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

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Trip to Goring Beach

We have had a pretty good start to our agility season. We planned a mix of shows to get us back into the swing of it ready for the season ahead and some workshops with Lisa Jordan which have gone pretty well. On March 12th we headed down to Nedlo near Southampton for a Kennel Club show for large lower grade dogs. It absolutely poured down with rain on our way down there and I got a little lost and missed walking the course for the first class. I'd been ill the week before and I don't think I was quite 100% but Jazz was amazing. It was the first show this year that we didn't have a clear round but it was entirely my fault! I was a bit fed up as I had made some pretty basic errors on course whilst managing the tricky bits well. As we didn't have to wait for any prizes and the weather had cheered up we decided a stop off on the way home for a nice walk would be good. The dog friendly beach at Goring on Sea near Worthing in West Sussex was around half way home so we headed there. When the tide is out it is a mix of sand and rock pools with shingle at the top of the beach. The Bluebird Cafe at Ferring which is a short walk west of Goring along the beach is also dog friendly and worth a trip.
The girls had a lovely time and whilst it wasn't the most spectacular sunset the photos didn't turn out too bad.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Walk In Outwood in Surrey On Justin's Birthday

We parked up in Outwood Common car park opposite the windmill and followed the trail past the cricket pitch and into the woods.
You can find the link to the walk which takes you around the National Trust's Harewood Estate - Outwood Common walk

                                             Outwood Common

                                      View out of the car park

                                            Into the woods

                                            Secluded Pond

Ancient Oak Trees

Outwood Windmill

Afterwards we headed down to the Dog and Duck which is dog friendly for a spot of lunch.