South Downs Way Day 4 - Bramber to Lewis
This walk was done well before I ever considered having a walking diary website, so the memories of those five days are limited - as are the photographs available for use. So, I'm recording what I have, but it falls short of the records that I would like to present.
My GPS also ran out of battery during the day (again !!) so the map and stats shown have been corrected as best as possible.
Bramber to Pyecombe was the first 10 mile stretch along the Downs escarpment and also a visit to the Devils Dyke !! We stopped for our usual beer or two at a pub called the Plough and then pressed on to Ditchling Beacon and Plumpton Plain before the long haul to Southease.
Nearing Plumpton was a moment of significance for me - My father was born at a place called Wivelsfield Green and it was now visible in the distance from the escarpment. My father had left Sussex as a young man to join the Army and after leaving the forces he settled in Teesside and found employment in the Chemical Industries which was thriving there in the sixties. He never returned to his birthplace and lost touch with his very large family and my many many cousins/uncles etc. Anyway, it was time for a brief reflection and a rare photo opportunity.
At Southease we took the train to our accommodation in Lewes - Now that was a great place for a night out, made even better by us meeting up with Sian & Dave who had made the effort to join us for the end of the walk - Sian was in charge of baggage transfer, and Dave was planning on doing the last leg of the walk with us the next day, starting at Alfriston.
3D outline of route