I finished walking the 200+ mile Sussex Hospice trail on May 29th in glorious sunshine but some of the previous 20 days had been quite a challenge. Mostly the weather was dire…wind, rain, hail, thunder, and worst of all MUD …so much MUD!!. Despite all these difficulties, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and felt very sad when it was all over. The route covered the length and breadth of Sussex with 26 sections between Chichester and Battle firstly on a Southern loop and then returning on a Northern loop.
Throughout the scenery was magnificent as was the wildlife. I was privileged to see several deer, two foxes with their cubs and so many amazing sea birds and summer migrants. Nearly every day I was accompanied by sky larks singing their hearts out and swallows swooping before me showing off their aerobatic skills.
Unexpected highlights included remote train stations, restful lunch stops on church benches, wonderful architecture, unusual signage, interesting conversations with people along the way but most of all the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful countryside of Sussex.
Not so welcome were frisky horses, disgruntled cows, feisty bulls, and sandwich-stealing sea gulls!
I am extremely grateful for all the support I was given during the walk and for all the donations I received and will be making a donation of £1200 to Friends of Sussex Hospice.
Start & End Point: Chichester
Date finished: May 29, 2021
Fundraising for: FSH –