South Downs Way: Amberley to Graffham
Saturday 22nd December 2018
Next section of my walk along the South Downs Way today: from Amberley to Graffham.
London December 2018
Seems West Cornwall Pasty Co have started doing Quorn pasties.
Poster on the train, I found it amusing.
Just after arrival in Amberley.
There was a bit of flooding.
Can see the flooding more clearly here.
I remember crossing this bridge before, when we came down to Amberley a couple of years ago.
Up the first hill a bit, above Houghton, and already quite a nice view.
Although this secton of the walk was still mostly agricultural rather than the "wild" hilltops of other stretches.
Can see the flooding on the plains below.
Between Bury Hill and Westburton Hill I spotted what looked to be a little cottage with a vineyard next to it (it wasn't actually a vineyard).
A bit of bone.
A barn in the dip between Westburton Hill and Bignor Hill.
Walking up Bignor Hill now.
The National Trust sign for the Slindon Estate, next to Toby's Stone, near the top of Bignor Hill.
The view from Toby's Stone.
Quite windy up here!
Spotted this sign saying Winchester was 45 miles - as the whole of the South Downs Way is about 100 miles that must mean I'm over half way now.
Transmitters / masts atop Glatting Beacon.
View pleasingly framed by the trees around Sutton Down.
Looking North West from Sutton Down. I particularly liked this view. Lovely weather today don't you think?
Civilisation in sight once again! Looking down the hill to Littleton Farm.
The view down towards Upwaltham, where I had originally considered ending today's walk.
Inspected the bus stop at Littleton Farm, seems you have to book in advance for the bus to stop here. Possibly further down the road at Upwaltham is a more regular stop. Anyway, I decided to press on.
I continued on the South Downs Way, thinking I'd instead aim for Graffham.
Walking up Littleton Down, and turning to look back at Sutton Down, where I'd just come from.
The sun was already starting to get a bit low in the sky!
Silly self portrait.
I found this temporary South Downs Way sign interesting.
Some mushrooms on a tree stump near Stickingspit Bottom.
More sprawling views.
An older South Downs Way sign perhaps? Pointing in one direction to Duncton, and East Dean in the other.
Final silly self portrait of the day, I appear slightly stunned here.
Very colourful signpost.
I said goodbye to the South Downs Way here, to take a path leading down the hill to Graffham.
The wooded slopes heading down to Graffham.
Quite steep in places!
Arriving in Graffham now. I was reminded a bit of our arrival at Kingston near Lewes.
Some nice houses in Graffham.
The church, with the adjoining church cottage, which is a holiday let.
Another pretty cottage, with some timberframe.
This little building next to a pond was curious.
More houses of Graffham.
The final destination on today's walk - the White Horse at Graffham.
...which seemed to have electric car chargers outside.
That rather spoiled the atmosphere of the unspoiled rural idyll a bit (although the interior of the pub was similarly modernised, sadly).
Back at home later on, Erika dancing in front of the Christmas tree.