Lunch on Ditchling Beacon
Saturday 25th September 2021
Took the train down to Hassocks, and repeated a circular walk from last summer, up to Ditchling Beacon and back again.
London September 2021
The trains were a bit disrupted today, and it seemed to take a long time to get to Hassocks - an hour into my journey and I'd only made it as far as East Croydon.
Still, things did improve a bit from there on, as there was plenty of space in fake first class on the Thameslink.
..and once out of London there were lovely views of the countryside to be had.
After arriving in Hassocks, I decided to follow country lanes to Ditchling Beacon.
Quite delighted to be out in the countryside.
New vineyard / winery.
A misty view of the downs.
Blackberries - alas I hadn't brought a suitable container to collect them.
Sheep and the downs.
This sort of thing drives me absolutely nuts.
Attempting to recreate a photo from a couple of years ago...
...although it was February the previous time, with a dusting of snow on the downs...
That new winery again.
The ascent of Ditchling Beacon.
Views part way up.
Scabious - possibly Devil's bit rather than field scabious?
More views further up the hill.
Some kind of memorial tree.
Still quite misty when I reached the top.
The trig point atop Ditchling Beacon.
Me looking a bit worn out atop Ditchling Beacon.
I rather like this photo.
Settling down for lunch for a bit, in a nice spot just off the path atop Ditchling Beacon.
With some Gevrey Chambertin to accompany lunch.
Although my dehydrated camping meal was probably not deserving of the accompanying fine wine.
My little campstove.
A novel solution to prevent knocking over the wine glass / bottle.
The view from where I ate lunch.
Video of the view.
The sky starting to clear a bit now.
Heading back towards Hassocks now.
What a difference a blue sky makes!
Looking very pleased to be outdoors.
Nice dew pond.
These South Downs Way signposts always make me smile.
Near the Jack and Jill windmills.
A little coffee truck.
One of the Jack and Jill windmills.
The view from near the windmills.
Heading down the hill to Clayton.
Last glimpse of the downs before getting the train at Hassocks.
...and some more Gvrety Chambertin in fake first class on the train on the way home.
Not sure why this was necessary.