Plumpton to Blackcap to the Jolly Sportsman
Sorry, this event has been cancelled.
WALK CANCELLED DUE TO LEADER INCAPACITY AND TERRIBLE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
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This is a repeat of a walk which I last led nearly 3.5 years ago. How time passes.
I spent most of my childhood with a view directly across this countryside to the patch of trees known as Blackcap on the South Downs just a little to the East of Ditchling Beacon. Whenever I am driving in this area I still think fondly of home when I see the cluster of trees on the hill. Both of the wintry group photographs here, from different walks, were taken by the triangulation point next to Blackcap.
The walk starts near to Plumpton racecourse and crosses through gently undulating fields and woods to the village of Streat, with its impressive manor house which we can view through its securely locked gates! After that down paths and bridle ways to the foot of the Downs. A fairly steep ascent from Westmeston will take us up to the South Downs Way and an area known as Plumpton Plain.
We shall go along here for a bit, looking down on Plumpton Agricultural College, where I studied a long time ago, until we reach Blackcap. This is the centre of an area of the South Downs which belongs to the National Trust. The area is of historical interest with burial mounds, battle grounds and ancient tracks.
After this we descend to more lowland countryside, making our way to East Chiltington where there is a nice pub and then a bit more of a wander back to the station. There is another pub a short walking distance away.
What to bring
Please bring everything you need with you. Walking boots are essential and do ensure you have waterproofs and layered warm clothing; the weather can be very different between the exposed hills and down below.
Remember to bring cash for the pubs we visit.
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch which we shall hopefully eat on the Downs. It may be late winter, but it may also still be hot so please ensure you have enough water to drink. There is no shop particularly near this fairly rural station so please bring everything with you. This will include cash for the pubs we visit.