|Name of walk||Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs Way with Fr. John|
|Date of walk||2019-09-23|
I took the train from Brighton to Hassocks and met up with Fr. John for a walk from his house up to Ditchling Beacon on the South Downs.
The walk starts at John's garden gate. We go through it and its just a short road walk to the path up on to the South Downs.
View to Jill, one of the Jack and Jill windmills at Clayton. Jack was hidden by trees.
John points out that this used to be Dame Vera Lynne's house before she moved down to Ditchling Village.
The way ahead.
View over to Oldland Windmill which we will visit later.
We head up the track towards the top of the downs.
Now on the top, just as it starts to rain! Thankfully it doesn't last long.
View back to Brighton and the sea.
A little bit of sunshine on the South Downs Way.
Good views out.
It can be a bit windy up here.
Looking down on Ditchling.
Looking over to Hassocks.
A Fox Moth Caterpillar.
A two photo panorama of our view back. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.
We head on to find a lunch spot.
Our lunch spot view looking down on Westmeston.
John had made his usual doorstep smoked salmon sandwiches.
Not forgetting the coffee!
We take the track down which leads through the woods of Ditchling Nature Reserve.
We pass a vineyard with bunches of ripe black grapes. We taste a grape.....just for quality control! Lovely!
John finishes off with some blackberries.
We cross a field and head into Ditchling.
We visit St. Margaret's Church founded in the 11th century.
There are many old buildings here.
The duck pond.
We follow the course of an old Roman Road across fields.
John points out the spire of St. Hugh's Charterhouse, Parkminster in the distance. A Carthusian Monastery where John was before he became a Priest. The Carthusians are one of the more austere orders within the Catholic Church, and life for the monks is very challenging.
View back up to the South Downs.
Oldland Windmill which dates from 1703.
The weather vane.
The walk ends back at John's garden gate. Six miles, and just over four hours.
John shows me the rainbow flagged garden gnomes of a house in a nearby street.
These ones are two foot high!
Not forgetting the llamas!
Back to Brighton Pier for another sunset.
From the pier.
Another excellent day!