Windscreen wipers swishing away with the last splattering of storm Arwen, we arrived at the start point in the picturesque village of Charlton. Spurred on by the Rear Commodores’ assertion that CYC ramblers wouldn’t be deterred by a spot of wind (82 mph at the Needles) a surprisingly large group set off toward the top of the Downs and, as luck would have it, stayed dry and encountered only stiff breezes. In the beech woods, the woodland floor was coated with a carpet of copper-coloured leaves. A small group of roe deer crossed the track ahead of us and quietly disappeared into the trees. Magical!
Continuing on out of the woods up to the South Downs Way, we diverted off the path up to the trig point for an opportunity to survey magnificent views across to the Surrey Hills.
After a short stop for coffee, the walk continued downhill through mixed woodland and on to the Fox Goes Free for a delicious lunch.
Thank you to all the walkers and diners for your participation despite the terrible weather forecast.