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Plumpton walk

OUR summer walk on 28th June was greeted by warm, sunny weather. A group intrepid members and wives accompanied by three energetic dogs (Bruno, Teddy and Mollie) set out from the car park at The Half Moon public house at Plumpton on the third Rotary walk of 2016 to explore the countryside around Plumpton. It was good to see Ann and Marilyn on our walk for the first time.
The leisurely 5-mile walk took the 17 strong group along a route through Plumpton College towards Streat before turning east and then south near the race course back towards Plumpton.
The walk was impeded at the start by a stile which whilst being suitable for the human walkers was not constructed with consideration of the needs of our accompanying four legged friends.
With some verbal encouragement and persuasion, both Teddy and Mollie were able to scramble on their bellies under the lowest bar of the stile, but for 11-year-old Bruno this was not an option. A little bribery in the form of a treat however enticed him to clamber onto the first step and pass through the stile.
The route of the walk was reasonably flat and on well-defined paths or tracks, but although the majority of the route was dry, a walk in the country would be lacking something if it did not have some muddy patches and low branches ready to inflict discomfort on the unwary. In particular, there were stretches of the route near Streat where the muddy track with large puddles provided good fun for the three dogs.
The route enabled clear views of the South Downs including the large ‘V’ on the north escarpment sown to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria.
On the return, the group encountered archaeological excavations being carried out at the Plumpton Romano – British Villa, a farmhouse which dates from the third to fourth century. The group was given a brief explanation by Dr. David Rudling of the site and the dig being carried out by students from Sussex School of Archaeology. (see http://www.sussexarchaeology.org/#!summer-term-2016/c1un). When looking at the surrounding scenery it is not difficult to understand why a wealthy Roman would have chosen this site for his ‘Des Res’.
The group returned via lanes and through Plumpton College to Plumpton where the walkers retired to the Half Moon for some well-earned drink and eventually some lunch.

posted: Tuesday, 28 June 2016

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