Hilaire Belloc bought King's Land (in Shipley, Sussex), 5 acres and a working windmill for £1000 in 1907 and it was his home for the rest of his life. Belloc loved Sussex as few other writers have loved her: he lived there for most of his 83 years, he tramped the length and breadth of the county, slept under her hedgerows, drank in her inns, sailed her coast and her rivers and wrote several incomparable books about her. "He does not die that can bequeath Some influence to the land he knows, Or dares, persistent, interwreath Love permanent with the wild hedgerows; He does not die, but still remains Substantiate with his darling plains."

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Wednesday 2 May 2012

The South Downs Way Annual Walk...

One of the finest walks in England ...

22nd - 30th June 2012
places are still available at all pick-up points
This is an organised nine day walk along the full 100 miles of The South Downs Way National Trail, one of England's most beautiful long distance walks.
It has been enjoyed every June by hundreds of people from all over the world, for the past 33 years.

It is, by tradition, a supported rather than guided walk -with everyone free to walk at their own pace. The 'Footprints' team of ten experienced leaders walk the whole trail with you.

And you're assured that there will always be people nearby to help with directions, some first aid or just a friendly smile.

With luxury coach transport provided to and from the trail each day, it is by far the simplest way of completing this linear walk.


Chalk Stone Sally & John
Passing one of Andy Goldsworthy's chalk stones on the Annual South Downs Way Walk in June
The walk this year will begin in Winchester on Friday 22nd June
and finish at the magnificent 'Seven Sisters' on Saturday 30th June.        
Shirley 3Crossing Firle Beacon (courtesy Shirley Rushmer)
Each day averages around 11miles; the sectors are as follows :
Winchester - Exton - Queen Elizabeth Park - Cocking - Whiteways
Washington - Devils Dyke - Newmarket Inn - Alfriston - Eastbourne.

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