The Wrong Way

By: snowgood

Jun 18 2017

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Category: South Downs Way, Sussex, Walking

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Leaving the radio masts behind us we continued, hoping to navigate through to Bishopstone via the “official route” shown on our missing leaflet.

As we got closer to the apparent turning I started asking walkers if they had the relevant OS map.

Everyone seemed to have a map of sorts, but one that only covered the trail they were on (not sure who that works if they go off piste).

Eventually we happen upon an old duffer who proudly proclaimed he had “excellent local knowledge”.

Actually he hadn’t a clue, and sent us down towards Blackcap farm (not to be confused with Blackcap Hill covered on one of our earlier walks).

I marvelled at the livestock, and was quietly thankful for James Herriot, whose books have made me appreciate cows and sheep, as well as the nation’s wildlife.

It all added up, a steady descent, but we’d actually swung south near Firle Plantation, rather than taking the footpath heading southwards at Bostal Hill.

Shame. Nevertheless, we saw some lovely cows, a few sheep and a cyclist who was evidently totally lost.

Roads bike and bridleways aren’t a good mix, he did a 180 degree turn and headed back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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