From Chanctonbury Hill

The proud, long vista of Sussex Weald

Seen from Chanctonbury Hill

Many times this splendour witnessed

Yet catches my breath still

©Jemverse (April 2013)

As well as living next to the sea, I am also fortunate to live within walking distance of one of the UK’s most breathtaking walking trails – the South Downs Way. One of my favourite walks – ordinarily with my younger brother Dave – is a route over the hills from a small hamlet called Botolphs, over the downs following part of another trail called ‘The Monarch’s Way’ and part of the South Downs Way to a hill fort known as ‘Chanctonbury’. This is topped by a ring of beech trees – unfortunately decimated in a hurricane in the late 1980’s, but now struggling back to a shadow of its former glory – and commands a breathtaking view over the Sussex Weald. It is a view I never tire of, hence these brief but heartfelt words.


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