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Ditchling Walk

Tuesday 26th September dawned rather grey and misty, but this did not quench the enthusiasm of our walkers who set off from the village car park in Ditchling on a five mile walk.
We crossed the local recreation ground before accessing a rather exclusive housing complex, which led us out into the open countryside. It is fair to say that we encountered some interesting mud patches, which made walking slightly tricky, but we were soon able to appreciate the local scenery whilst ambling along the valley just north of the South Downs.
After leaving a bridleway, which had provided us with views of Middleton Manor, which has now been modernised into a health spa, we crossed a field containing some horses, who seemed distinctly unmoved by our presence, and carried on munching the grass. Upon reaching Streat Church, which having regard to the size of the community it serves, is a most impressive building, we took our break and photo shoot.
Moving on, the walk took us past some fine farm buildings before reaching a further bridleway of tarmac construction, and which eventually lead back to Ditchling.
The nine stiles on route are worth a mention as several of these had been erected by the “Monday Group” (see http://www.mondaygroup.org/), who had set out to make them as user friendly as possible, particularly with our canine friends in mind.
When back at Ditchling, we repaired to the White Horse Inn where, after a considerable wait, our lunch arrived which was most welcome.


posted: Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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