Lewes to Hassocks
Sunday 23rd September 2018
I walked another stretch of the South Downs Way today, from Lewes to Hassocks.
London September 2018
Familiarising myself with the map on the train down to Hassocks.
On my way through Lewes, I thought this house looked rather nice.
Heading out of Lewes, near the prison.
Nice views from here.
Me looking a bit windswept.
I'd obviously caught the first spell of rain at this point. It wasn't too bad earlier on...
Some sort of abandoned farming machinery.
Nicely elevated here.
Tried to take an arty shot with these berries.
I think the views probably looked a bit more dramatic in real life than in this photo.
Reassuring South Downs Way signpost.
I found this biscuit in my pocket, and was glad to have it as I was getting hungry.
Familiar chalky paths of the South Downs.
The clouds starting to look a bit ominous now.
Shortly after this I think it started raining...
...you may note the gap in the timestamps. There was a fairly long stretch around Ditchling Beacon where it was just too wet and cold to want to get my phone out of my pocket!
Looking a bit cold and wet, just after Ditchling Beacon I think.
I think the rain eased up slightly from here on as I'm taking a few more photos.
The Jack and Jill windmills.
Now in Clayton, and after the surprisingly icy rain on top of the ridge I have to admit I was quite glad to be back in civilisation!
The bizarrely fortified rail tunnel mouth at Clayton.
The Jack and Jill pub, which I arrived at cold, wet and hungry.
Inside the Jack and Jill, just my sort of thing.
Delightfully naff old table mats.
I ordered a whole three courses, with this cheese board for dessert.
All British cheeses no less!
By the time I left the pub the weather had improved dramatically.
The railway tunnel in quite a different light.
The ridge I had just come down from - what a difference an hour or two makes!
Back at home, I started the preparations for making wine from the grapes in my back garden. As I learned, winemaking is mostly cleaning.
The grape harvest.