Circular Sussex

It’s that time of year
the bags are all packed
the walking boots firm on my feet
My brother and me
with hearts full of glee
are off for our annual treat

Winchester bound
and the start of the trail
we’ll walk and we’ll chat and have beer
And through valley and field
to the Sussex Weald
we’ll rejoice in the fact that we’re here

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

[Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go out for a week’s walking. Typically this’ll be on our favourite long-distance trail – the South Downs Way through Hampshire and Sussex]

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Walking and Uno

This week accommodation
was booked for us in May
when my brother Dave and I
have our walking holiday
Once more the South Downs beckon
here in Sussex where we live
And we’ll be out there walking
as they have so much to give

We’ll revisit hills we’ve been to
many times before
But it’s always worth returning
as we’re always up for more
And when we’re done with walking
we’ll find a place that’s near
for some hearty conversation
over Uno¹ and a beer

©Jemverse

¹ My brother Dave and I have the same game of Uno running (albeit with some of our own rules) which we started three years ago. We play it in the pub throughout the year and every May when we go for a week’s walking. Scores are currently running at 195,249 (me) v 205,184 (Dave)!

Photos – Jempics

A walk on the beach

It’s the day before Christmas
so a walk on the beach
seems like a plan
as it’s in easy reach

And tradition would have it
that on this day every year
All Crouchers together
go walking with cheer

So we’re off to the beach hut
for a hot cup of tea
and a play on the shingle
and a look at the sea

And then we’ll walk back
after moment’s reprieve
to our home back in Shoreham
on this Christmas Eve

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

The Bull

Went for a walk up on Mill Hill
and met some scary sheep
But although we had due warning
it was the bull that made us weep

For he was really jolly big
as nervously we trod
around him fairly gingerly
on Sussex chalkland sod

We hugged each other with relief
when on the other side
then shared the pic on Instagram
to spread the story wide

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Ardingly Reservoir Walk

We wandered round the reservoir
My brother Dave and me
A little different from the hills
for change of scenery

A circle walk, five miles or so
A Badger pub on route
Wildlife here a-plenty
with the mallard and the coot

There were some hefty inclines
but the views between the trees
of the reservoir at Ardingly
were worth it for reprieve

©Jemverse

Photo – Ardingly Reservoir, East Sussex, UK – Jempics

Two Rings

Two rings on the final day
Familiarity
A walk which we have made our own
my brother Dave and me
A circle of eight miles
chalky trails beneath our feet
The sunshine smiling once again
to make the week complete

Starting down at Cisbury
then climbing through the fields
Up to Chanctonbury Ring and
views of Sussex Weald
It’s been a week of calm and joy
up on the South Downs Way
A brother’s walk together
on day by perfect day

©Jemverse

Photo – The Sussex Weald looking north from Chanctonbury Ring, West Sussex – Jempics

Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go for a week-long walk. We’ve been elsewhere but most times, the draw of the wonderful South Downs Way – out there on our doorstep – keeps us close to home. Day 5 took us back to a circular walk we developed ourselves. Called  ‘The Two Rings Circle’, it takes in both Cisbury and Chanctonbury Rings in Sussex.

Beacon

The day was full of sunshine
as we headed out, day three
of our walks on hills of Sussex
my brother Dave and me
This time to Ditchling Beacon
climbing chalky paths and hill
then into shady valleys
where the air was calm and still
The green of Sussex countryside
just took our breath away
and contributed to bring about
another lovely day.

©Jemverse

Photo – Ditchling Beacon, South Downs Way, East Sussex – Jempics

Every year in May, my brother Dave and I go for a week-long walk. We’ve been elsewhere but most times, the draw of the wonderful South Downs Way – out there on our doorstep – keeps us close to home. Day 4 took us just over 18 miles from Rodmell to Ditchling Beacon (and then down into Stanmer Woods).

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