Triangular hike from Falmer to the South Downs Way overlooking Plumpton. Skylarks and blackbirds singing. Crops beginning to germinate. Newly born lambs in one of the more sheltered fields. First strenuous hike of 2018: the Sussex Downs are long rolling hills which make for sustained effort to see the views over to Brighton or over the Sussex Weald. Picnic near Blackcap, 206 m.
An uplifting lunchtime stroll in the classical landscape of Richmond Park, wandering amongst the deer herds, screeching crows and parakeets but under the rumbling superjumbos roaring off from Heathrow airport.
Outlined by snow, How Gill on Skiddaw Little Man (865 m.), seen through mist and some sharp showers.
Views and Textures from today’s Sussex stroll in the sunshine: Cuckmere Haven is a pebble and flint beach where the River Cuckmere flows into the English Channel. Views of the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters freshly white from the erosion and ravages of this week’s storms.