NHDG of the Ramblers -
North Hampshire Downs Ramblers Holiday, Eastbourne,
3rd to 6th June 2018
Sunday 3rd June 2018 in lovely sunny weather 23 members of the North Hampshire Downs Ramblers group met at Battle and sallied forth to begin their annual walking holiday with the first walk of the programme, the 1066 Country Walk which passes the site of the Battle of Hastings. The intention was to begin the walk at midday but due to road accidents and horrible traffic jams some members of the group, including the walk leader, were unable to get to the starting point until after 1 pm. Walk leader Paul was a bit frazzled by the journey and not quite champing at the bit to get started. None the less, and in spite of never having done this walk before, Paul did an admirable job in guiding us across quiet fields and woodlands passing the places where once men fought for king and country. Walking is a thirsty business and so at the end of this pleasant 5 mile walk some members of the group laid siege to the bar at the Abbey pub in Battle. We spent a happy hour in the sunny pub garden, a fitting end to our first walk.
Monday 4th June 2018 dawned not quite so warm and sunny as the day before but perhaps just as well because we had a long hard walk ahead of us. Fortified by the splendid breakfast provided by our B&B, Mike especially happy – 2 slices of proper fried bread – 25 of us (I can count, 2 more members of the party had arrived) set off to the start of the walk at the Seven Sisters Country Car Park at Exceat. This walk was described as one of the most attractive stretches of coastal scenery in South East England with a section of mixed woodland in Friston Forest and 2 smart pretty villages. (The Tiger Pub at East Dean was pointed out by Tony C. as a future destination.) Mike was our walk leader and a few folks seemed to be getting a bit ahead of themselves so yellow warnings were issued -
Tuesday 5th June 2018, a cooler day today but dry and just right for the long climb up to Beachy Head. The party met at the band stand on the sea front and set off at 10am. The first part of the walk took us along the seafront where large Victorian hotels speak volumes about Eastbourne’s past. “A resort built by gentlemen for gentlemen”, said the Duke of Devonshire who was responsible for rebuilding much of Eastbourne in the latter half of the 1800’s. The arrival of the railway accelerated growth. Today, new buildings sit uncomfortably beside the old. We arrived at the kiosk at the foot of the first part of the climb and here Fleur, our walk leader for the day, reminded us not to go too close to the edge! So up we went, slowly at first because legs were still tired from the previous day. At the top of the first climb we halted and were advised that we could either take a slightly more inland route away from the edge or go around the edge of the cliff on a narrow but well-
Wednesday 6th June 2018, a warmer day with sun promised for the last walk on the programme. The leader today was Ed who was taking the group on a 9-
In summary, our walking holiday this year resulted in the following statistics:
Fantastic walks 4
Quiz done? Yes, Position last (where were you Richard Keast?)
Number of walkers 25
Number of sore feet 50
Aching muscles? Yes
Did we enjoy it? YES
Will we do it again YES PLEASE
Many thanks to Mike and Maureen for again organising a great walking holiday and thanks to our brave walk leaders for guiding the group on these walks.