Monday, 14 August 2017

Marsh Green walk and visit to Telscombe

We parked up by the church in Marsh Green, near Edenbridge and took the footpath which goes along side the church and through Gabriels Fishery.
After that we took a wrong turn and missed the intended footpath and ended up going a lot further than we mean't to. It's not the first time we managed this but the footpath signs around the Fishery are rubbish. By the time we had worked out we had gone the wrong way it wasn't worth turning round so we carried on eventually picking up the Vanguard Way which runs from Croydon to the South Coast (66 miles in length). From  the Vanguard Way we were able to retrace our steps and pick up our intended route by Starborough Castle and back towards our start point.

                                  Great Willow Herb
                            Common Fleabane
                             Meadow Brown Butterfly
                                        River Eden

                                 Cooling off after getting lost
                                   A Gaggle of Geese

On our next day off we went to visit friends who had moved to Newhaven on the South Coast. These photos were taken from a footpath which runs up past the church in Telscombe village and up onto the Downs. The views are stunning up there on a clear day.
We had lunch in The Juggs pub in nearby Kingston village which has an absolutely lovely outdoor eating area in nice weather. The food was good and it's dog friendly.

                       View back towards Telscombe
                              Purple Loosestrife

Monday, 22 May 2017

Walk to Firle Beacon

We met up with my two sisters and their family for lunch in the dog friendly Yew Tree Inn  in Chalvington, East Sussex. After a nice lunch we decided to head up onto the South Downs to fly Justin's new drone and give the dogs a walk. We parked up at the Firle Beacon Car Park which is crossed by the South Downs Way, a long distance path which runs from Beachy Head near Eastbourne in East Sussex to Winchester in Hampshire. Firle Beacon is about a mile of fairly easy walking from the car park.

Below are some of the views inland and towards to sea from on top of the Downs


                                    View towards Newhaven

                                             Looking East

                                       Izzy admiring the view!

                                            The Beacon

Monday, 17 April 2017

Spring Walks in Sussex and Surrey

We have been out and about enjoying the lovely spring weather, The first set of photos were taking on the north bank of Weirwood Reservoir near Standen and the Sussex Border Path.

                                      Hawthorn blossom
                 View of Standen from the edge of Hollybush Wood
 View from the access land above the reservoir with views towards Ashdown Forest.
  Some of the trees have leaves but others like the oak trees are still bare.
                                   Weirwood reservoir

The bluebells are starting to flower up by Standen Rocks which is a sandstone outcrop below Standen and above the reservoir.
                               View from below the rocks

                                         Wild primrose
                                         Cuckoo Flower
 Common Spotted Orchid in Hollybush Wood which is made up of ancient deciduous woodland.
          Newly laid hedge on the footpath leading out of Hollybush wood

Bluebells and Anemones flowering together in Great Earls Wood nr Oxted in Surrey

                             Coppiced trees in Great Earls Wood
                           A big show of daffodils
                                A stunning show of Cherry Blossom