Devil’s Dyke to Truleigh Hill with Fr. John

Name of walk Devil's Dyke to Truleigh Hill with Fr. John
Date of walk 2017-09-25

On the Monday I took the ten minute train journey from Brighton Station to Hassocks, where Fr. John lives. It was raining as I walked to the station, but it had stopped by the time I reached Hassocks. John collected me from the station. We stopped off to collect some items for our sandwiches before heading back to John’s. Soon we were ready to set off on our walk. We would do a walk on the South Downs Way from Devil’s Dyke to Truleigh Hill, and back.

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The view of the Devil's Dyke.

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We had parked in the NT car park at the Devil's Dyke Pub.

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On a clear day you can see the whole of the West Sussex Weald.

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Unfortunately today was not clear but misty. We would be heading out along the escarpment towards Truleigh Hill.

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The lack of visibility hadn't put off this artist.

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John leads the way.

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John attempting to have "dominion over the cattle".

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We are heading that away!

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The distinctive masts of Truleigh Hill ahead left.

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Me with a South Downs Way sign. We have lunch at the top, sitting outside a barn with its own boat. John had made his famous smoked salmon sandwiches. Delicious as usual!

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It is clearing up a little.

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A bit warm now for coats.

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The sheep were fighting to get to lick the nutrient block.

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A 'sign' of exasperation? Fulking is a nearby village. When the bishop sent John to his current parish, John thought the bishop was swearing at him......his parish is Effingham!

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Fields of sunflowers.

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Its a good job that cows don't fit through cat flaps!

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We make it back to the pub (ahead) for a well earned drink. A walk of just under six miles. It took us three hours.

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St John the Baptist Church in Clayton.

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We stop off at the small and simple Anglo-Saxon church. It is distinguished by its remarkable and extensive set of wall paintings, dating from the early 12th century and rediscovered more than 700 years later. Much of the structural work of the church is 11th-century and has had little alteration. Unfortunately the church was closed for renovations so John couldn't show the wall paintings to me.

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We visit Waitrose in Burgess Hill. We take a photo of the theatre for my American friend, Jeen, who used to live in Burgess Hill. Happy memories Jeen!

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John outside St. John the Evangelist Church in Burgess Hill. They have eight bells in their tower.

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John and Steven, the vicar who showed us round the church. Bell practice is tonight, but unfortunately I have other plans.

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We head back to Hassocks where John makes Salmon with Mediterranean vegetables.

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The evening sun is now out, so it is warm enough to eat in the garden. On the table is a pile of Wainwright guides that John picked up for £1 each in the Burgess Hill book shop today. Mine cost £11 each!

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Cheers John! Thanks for an excellent day!

It was a pity that the weather took a dip on our walk day, it was still warm and windless and the visibility did improve to give us views as the day went on, but they were better with the naked eye than on camera. We had planned to go down into Devil’s Dyke, but my ankle was playing up again, so as I had two more days of traipsing around Brighton ahead of me we curtailed our walk. In the evening John took me to Ditchling Beacon. It had good views out over Brighton and to the football ground. Security, film crews and horse boxes were in the car park, they had been making a film called ‘Carmen’ about a horse, I’ll look out for it!

Jo.

 

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