There was a bit of culture for the 22 who arrived for this morning’s 5½ mile walk. We walked in an area where Alfred, Lord Tennyson once lived (in Aldworth House on Tennyson’s Lane). Our leader reminded us of some quotations from his work. For the first time in weeks it was cool enough at the start for some of us to wear jackets.
We set off from the recreation ground on Scotland Lane, took a byway south to Stedlands Farm, joined the Sussex Border Path and followed this (and the Serpent Trail) over Black Down to the Temple of the Winds. Here we stopped for refreshment and to look at the great view. We could see as far as the South Downs and even see the sea between Worthing and Shoreham.
In November 1967 a small plane crashed into the side of Black Down. All 37 on board died as did 65 sheep on the ground.
From the ToTW we headed north on the Serpent Trail until we reached Tennyson’s Lane. Here we turned left and took a footpath by the side of the lane, turned right on another footpath then took another on the left on the south side of Haste Hill. This reached Scotland Lane at a crossroads. We headed west along this back to the recreation ground.
The walk was described as moderate; one person thought that the degree of difficulty was more than this. However, the degree of difficulty refers to that given by the Ramblers which I think many forget.
Map: OS X 133