Ditchling Beacon

Ditchling BeaconI haven’t done any training for a while, not since my 50K day two weeks ago. So, with only 13 days to go until the London to Brighton Challenge, I thought I ought to get out and have a bit of a walk this weekend.

Up until now, most of the running and walking has been on relatively flat terrain, which is fine apart from the fact that the London to Brighton route is mostly up and down hills. In fact, there’s one particularly nasty hill towards the end of the route that everyone keeps going on about – somewhere near Ditchling Beacon, the third highest point in the South Downs.


Luckily, it’s not too far from where I live, so I decided to go and check it out this morning, just to make sure I would know what to expect on the big day. Not wanting to overdo it, however, I decided to catch the bus to Falmer rather than walking all the way from Hove.

The walk itself was fairly leisurely, mostly because I kept stopping to take photographs and check Google Maps on my phone to make sure I was heading in the right direction, and the weather conditions were pretty much perfect – dry with sunshine and a good breeze. In saying that though, I wouldn’t have minded a bit of rain as I need to test out my new waterproofs at some point.


Although it was all up hill to Ditchling  Beacon, it wasn’t a particularly steep climb getting there from Falmer; but the walk down the other side towards Plumpton was a different story. I couldn’t remember the exact route for the Challenge, so I decided to just choose a path, walk down it and then find another path to walk up.


The path that I chose to walk down was a bit of a killer on the legs. Not only was it incredibly steep, but the surface was very hard and unforgiving; the path on the way up was much nicer by comparison as, even though it was still a steep climb, it went through the woods and much softer trails. Needless to say, when I checked the route once I got home, I discovered that the first one is the route that we will have to walk in two weeks time.

Rape Field

In saying that though, even though the hill is very steep, it isn’t as long as I thought it would be, so I’m feeling ok about it. All I need to do now is jump in the shower with my new waterproofs to make sure they’re up to the job if the weather decides to turn!

I’ve opened an Instagram account, so please feel free to follow me there if you’d like to see more photographs of my running and walking adventures. Instagram Link


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4 responses to “Ditchling Beacon”

  1. Kerrie says :

    Love the photographs! 🙂

  2. kylabee says :

    Beautiful pictures and it looks like a great place to explore. Always time for pictures. 🙂

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