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High Weald Hike: Slaugham & Staplefield

Kept it nice and easy and very local for the first hike of 2021, venturing just a 15-min drive from Horsham to the High Weald. I parked in Staplefield (more about the village and its famous residents later), just by the cricket pitch, which proved to be a good starting/finishing Read More

Harting Down, Kingley Vale & The Old Admiralty Semaphore Line

Fresh from some fantastic hikes of epic distances in the Peak District, I was compelled to push myself even further distance-wise, and devised an ambitious 26km (that’s a shade over 16 miles in old money) perambulation on the South Downs just north of Chichester. A route that would take in Read More

The Devil’s Punchbowl

I was in Conan Doyle country today: the gorgeous Surrey heathland of Hindhead Commons and the intriguingly-monickered Devil’s Punchbowl. I arrived mid-morning and it was already busy with the lockdown-induced stir-crazy picnic crowd – indeed, they were already sprawled out on the grass scoffing pork pies (not that there’s anything Read More