Sixty miles

Sixty miles we’ve walked this week
The legs are tired as are the feet
But it has really been a blast
and we’ve walked the Downs Link trail at last

The weather’s been it’s fickle self
the rain and shine all good for health
Two days of sun and one of rain
But on this the fourth the sun again

We’ve walked by rivers, forded streams
seen bluebells woods with long sunbeams
We’ve followed maps and found our way
Along the Downs Link bridleway

Passed through stations trains long gone
Lapped up history, wandered on
Traversed from North Downs on to South
Along the trail to river’s mouth

And today we’ll be back by the sea
End of the line quite naturally
Four days of walking, sixty miles
It’s been the best and we’re all smiles!

©Jemverse

The ‘Downs Link’ trail covers the 37 miles between the North Downs in Surrey and the South Downs in Sussex. Much of it follows the old trackbed of the railway lines which linked so many small villages before being so brutally axed by the Beeching cuts in 1966. Known as the ‘Hundred Years Railway’, the line opened in 1865 and closed in June 1966. Over the last four days, my brother and I have walked its entire length and some bits in between (mostly to pubs along the route). By the time we finish on the Sussex coast this evening, we’ll have racked up over sixty miles on foot in four days

Blurred fields

There are no hills out there
Quickening, as light fades
the green speeds by

Yellow, a far horizon glows
‘neath a darkening strip
with smoke drifting

Barren trees in sparse hedgerows
The cast light of dusk falls
as wheels clatter

Cocooned in warmth within
the chill’s respite hastens
and blurred fields pass

Then, as light finally whispers away
miles of wide green darken
and a journey continues.

©Jemverse

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