It was a good day; there was constant sunshine and superb views. Twenty of us set off in the cold from the car park at the top of Kithurst Hill, West Sussex. The temperature gradually increased and, by the afternoon, most were in shirt sleeves and several were in shorts.
The nine mile route went SW on a bridleway from the car park, then west towards The Burgh where we stopped in a small wood for refreshment, then on a minor road down Camp Hill to North Stoke. Here we turned NE on Stoke Road and took a footpath that went by a ditch to the River Arun and Houghton Bridge, our stop for lunch. After lunch we returned to the car park along the South Downs Way.
On a walk in London last year there had been thirty-five in the group. The leader stopped occasionally to point out places of historical interest. He drew our attention to a building that was once a protestant convent. By the time his description had reached the back of the group, it had become this was where the prostitutes came from.
Map: OS X 121