the South Downs Way during late September 2007, through the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex and into Hampshire. Starting at Eastbourne the route mostly follows the northern escarpment of the South Downs for 100 miles to Winchester.
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.
Well possibly just a single stoat, but while I was out in the garden picking peas and sweetcorn for dinner I spotted a fast moving stoat dive for cover. Rushing to get the camera, and I tracked it down to the pile of rubble, where it was keeping a lookout…
Back in 2004 I made a couple of trips to Sheffield, visiting the Winter Garden, a wander around the city centre, and a walk through the Botanic Garden.
The first visit was in March 2004, the second was with the Kew Guild in November 2004. Perhaps one day I will visit at a time other than winter!
Sheffield Winter Garden
Sheffield Town Hall
Sheffield Botanic Garden
Driving back from Cumbria in June 2004 I stopped off to visit Ness Botanic Garden and the National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool.
Ness Botanic Garden
National Wildflower Centre
A trip in June 2004 to Northumberland, visiting Alnwick and Cragside Gardens – with a brief stop over to meet the Angel of the North.
Angel of the North