Sunday, 13 January 2019

West Sussex and the South Downs

Wild Life

rutting-deer.jpg Distance: 6.59 miles
Ascent: 71 metres
Duration: 1 hour 58 minutes

16. Belloc's Mill

motocross.jpg Distance: 4.01 miles
Ascent: 106 metres
Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes

6. St Leonard's Forest

Setting off from the village of Shipley at dawn, I soon crossed a deer fence into the Knepp Castle Estate. Across the field I could make out shadowy figures pacing back, then tangling together with a clatter of antlers. It was a sight that almost caused me to return to the car immediately: nothing else could top it.

On the second walk a very different sound filled the woodland. The roar of engines and the smell of two-stoke from the motocross circuit were a world apart from the tranquility of the first walk. Wild life of a very different kind.

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