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Kingston Walk

The morning of Tuesday 18th October dawned dismally grey and wet but nevertheless as the clouds cleared, to show what a hardy lot we are, 18 members and wives with 3 dogs (Bruno, Teddy and Mollie) and two guests from Heathfield and Waldron Rotary Club turned up at the car park adjacent to The Juggs Arms public house at Kingston to embark upon our latest safari exploring the countryside around Kingston and Lewes.
The weather gods were smiling on us again which greatly helped our enjoyment of the walk.
After leaving the car park, we turned off the road and followed the path past the church where the grass to the graveyards was being kept trim. The path took the walkers up a gentle gradient and after admiring the rather quaint village and the immodest houses eventually crossed the road from the A27 and continued the modest climb to reach open hillside nearby the six sailed windmill.
The path led the group to a gently downland summit from where splendid views towards Lewes Prison and County Hall to our left, Newhaven and Seaford Head to the right and Firle Beacon, Beddingham and Mount Caburn ahead.
Our walk then took over the footbridge high above the A27 and Lewes Brighton railway before descending towards Southover on the outskirts of Lewes where we could admire the architecture of some historic houses, including Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleves.
Turning out of Lewes and back under the railway and A27, the ramblers followed the path though the fields in the flood plain of the river Ouse.
As the group passed the Cockshut or Celery Sewer (not sure which name is correct, the maps appear indistinct on identifying the particular stretch of open water), one dog decided that she needed to cool off and jumped in the water. Cries of ‘No’, Get out’ and ‘Come here’ were heard. The mischievous canine scrambled back up the bank to give the watching walkers an impromptu shower before she dried off by rolling in the grass.
The group continued ambling along pleasantly, crossing the C7 road and passing Spring Barn Farm where we joined a footpath which took us around the back of Kingston Primary School and back to the Pub.
The group was very pleased to see the Pub at the finish where all the walkers changed their attire and sampled the pre-ordered food and beverages whilst their four legged friends had a welcome drink. The food was efficiently provided and everyone and dogs seemed to be happy.


posted: Tuesday, 25 October 2016

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