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Beacon Hill & Elsted – 9 December 2023

The group of nineteen determined walkers met in misty, gloomy conditions at the car park of the Three Horseshoes.  Visibility was only about 100 yards, and the South Downs couldn’t be seen.
A local shoot was planning to be active in that locality, but a quick word showed they wouldn’t be targeting us.

We set off down the lane towards the fields and found that although the approach roads had plenty of floods, the pathways were muddy but quite walkable. The steep climb up the scarp required two steps for breath and a longer one was enjoyed at the top before a ridge walk along to Beacon Hill on the South Downs Way.  By that point, the sky had cleared and fine views were experienced to the North Downs. It was downhill from then on, walking poles were needed for braking and exactly on time at 1300 the pub was full of our group.  The staff were very efficient and served up the hearty portions with no misunderstandings about forgotten orders.

Thanks to all who came and make it a good experience. We look forward to the next walk by Walderton in January.
Richard Worsley