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.