My photo postcard of a winter hike on the South Downs near Black Cap in Sussex

The South Downs take some familiarity to appreciate their particular natural beauty. The scoops and curves of chalk hills and valleys contrast with the linear landscape of a ridge walk along a line of hills. The subtle colours are no less engaging for their softness. The underlying chalk, whiter than almost anything else in the landscape, sticks readily, its mud loading the boots almost immediately.
My photos are of a hike to Black Cap (206 m.) from the rail station at Falmer near Brighton.