Night Owl

Apr 1, 2024 | Open Walks

night view over the Downs

Date: Sun 5 May
Start: Cocking
Start Time: 19.30 (finish around 10pm)
Distance: 4.5 miles
Terrain: One climb at the start, then mostly flat

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Join Rural Strides for a beautiful summer’s evening walk that combines wildlife, the night sky and mindfulness. The dusk chorus will be in full swing as we head up onto the Downs and into Charlton forest. As a place rarely visited by humans after sunset, we might also spy other wildlife (deer & birds of prey) in the gloaming. Routing around past the tumuli on top of Heyshott Down, there is then an opportunity to sit and enjoy an unobscured view of the night sky, before walking back down the hill in mindful silence.

This walk is an opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone into the woods and onto the South Downs after darkness. It will be a sensory experience too, with our ears, noses and skin filling the information gathering gap normally carried out by our eyes.

The route is short and mostly easy underfoot, and while our eyes will become accustomed to the dark, please bring a torch for added safety.

No dogs please on this walk.

night sky through trees

Rural Strides

Rural Strides is passionate about the history and cultural landscape of the Western Weald. Through engaging walks, which interpret the land and share local stories, we seek to connect people not only to the beauty of the area but also to local businesses. We hope you will find a Rural Strides walk an authentic and memorable experience, that will leave you feeling like a local.

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