In the autumn you can never quite be sure of the weather you are going to get. Even days when the weather forecast is set for sunny intervals this can cover quite a wide variation of sunshine and so it proved today for this walk based from Billingshurst. We wanted a walk that encompassed a pub lunch, especially because the lunchtime period was supposed to be overcast while afterwards it would be sunny once the cloud lifted. Sadly it didn’t really turn out that way – the weather stayed mostly stubbornly grey. The walk in question is The Wey and Arun Canal From Billingshurst, number 14 is the Pathfinder Guide West Sussex and the South Downs.
We continued along the towpath until we got to Rowner Lock whereupon we took a right hand turn to leave the canal and head back towards Billingshurst. The hint of sunshine that we got almost immediately disappeared and the walk back to Billingshurst along field edges was largely uneventful except at Rowner Farm where we passed by their magnificent display of dahlias. What a splash of colour that was on a largely dull day! In fact one thing that was very noticeable was that we did not meet any other walkers that day and in fact the only noise I can really remember was the beep beep noise coming from the machinery at the household waste site that we passed as we entered Billingshurst.