It was a cold day, the coldest this winter; we needed hats and gloves. We (18) met at the car park off the A272 near Stedham and set off in sunshine for the nine mile walk. Clouds soon gathered and the sky stayed overcast for the rest of the day but there was no rain until ten minutes after our return.
The route took us to Minsted, Didling, Elsted (our stop for lunch) and Dumpford along muddy footpaths, across water-logged fields and over rickety stiles. However, there were also stretches through conifer woods where the paths were well-drained, springy underfoot and easy to walk on; and there was only one field where the mud stuck to our boots. Most of the route was flat as we were in the valley of the River Rother. To the south of us rose the South Downs. Views were good. The boisterous bullocks which had worried those on the walk a month ago (while the rest of us dodged pigeons and cyclists in London) were nowhere to be seen.
Map: OS X 120