I like to get out at least once during the Christmas holidays although this year looked like it might not be possible given the awful weather that we have experienced during December. I rather guessed that most places in Sussex might be under several feet of mud so decided that I would try a new type of walking - station to station. This is something I have been doing for a while where other walks have allowed me, but there are times when I just want to explore the countryside in an area where I would normally travel through by train. This is the first then of an occasional series.
Watching the sun come up over Falmer pond was quite a treat. This little oasis of a village seems to have maintained its character despite the imposition of the A27 through the middle of it and the proximity of Brighton and Hove Albion's football stadium and the two universities of Sussex and Brighton close by. I lingered for a short while enjoying the atmosphere before moving on. There was a time not too long ago when this walk had a very unpleasant start as the only means by which you could access the downland ridge above Falmer was to walk along the verge of the busy B2123 road. Thankfully that is no longer the case thanks to a new path built to facilitate walking to the stadium from Woodingdean. It was the presence of this path that persuaded me that this walk should be done again. If you decide to do it just be aware that the path is shared by cyclists and they come down the hill at a fair old lick!
|Brighton Football Stadium|
|Brighton From Castle Hill|
|Castle Hill Puddles|
|Over The Hills and Far Away|
|View to Lewes|
|Ashcombe Windmill and Lewes Prison|
|Southover High Street|
For a shortish trip this had a little of everything - magnificent views; some personal nostalgia; new and exciting developments that in my opinion have enhanced the landscape and the most fantastic views from the Downs. I can see that this is the sort of walk that I shall enjoy repeating in the months ahead