Posted 23 September 2011 by Andrew Gardner
I took part in the South Downs Way Walk over the weekend as part of the Horsham 100 challenge in aid of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Joining my colleagues from our sister company Guy Leonard & Co we relay walked 100 kilometres from Arundel in West Sussex to Beachy Head in East Sussex.
Although I have lived in Sussex for the majority of my life it is always a pleasure to get the chance to walk on the South Downs. We had five relays in total and I walked the final stretch from Alciston through to Beachy Head.
Our relay joined part of a team of five intrepid young walkers who took on the complete 100 kilometre distance in a total time of 28 hours and five minutes, a very admirable achievement. My part was just a mere 20 kliometres or 12 miles starting at 4,45am when I took the baton from Neil Moore, MD of Guy Leonard & Co who had kept these guys company overnight after joining them at Devils Dyke above Brighton.
The picturesque village of Alfriston is a mere two miles from my start point at Alciston and the view looking down on the village from the South Downs Way with the Downs rising again behind as a backdrop is well worth seeing. My problem was it was still dark!!
The highlight though was arriving at Cuckmere Haven and being greeted by a classic view having climbed the hill through the trees in Friston Forest. Early morning and with beautiful morning sunshine it is a view I would recommend to anyone. The onward walk from Cuckmere over the Seven Sisters enroute to Birling Gap and on to Belle Toute and finally Beachy Head has to rank with some of the best coastline in the UK
For a very early start it was most satisfying morning's walk.