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We began by taking the train to Southease. Crossing the River Ouse bridge , we briefly called into the Saxon village church with its round tower (one of only three in Sussex and all nearby in the Ouse valley).
But we were soon climbing up onto the ridge that runs north alongside the west side of River Ouse to the junction with the Juggs Track overlooking Kingston and Lewes. On the way, just north of Rodmell, we crossed the Greenwich Meridian and so passed from the Eastern Hemisphere into the Western.
After a short length of the Juggs Track we turned north on the SDW and descended towards the noisy A27 at Newmarket – pausing for lunch in the corner of a handy field and stripping the hedgerow of blackberries.
After passing under the Brighton to Lewes railway that we had trundled along a few hours before, we crossed the dual carriageway by the bridge and climbed up the autumn stubble hillside beside Housedean Farm towards Blackcap up on the ridge of the Downs.
From here we strode westwards across Plumpton Plain and were soon at the Beacon where tea awaited – and Liz and Veronica who had generously driven up there to ferry everyone home. Our grateful thanks to them.
About 12 miles in five hours. Well done everyone.
Walk Three: Ditchling Beacon to Upper Beeding