Western Weald Revealed

Western Weald Revealed

Did you know that the South Downs is the UK’s longest National Park? The South Downs Way winds its way along the chalk ridge for 100 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne. However, even removing all the twists and turns, it is still 75 miles as the crow flies from...
West Is Best

West Is Best

The rolling, open, hills and large skies of the South Downs calm and captivate the senses. The gentle chalk landscape and images of a bucolic way of rural life, seems the very essence of Englishness. Little wonder the Downs were the backdrop of the war-time poster...
Deer Frontier

Deer Frontier

Out on a walk recently with my dog Ruby around the Mardens, at the west end of the South Downs, we stumbled across a shoot. Whilst their target was pheasant, the sound of gunshot, ringing around the densely wooded hillside, clearly had an unnerving effect on the other...
Smile, It’s A Stile

Smile, It’s A Stile

Now, let’s be honest, if you are out walking and come across a stile, but spy either a squeezable gap alongside or an easier route through a nearby gate, how relieved do you feel? I’m guessing most of us would be glad not to have to perform a public agility test....
Walk The Line

Walk The Line

The Downs are an imposing natural barrier to the south of our area, so it is no surprise that for centuries local people have preferred to travel and trade along the flat, sandy soils of the Rother, between Petersfield and Pulborough rather than up and over the steep,...